chapter  6
Grassroots Policymaking
MICHAEL CLOUGH
BySay Good-Bye to the “Wise Men”
Pages 6

Many pundits blame President Clinton’s inexperience or indecision for the current crisis in American foreign policy. But the roots of the dilemma lie far deeper. They run to the collapse of America’s postwar policymaking system-a collapse that not even the most sage and resolute leadership or the discovery of some new strategic formula could have averted. The problem, and the answer, is that the American people are in the process of reclaiming foreign policy from the “Wise Men” who have so assiduously guarded it for the past fifty years.