After what they call eight years of failed American foreign policy by the Obama administration, House Republican leaders say it’s time to spin off the country’s diplomacy and statesmanship to the private sector. “The United States was built by our world-leading companies,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said at a press conference in the Capitol this morning. “The government doesn’t build Chevrolets. General Motors does. The country doesn’t make computers. Apple does. Today, it’s time to unleash our private sector on our foreign policy and do what our government has never been able to do: create peace and prosperity around the world.”
Under the plan Ryan and other leaders unveiled, the heads of GM, AT&T, Citibank, and other multinational corporations would work with leaders of countries around the world to replace war with peace and confrontation with cooperation.
“America’s business leaders already know how to create successful commerce in other countries,” says Randal Stephenson, chairman and CEO of telecommunications giant AT&T. “To make a profit over the long term in foreign countries, everyone has to win. The people of the other countries have to win. The leaders of the other countries have to win. America has to win. It’s time to take this same strategy and deploy it all across the world, and the people to do that are America’s business leaders.”
Stephenson is just one of several business chiefs who have been asked to head up a task force to create a plan for transitioning America’s foreign policy away from the U.S. Department of State to a committee comprised of American business leaders.
The chance for the businesses to earn a profit is key to the plan. “Businesses aren’t charities,” said Andy Bryant, chairman of computer chip maker Intel. “They succeed because they strive to make money. It’s the absence of the profit motive that prevents America’s foreign policy from succeeding. By unleashing American business ingenuity onto the world at large, we can create peace—and prosperity—where today there’s discord and drama. Before you can sell phones to the Iranians, you have to make peace with them.”
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said at a rally in Altoona, Pa., today that he’s glad to see his campaign has sparked this idea among congressional leaders. “I was the one saying it’s time to stop letting hacks run our foreign policy,” he said. “I was the one saying we need to let our business leaders, who know how to make deals, represent us with other countries. So, I’m glad our elected officials in Congress are listening, You’re welcome.”
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic leaders in Congress denounced the idea, saying the country’s foreign policy has been the responsibility of the public sector throughout the country’s history and it should stay that way. “We’ve seen what happens when our country punts on its responsibilities and outsources our prisons and our schools to private companies,” said Clinton at a campaign stop in Cleveland. “Standards go down while companies rake in money. This ill-conceived and misguided plan will enable companies to walk away with billions of dollars while our country’s relationships with other countries deteriorates. It’s a bad idea and just shows how impoverished the policy thinking is in the Republican party. Instead of making hard choices on what to do around the world, the Republicans are throwing in the towel and saying they’ll let the private sector handle it. That’s a dereliction of duty, although I wouldn’t mind it if they privatize the Republican caucus in Congress. I would agree in that case we might be able to get something done for the country.”
Republican leaders also said they’re working on a plan to privatize the presidency.
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