THE MAKING OF THE FOREIGN POLICY
In the mainstream media and the academic circles, admittedly, the foreign policy makers are the president giving the general orientation allegedly implemented by his foreign minister. The president and his foreign minister are nothing but a frontage and a public show hiding the real actors of the foreign policy. A closely look of the matter, we discover that this schemas is too simplistic to be true.
Contrary to received ideas and popular stereotypes and clichés, the strategic and geopolitical agendas in foreign policy in particular, are not taken by politicians either the president or his foreign minister. The real foreign policy makers, those having the onus of elaborating doctrine and strategic and geopolitical plans, the topics and the issue of the future agenda are recruiting generally in corporate funded thinks tanks and the academic circles, economic and industry leaders and powerful lobbyists of especial interest. The backstairs influence that these hidden policymakers are exerting in the shadow within and inside the foreign ministry explains and illustrates perfectly the continuity and policy prevalent in the western politics in spite of political alternative, either between Democrats or republicans in US, or between Right and leftwing parties in Europe explains the permanence of foreign policy in the USA when a democratic US president is forced to continue and implement the foreign policy and the geopolitical and strategic agenda of his predecessor republican without any possibilty to direct it otherwise.
The US foreign policy since the Reagan administration, is dominated by the neocons which at the time pushed Israel friendly policies toward Iran seeing her as a counterweight to Iraq and this strategy led eventually to the Iran-Contra Affair. In the 1990s the neocons gained political momentum and took a real power in the US foreign policy thanks to their well-funded web of think tanks and medi outlets benefiting both from the largesse of military contractors and government-funded operations like the National Endowment for democracy headed by neocon Carl Gershman.
The US foreign policy in the Middle East has been bluntly deciding as Mersheimer and very recently Kirk Beattie had shown the role of Zionist lobby in the US foreign policy especially the role played by AIPAC the most powerful and influential and money-wise seeking support of Israel policy in Palestine and in the Middle East among the congressmen. We can observe the same phenomenon In current French policy which is under the thumb of a powerful and influential Zionist lobby lead either on governmental level by the Zionist Valls and Fabius and by the mainstream media and by a myriad pro-Zionist think tanks. On can remember the role played by the Zionist Bernard Henry Levy who convinced the French former president, the pro-OTAN and the pro Isreal, Nicolas Sarkozy to wage a bloody war against Libya and his longtime leader the late Muamamr Kaddafi who had been overthrown before he had atrociously tortured and murdered on 20 of October 2011.
The last and powerful factor in the foreign policy in the West concern the warmongers mainstream Media which are controlled as in USA and in France by arms manufacturers (One can cite in the case of France the two notorious media owners and arms manufactures in France are Dassault and Lagardere)
Keywords foreign policy, US, think tanks, Zionism, lobby, mainstream media, warmongers