Thursday, February 26, 2009

Obama Seeks to Double Foreign Aid

America will continue tampering on the global stage. President Barack Obama's 2010 budget unveiled a program to double foreign aid. One big winner is Israel. The Jerusalem Post reported:

"It's our understanding that the president's budget request includes $2.775b. in security aid to Israel for FY-2010, in line our commitment under the 10-year plan," AIPAC spokesman Josh Block said. "We applaud the administration for strengthening America's commitment to Israel's security and understanding the unique defense challenges facing our democratic ally Israel."

Aid for Israel is security aid, military support, bombs, planes, munitions, etc. That doesn't jive with the OMB rationale:

The budget, according to the text put out Thursday by the Office of Budget Management, "puts the United States on a path to double foreign assistance. By increasing foreign assistance, the United States will reach out to the global community and renew its role as a leader in global development and diplomacy."

Nearly $3 billion in weapons rings a discordant tone.

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