Have We Been Taking It In The Shorts With Our Middle East Foreign Policy?

Have We Been Taking It In The Shorts With Our Middle East Foreign Policy?

If it bothers you that our ambassadors have been killed and our embassies burned, don’t read this article as it will upset you even more.  Folks, we have been paying billions of dollars for years to those guys you see in the pictures tossing rocks at our embassies and burning American flags.  In May of 2011, President Barrack Obama called for billions of dollars in financial aid to Egypt and Tunisia as part of what he called a “comprehensive approach” to the Arab Spring.  The aid package that he proposed involved forgiving billions of dollars of past debt while giving more money to these Middle East countries.

Since 1979, Egypt has been the second largest recipient of U. S. foreign assistance receiving an annual average of close to $2 billion dollars in economic and military aid.  In August of 2007, the Bush Administration announced that it would increase assistance by $6 billion dollars to Israel alone over the next decade.  For the Fiscal Year 2011, the Obama Administration has requested $3 billion dollars in military assistance to Israel so it is not limited to just Democrats but to both parties.

For the country of Jordan, military and economic aid amounted to billions of dollars in aid.  Since the signing of the Oslo Accord in 1993, the United States Government has committed more than $3.8 billion dollars in bilateral economic assistance to the Palestinians.  Lebanon, in recent years, has seen their aid increase six fold.  For Fiscal Year 2011, the Obama Administration sought 246.3 million dollars in aid for Lebanon.

Now no one wants to add up the total cost in dollars that it cost the United States to fight the war in Iraq.  Conservatively, the cost comes very close if not exceeding $1 trillion dollars not counting the huge cost of thousands of American lives.  We will be spending millions of dollars every year for decades as we try and care for the maimed and wounded American soldiers that returned home with one leg or arm or no legs and no arms.

How about the amount of $8.6 billion dollars transferred to the Pakistani Treasury over the last 10 years sound to you?  Or how about the $459.8 billion dollars allocated for the war in Afghanistan since 2001!  It makes you even more sick and depressed when you think that this money is coming out of a budget deficit in this country that is over $1 trillion dollars each year and 23 million Americans are either out of work or working lower paid jobs to stay alive.  How about 45.3 million Americans on Food Stamp assistance?   I think our foreign policy is out of control.

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Donald Wittmer