Op-Ed from the desk of IST editor
In these days of a worry about our national spending there has been a call for the suspension of all the US foreign aid to save some cash….many people are saying that we need to get rid of our spend thrift ways……I for one in the past has questioned the need for foreign aid….I have asked just what do we get in return…..but there are many that have NO idea what foreign aid is made up of…..they know the term and they know that it costs this country money…..but what it is is a mystery……maybe I can help…..
Here to help you visualize just how much the U.S. spends every year is a chart from the folks at Finance Degree Center.
Now I am saying that the suspension of foreign aid will NOT save much for the country……what we need to do is make country’s that qualify for aid use it for what it is intended, which happens very sparesly these days….take Israel…..the cash they get from the US is used to make war on its neighbors….we condemn any other country that does this…why not Israel?
Since foreign aid is basically “buy friends” then they should do as we wish or lose their cash cow…….call Israel out, for illustration, and the peace process would move along more smoothly…..but as long as we let them bully us and take our lunch money there will NEVER be a peaceful Middle East……..
Foreign aid is not going to solve many problems for this country….but it could be used to solve more international problems….that is if we make the aid on condition that it be used for the purposes it was given…..we can scream about wasted money but foreign aid is a fraction of what the Congress wastes every year……should we terminate their “benefits”?
My answer is YES! Congressional “benefits” is wasted money…there has been NO return on our investment in them.