"I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."
The fact that no such action has been pursued tells you that after all the huffing and puffing and grandstanding that Congress as an institution accepts these laws and the programs based on them. The House saber rattles but only because it must yield to the passions of its constituencies and their never ending need for reelection.
Unfortunately the Public can't be as informed as it wishes without compromising methods and sources; this is why we have state secrets after all.
Doesn't sound like trickery to me... I suppose that according to you, both sides of congress were gullible; but you on the other hand, well, you would have been infallible to such trickery..LOL
The gullible are outside the government. The criminals and domestic enemies are, for the most part, inside the gates already.
Some, maybe you, are apparently gullible enough to believe "if the President does it, it's not illegal" or such tripe. Gosh, if Congress passes a law, it's not illegal.
A sad situation this country is in....