The United States has a major problem when it comes to foreign aid. We give millions and millions of dollars to countries that hate us and aren’t looking out for our best interests every year. Rand Paul has done a great job highlighting the issue and he even tried to fund Harvey relief by cutting off some foreign aid.
From The Daily Caller:
The Senate voted to table an amendment aimed at paying for Hurricane Harvey relief using cuts to foreign aid in an 87-10 vote Thursday.
The “America First” amendment — introduced by GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky — would have offset the House-passed $7.85 billion aid package while providing an additional $2.5 billion to be used for Harvey recovery efforts or preparation for Hurricane Irma.
Paul’s office noted that the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) latest information shows that roughly $20 billion in unobligated foreign aid is currently available, which the senator believes would be better spent on domestic emergencies.
“There have been people who argued that our $20 trillion debt is the number one threat to our national security. So what I am asking is: Why don’t we pay for this?” Paul said on the floor ahead of the vote. “Why don’t we simply take some money that we were going to spend someone else for something not as valuable in another country and why don’t we spend it here?”
Why should we be sending money to places like Pakistan?
Well, it looks like Trump might be about to stop that.
Growing tired of Pakistan’s handling of terror groups, the Trump administration is mulling whether to withhold $225 million in aid, The New York Times reported Friday.
The Times provided the recent example of Pakistani forces refusing to hand over a member of the Haqqani network who was one of the abductors of the Canadian-American family released this fall. The U.S. thought he’d be a valuable intelligence asset and wanted access to him, but those requests were denied. This, the paper argued, was just one recent example of the strained relations between the two countries, particularly on counterterrorism cooperation.
If they don’t take radical Islam seriously they shouldn’t get a handout.
Tillerson sounds like a guy who is ready to get tough with Pakistan as well.
From Fox News:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that after an effective military effort, a political settlement including some Taliban might be possible, echoing language of the Obama years. He said the U.S. would support peace talks with the Taliban “without preconditions.”
On Pakistan, Tillerson said Tuesday that the U.S. could consider sanctions or cutting off Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally if it doesn’t crack down on the Taliban and other extremist groups.
U.S. lawmakers reflected the division among Americans about whether to press on with the Afghan conflict or pull back.
Hopefully, Trump stands firm here and we can finally start keeping some of those tax dollars here in America where we have plenty of problems.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]