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Passing meaningful legislation is indeed helpful for domestic power, but much less important for wielding power for the US's international constituency, which is largely determined, except for a few powerful lobbies with legislative support in the US -- such as Israel, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia (and Canada even) -- through the prerogatives of the diplomatic and defense policy bureaucracy alone, along with an always accommodating legislative and bureaucratic lobby for the budgets of the many elements of US "foreign" (i.e., global governance) policy. Since much of foreign policy is couched in military and intelligence discourse -- even aid and support for human rights --it gets passed even by hostile conservatives and is likely to continue under Clinton as with every other president since since Harry "I am Cyrus" Truman.
by santiago on Tue Nov 8th, 2016 at 03:26:00 AM EST
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Good to see you again, Santiago.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Nov 8th, 2016 at 04:27:17 AM EST
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Again, passing foreign policy appropriations wouldn't be a problem if the neo-conservatives (of whatever stripe) were basically still in power.  But Trump is not a neo-conservative, and might well cut across neo-conservative plans, particularly if they cost money.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 8th, 2016 at 04:11:21 PM EST
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