The United States Department of State (or State Department) is a Cabinet-level agency of the United States government that deals with foreign affairs. The DoS falls under the Secretary of State's administration. Their headquarters is located in the Harry S Truman Building in Washington, DC, and this is a central part of the Deep State particularly with respect to foreign policy.
Its nickname is Foggy Bottom, a reference to its neighborhood and the name of its Metro stop in Washington, D.C., with a hint of muddled fogginess.
- See also: American foreign policy
Shortly after the Constitution was created it became clear that the President would need an executive department to support his foreign affairs.
On July 21, 1789 the House of Representatives and Senate established a Department of Foreign Affairs. On July 27 of that year, President George Washington signed the legislation into law making the Department of Foreign Affairs the first federal agency. Later that year the name was changed to the present name of Department of State.
The history of American foreign policy shows periods of presidential control and periods where the State Department shaped policy.
The White House ran policy under Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909), Woodrow Wilson (1913–21), Franklin Roosevelt (1933–45), Lyndon Johnson (1963–69), Richard Nixon (1969-74), and Ronald Reagan (1981–89).
Modern State Department
Sundance of theconservativetreehouse describes the modern State Department as such:
|"The modern U.S. State Dept is an independent, bureaucratic, and massive foreign policy institution that does not accept any oversight. They are able to accomplish their independent position by partnering with intelligence agencies. The Dept of State use the U.S. Intelligence Branch as a weapon against any individual or entity who would attempt oversight.
When a Secretary of State is appointed to the role as head of the agency, the arbitrary nature of the institution around them is accepted. In the modern political dynamic, the Secretary of State position is customarily given to a key political figure by the President as a payback or compensation for support. The SoS then uses their position for leisure, personal graft, a life of indulgence and a position to repay the interests of their tribe.
During any Democrat term in office; and in addition to funding the family of the President who appointed them; as long as the Secretary of State appropriately and adequately funds the members, families and friends of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, then they are perceived to be doing their job correctly. The SoS keeps that institutional mechanism working, and in return the unilateral operations of the department are supported."
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During the Rape of Afghanistan, with numerous public pronouncements from the Biden White House, State Department, Pentagon, and Kabul Embassy to contact the State Department for instructions and documents to exit Afghanistan, the State Department's email inbox overflowed and nobody bothered to respond to frantic citizens and refugees wanting the flee the Taliban terror.
With 40,000 Americans stranded, Blinken's State Department demanded $2,000 for a ride out of the country while Afghans rode for free. The U.S. Embassy consular services department sent a document with instructions to assist Americans and eligible Afghans claiming Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) status. The document looks exactly like an approved VISA document except there is no filled in name, no serial number and no barcode. The document is easily able to be forged.
American embassy staff in Afghanistan were apprised by the State Department to leave the embassy and make their way to Kabul airport. Staffers reported being jostled, hit, spat on and cursed at by Taliban fighters at checkpoints near the airport. Some staff members reported that they were almost separated from their children, while others collapsed in a crush of people and had to be taken to hospitals with injuries. Others said they had collapsed on the road because of heat exhaustion. “It would be better to die under the Taliban’s bullet” than face the crowds again, a staff member was quoted as saying in a State Department cable. “Happy to die here, but with dignity and pride," according to NBC News. A heart-wrenching audio clip of a stranded American woman in fear for her life was posted to social media.
On August 25, 2021 the State Department and U.K. officials issued a warning to American and British citizens to leave the vicinity of the Kabul airport immediately. At least 24 students from San Diego school district and 16 parents had tickets to fly out but were not able to get to the airport.
On August 28, 2021 it was reported that the Biden regime was refusing to help Americans stranded in Afghanistan. The Biden regime ordered the airport gates closed, and refused to allow Americans outside the gate fleeing Taliban terror to escape the Taliban terror. Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas reported, “They have been beaten by the Taliban at check points and told to leave and come back with large sums of money. Biden is going to get them killed!" Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey (D-NJ), tweeted,
|"They were outside one of the airport gates. They begged for someone to come out and get them. … They have little kids and were concerned by the chaos surrounding them. But they didn’t want to leave because they were mere feet from reaching safety on the other side of the airport wall. Within minutes of receiving this request, I happened to be meeting in person with one of the most senior officials at the State Dept. … I asked directly for a phone number American citizens can call if in an emergency like this family stuck at the gate. If I could get a number I planned to excuse myself from the meeting and immediately send it to the family at the gate. I was told no such number exists....Many people I talk to also legitimately fear the airport won’t be operational after the last US flight departs. The family gets contacted time to time by someone from US gov asking if they are still safe, but no mention yet about any evacuation plans. I reiterate, this is a family of US citizens and green card holders. I ask State Dept to please contact them immediately and tell them someone is on the way or get them instructions on where to travel. There are more citizens/residents that I am hearing from, as well as thousands of Afghans – including those who served alongside our military that are reaching out in desperation in these final hours.|
The Department of State is supposed to develop and implement the President's foreign policy around the world. The DoS also supports other U.S. Government agencies that are active in foreign affairs, such as the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the intelligence community.
The purpose of the Department of State should include:
- Protecting and assisting U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad
- Assisting U.S. business in the international marketplace
- Coordinating and supporting U.S. agencies in the international activities and official overseas visits.
- Keeping the public informed about U.S. foreign policy
- Dorman, Shawn. Inside a U.S. Embassy: How the Foreign Service Works for America (2nd ed. 2005) excerpt and text search
- Findling, John E. ed. Dictionary of American Diplomatic History 2nd ed. 1989. 700pp; 1200 short articles.
- Flanders, Stephen A, and Carl N. Flanders. Dictionary of American Foreign Affairs (1993) 835 pp, short articles
- Herring, George C. From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776 (Oxford History of the United States) (2008), 1056pp; the latest survey. excerpt and text search
- Plischke, Elmer. U.S. Department of State: A Reference History (1999) online edition, a comprehensive history to the present
- Plischke, Elmer. United States diplomats and their missions: A profile of American diplomatic emissaries since 1778 (1975)
- During the war Roosevelt worked through Harry Hopkins. In 1939, Secretary Cordell Hull complained, "Roosevelt …doesn't consult me or confide in me and I have to feel my way in the dark." Hull Memoirs of Cordell Hull, (1948), pg. 1227.
- Dean Acheson was the main policy maker.