Seventy years ago the United States was confronted with a Cold War against the Soviet Union. For some reason, this threat by a nation that had atomic bombs did not persuade the Congress of the United States that it should look over the shoulder of presidents and make certain that he did not sign any agreements without first voting on it. Every American president handled foreign policy and we never had a war with the Soviet Union. Examine the record:
1. President Eisenhower offered to share atomic secrets with the world and reached out to the Soviet Union.
2. President Kennedy engaged in secret agreements with the Soviet Union without Congress getting in his way.
3. President Richard Nixon recognized the Communist China which killed over twenty thousand Americans during the Korean War. No Congress input.
4. President St. Ronald Reagan made agreements withe the Soviet Union about nuclear weapons. No Congress input.
5. Heck, President George Bush I invaded Iraq without a declaration of war by Congress
6. Of course, George Bush II sort of invaded Iraq.
Not once in the diplomatic history of our foreign policy has Congress demanded to oversee what a President does in his foreign policy negotiations.
So, why now now?