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Gareth Porter, an award-winning independent journalist, discusses how US diplomatic strategy on Iran nuclear negotiations gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leverage on the Obama administration.

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  • Not exactly sure what category to put this in. I’ve been pondering US foreign policy for a while and it seems to me that it has been irrational for quite a long time. In thinking about how foreign policy is “formulated,” I got to thinking that it may be a case of Hayekian knowledge theory. Just as a rational economic policy is impossible for any government because the bureaucrats cannot know enough, fast enough, does this also apply to foreign policy? Does this mean that a rational foreign policy is impossible? I’m not sure where this leads or what the implications are, but the idea sort of scares me. We have these guys in Washington deciding the fate of people all over the globe, but they don’t have the first clue about what they are doing.

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