President Ford addresses a joint session of Congress April 11, 1975, where he asked the lawmakers for nearly $1 billion in emergency military and economic aid for South Vietnam. Empty seats are visible in the House Chamber as the Chief Executive delivers his State of the World Speech. (AP Photo)
Checks & Balances

Why We Need a Congress that Cares About Foreign Policy

It took time, but Congress acted on Vietnam. Today, only a small minority of legislators dare to speak about our much longer involvement in Afghanistan, even though Congress receives voluminous — and often shocking — quarterly reports on the war’s progress.