Monday, December 09, 2013
US foreign bribery, a colossal waste of money we cannot afford
It is appalling to me how little return we get for our foreign bribery(aid). Many of the nations on which we shower taxpayer money secretly despise us or, as in the cases of Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Palestine, and others, are openly hostile toward us. I realize the budget for bribing countries to pretend to like us is a drop in the overall budget bucket, but the symbolism of wasting money like that seriously grates on me.
We aren't helping to feed the starving, house the poor. medicate the sick, or educate the stupid. We are bribing the rich officials who run these despotic countries to 1: let us put military bases there, 2:not publicly criticize US policies, regardless of how idiotic and self serving they may be, and 3:pretend to support our "coalition" when we invade the next third-world shithole to conduct regime change and impose our particular brand of democracy on them whether they want it or not.
I agree with Rick Perry's idea that all, ALL foreign bribery be re-evaluated each and every year. We ask, "What have you done for America lately"? If the answer is "not much", then the bribery money stops and you can starve to death for all we care. We'll ask again in a year.