The Constitution provides only that the Senate shall advise and consent on the President's conduct of foreign affairs, but it is not easy for Congress thus to restrict itself. Lately, to an extraordinary degree, Congress has tried to take a hand not merely in the setting of goals, or the examination of Administration policy, but in the tactical conduct of foreign affairs. The results have been alarming.

Eight months ago, Congress banned all sales of arms to America's NATO ally, Turkey. The official reason was that Turkey had illegally used U.S. weapons in the 1974 invasion of Cyprus, and a...

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