Friday, May 27, 2011
G8 promises billions for Arab Spring
At the G8 summit, leaders approved as much as $20billion in aid to Arab nations trying to build democracies, but is that money well spent?
FoxNews -- While America's standing in the Middle East couldn't get much lower, you wouldn't know it looking at the U.S. foreign aid budget. Of proposed U.S. assistance for 2012, almost two-thirds is earmarked for Muslim nations and one-third goes to Arab countries.
Yet, despite those billions in aid, opinion polls show most Arab citizens still have an unfavorable view of America and most Muslim nations routinely vote against U.S. interests in the United Nations.
Why do we assume that these Arab nations want to be liberated by the US? The "Arab Spring", as freedom-minded Arab youths are collectively called, detests the US for the most part. They'll be happy to laugh at our gullibility while they take our money, but it clearly isn't translating into any good will among Arab states. The US is broke. We cannot afford to be forking hundreds of millions over to hostile Arab nations.