Legislative v. Executive?

October 11, 2007

You may have heard about the furore over the US House Resolution on the Armenian Genocide. I read that President Bush had also expressed opposition to passing the resolution. So … I don’t know that much about the theory and practice of American Government, but I’m wondering: is this kind of decision supposed to rest with the Executive or Legislative branch? That is, expressing the official stance of the US regarding a historical / etc. issue. Sure, the L branch is supposed to decide how everything is going to “play out”, as it were, but I thought that Foreign Policy and etc. were mainly left up to the Executive branch? Obviously, in real life, theory goes out the window and it’s a bit of a tug of war between the two, but maybe someone could enlighten me as to how this, uh, should work.

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2 Responses to “Legislative v. Executive?”

  1. mancinica Says:

    I believe how it should work is that the Legislature worry about current events (economy, energy, crime, education) and less about history (something that happened nearly 100 years ago).

  2. Ben Says:

    If you don’t understand history, you’re condemned to repeat it … and in this case, how can we effectively deal with situations of genocide occurring around the world if the US Government has so far been afraid to publicly declare that the conflict that brought rise to the word “genocide” is genocide.

    The US Government gets a lot of flak for supporting human rights in the world. Every time we release a religious freedom report, for instance, some country or another gets upset. I don’t think the US Government should be intimidated by those folks. In this case, I would say it’s more like “about time” than “why bother?”.

    The US turns a blind eye to a lot of bad human rights situations in the world, because it needs the support of its allies (China, Saudi Arabia, etc.). Turkey is not one of the worst offenders, but if we’re afraid to say the truth about history because it offends another country, then how can we start to deal with the present?


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