Q. We hear a lot of terms and acronyms bandied about. ‘Deep State’ ... ‘MIC’ ... ‘FIRE sector’ ... ‘ruling elite’ ... ‘oligarchy’ ... ‘neocons’. Who actually defines and sets America’s geopolitical priorities and determines our foreign policy? Not “officially”. Not constitutionally. But de facto.
PCR: I don't know the full answer to this question, and I don't know anyone who does. We do know that foreign policy is shaped by powerful and entrenched material and ideological interests. PresidentEisenhower warned as long ago as 1961 about the influence of the military/industrial complex (today the military/security complex), and there are other powerful interests such as Wall Street and the large banks, pharmaceutical companies, oil industry, and agri-business. In brief, any organized group can further its interest through US foreign policy. These interests prevail over national interests, because there is no one to represent national interests. Presidents, senators, and representatives are indebted to the interest groups that fund their political campaigns, not to voters. The only way to stop the influence of organized economic interests over foreign policy is to take money out of politics. The Supreme Court decision in 2010 that gave corporations the right to purchase the government would have to be overturned.
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