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Ukraine, Israel, and the Incoherence of U.S. Foreign Policy

The process of crafting congressional legislation is often likened to sausage-making. Best not to look behind the scenes at the mechanics of the process, which is a bloody mess.
But the analogy is not apt. Sure, sausage-making can be ugly. The end product, however, is presentable and usually quite tasty.
The legislation that emerges from the U.S. Congress, on the other hand, is often as ugly and unappetizing as the process that created it.
Consider the recent bill that bundled military assistance to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan along with a fourth provision covering more sanctions on Iran, the use of frozen Russian assets, and a potential ban on TikTok in the United States. The bill passed Congress by considerable margins. The vote was 79 to 18 in the Senate and—for the most controversial piece on Ukraine—311 to 112 in the House. The president then swiftly signed it into law.
But the margin of approval belies the months of political infighting that preceded the vote. First came the conflict over immigration provisions that the Dems originally included in the legislation to sweeten the pot for the Republicans only to discover that the Republicans were insisting on harsher measures. President Biden and the Democrats moved further …read more

Source:: Institute for Policy Studies


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