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US: Who controls US foreign policy?
Maike Calnan says:"The Armed Forces have the regional commands, such as Pacific Command, European Command, and Central Command. While I was in Honduras as the staff engineer thirteen years ago, we had numerous dealings with the U.S. Embassy as well as the U.S. MILGROUP in Honduras. The MILGROUPs in each country in Central and South America worked for the U.S. Southern Command (in Panama, at that time, now in Miami), but the Embassies all reported directly to the U.S. State Department. The State Department had Assistant Secretary-level people with regional responsibilities, but they had only a small office staff, not a full headquarters. That allows the military to have a very thorough regional focus, whereas the diplomatic corps has a group of independent embassies". RH: The world is concerned that US foreign policy seems to come from the Pentagon rather than the State Department.
Ronald Hilton - 3/15/03