The Incontiguous Brick

January 27, 2008

Why do we borrow money and give it countries that don’t need it?

Filed under: Israel,Our World,politics,Wordpress Political Blogs — iknowkeith @ 12:00 am

Okay. I have to get something off my chest. This has been bugging me for a few days and I need to write about it.

piggybank.jpgThe U.S. supports Israel and we are all great buddies. I get that. It is good to have allies. They were a bit less of a drag during the Cold War. But still, I can see how these things drag on.

But then Mearsheimer and Walt (two highly respected political scientists)published a book titled The Israel Lobby. All of a sudden these two highly respected scholars are being called conspiracy theorists and fools. What is going on here? I had to get this book immediately. I have to confess, I have not read all of it yet so I will not try to recreate their arguments. A German TV show (posted to YouTube) summed up the controversy around the book very nicely.

Here is the thing about the U.S./Israel relationship that really chaps me. The U.S. gives Israel almost $3 Billion a year. Not loans. Grants. Free money. We don’t give that kind of money to anybody. And this has been going on for decades. This made some sense when Israel was just getting established after WWII. But now they are among the top 25 countries in GDP per capita. That is higher than Greece. Not bad for them.

Here is the break down from the January 2, 2008 CRS Report for Congress titled, U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel.
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Now, last time I checked we Americans have been running a pretty big deficit. That means the government has to borrow money to make up the difference. So we borrow money (and pay interest) so we can give it too Israel (not a loan) when they don’t even need it in the first place. Personally, I don’t like running a deficit for anything. If we happen to run a surplus, I would have no problem helping out a truly poor country. But to borrow money to give it to Israel makes absolutely no sense. We are on the verge of a recession and this is our policy?

So can someone please answer this question for me? Why do we borrow money to give it to countries that don’t need it?

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Correction: the video was Dutch (not German as someone pointed out)

Afterwards: (after reading 60+ comments that is)

  • This author (and web site) is in no way Anti-Semitic.
  • The illustration pictured above is a “piggy-bank” and is in no way a slight to the Jewish Faith. I don’t care what religions are practiced in other countries, I care about where my tax money is going. If it isn’t staying in my country, I want to know why.
  • This article is about economics and foreign policy, not about religion and ethnicity.
  • Some have commented that we pay for the military presence in the region. THERE ARE NO AMERICAN BASES IN ISRAEL. There are bases in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
  • If anything, wouldn’t it make more sense for Israel to pay the U.S. for continued friendship and having their backs?
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    101 Comments »

    1. Did you know that by law the US guarantees israel’s oil supply – no matter what?

      http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/4504

      Comment by cimbria Peterson — January 27, 2008 @ 12:18 am | Reply

      • government in america is creating no new jobs and they giving money to all these countries. They need to make laws requiring them to make new jobs in the private sector instead of worrying about other countries. We need to all march on washington, and run out the government, its not all obamas fault, we need to arrest those bushes and clintons. Clintons murdered lots of cabinet members and stole all americas excess moneys, bushes committed mass murders in iraq, 100000s of children and women pushed in mass graves, we need to put bush in the mass grave with them poor people. I think these big politions trashed america. and we need to arrest them and ceaze all their property and accounts.

        Comment by leon — August 29, 2010 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

    2. Well, not getting all anti Israel here but, yeah, we give money to alot of countries that don’t like us, try to kill us, threaten us at every turn…spit in our face as well…
      I don’t get it…

      At least our circumcised brothers are not threatening us…

      Comment by TRM — January 27, 2008 @ 7:33 am | Reply

      • Muslims are circumsied brothers also and they are not trying to kill us. Yet say anything against Israel and your antisemtic or worse your a terrorist for defending you own land. I have been to Israel/Palestine and its really sickening to see how our U.S. dollars are providing a better living for Israelis than for our people here in the U.S. Also, its sad to see that the Palestinians are nothing more than 2nd class citizens, having to go through 3-4 checkpoints just to get to work or school. And guess what our taxes dollars are paying for the Palestinians to be terrorized everyday!!

        Comment by gina — July 21, 2011 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

    3. because we are run by jews ( im no racist its just how it is)

      Comment by haha — January 27, 2008 @ 11:23 am | Reply

    4. The U.S. borrows money to spend on lots of unnecessary things: bridges to nowhere, farm subsidies, keeping 70,000 troops in Germany 15 years after the end of the Cold War… Read up on the effects of our “humanitarian” food aid to Africa as well; it basically floods their markets with free or cheap food, bankrupting their native farmers and keeping them dependent on us year after year.

      We need to put a stop to all of it.

      Comment by Conrad — January 27, 2008 @ 11:30 am | Reply

    5. some say the high tech Israeli Mossad was behind the high-tech 9/11 attacks. why were four Mossad agents arrested that day and were seen videotaping the towers coming down and were happy about it and high-fiving? this is a fact. this is a cold hard fact. back in Israel, these four Mossad agents are on a TV show and they said, “the only reason we were there was to ducment the event.” ???? that is what they said. so it looks like A) we give them money and B) they murder our citizens and manipulate us, Osama bin Laden etc.

      Comment by stoolie — January 27, 2008 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

      • I was just noticing how you turned an article about how we giving money to israel into a crazy theory that might exist about what happened on 9/11. Now i dont mean to be rude but based to the article you allogations are out of left feild and they kinda sound bias.

        Comment by Ralph — January 19, 2010 @ 10:01 am | Reply

    6. History Channel just said that the political-control anthrax attacks, the anthrax came from the US Dept. of Defense. 9/11 = high tech demolition = CIA + Israeli Mossad. Basically, this is this “New World Order.” Maybe the US economy will crash and we will be done with the “New World Odor.” The Japanese government have already figured out the US government has been lying to them, just like to the American people. Do a google video or youtube video search for “Japanese Parliament 2008.”

      Comment by stoolie — January 27, 2008 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

    7. In my opinion, it makes no sense to give a country money for now apparent reason. They definetly do not need the funding cause they are getting it from all the jewish people of the world. Also, just to clarify its not money that they give but military supplies, airplanes, jets, helicopters, missiles, ammunitions the sort. Why would Israel need 3 billion dollars worth of military equipment every year? To kill more palestinians, to build that ridiculous wall that cuts water electricity and foods from entering the gaza strip and the west bank.

      Comment by Anonymous — January 27, 2008 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

    8. israel gets our money to act as a military outpost for us in the region. pretty simple, really.

      Comment by Peter — January 27, 2008 @ 12:43 pm | Reply

    9. re: “At least our circumcised brothers are not threatening us…”

      Some would disagree with you: http://www.ussliberty.org

      Comment by TRK — January 27, 2008 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

    10. Look at the spending during the election dates, seems like they funnel more money before the election, maybe they’ll get back a piece of the pie?

      Comment by Dave — January 27, 2008 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

    11. i’ll repeat my comment here

      http://reddit.com/info/66mzo/comments/c0301pe

      in short …
      nothing would be better for Israel than to have this “support” stop.
      politically it is about time that Israel became an independent state, and financially, this “grant” actually harms the Israeli economy.
      all of this money is being “kicked back” to the same US businesses that are lobbying for it , every cent given must be spent in the US. This does not help
      Israel in any way, it just makes it dependent

      Comment by vishnoo — January 27, 2008 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

    12. Ahhh yeah, people don’t believe me when I tell them that we give Israel billions of dollars every year. I’m in college and many of my friends can’t afford health care and they stay sick and I tell them that apparently the government can’t afford to give them medical service but they can afford to give Israel money for absolutely no reason.

      Comment by nebbynebneb — January 27, 2008 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

    13. What really pisses me off is that the money the Government is going to give us in the form of tax rebates has to be borrowed also. Then to top it off, they want us to go out and spend it to pump up the economy. Moreover the businesses that you will spend this money on, aren’t even paying their fair share of the tax bill while their CEO’s walk away with millions in bonuses. I can find no logic in this at all. I think everyone that gets a rebate should keep it, don’t spend it. After all, it’s not going to help the economy as much as they would have you believe. Gee George, you only have a year left in office, can’t you find another way to really screw the American people?

      Comment by globus — January 27, 2008 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

    14. Because Israel holds a strategic position in the Middle East…it’s almost American soil. Stupid, eh?

      Comment by pierrecambronne — January 27, 2008 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

    15. A good read that can provide more answers is here:

      http://ophd.wordpress.com/2007/07/29/macro-micro-beyond-tyranny-in-the-modernist-form-of-democratic-governance/

      good post.

      Comment by Islington — January 27, 2008 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

    16. Part of your answer is “Camp David”.

      Most people recognized it as a milestone in a middle-eastern peace process, but less charitable descriptions characterize it as bigtime bribe to be paid forever by the US taxpayer and which makes Jimmy Carter claim credit as some sort of peace hero.

      The exact financial terms of that accord have long ago escaped me, but I believe the gist to be along the lines of us giving grants to both Egypt and Israel of $2-3B/year and for these payments to be legal excluded from any other formula’s the US might use to dole out foreign aid.

      I’d be surprised if this book didn’t have these details in it.

      Comment by Charlie Sierra — January 27, 2008 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

    17. The elite’s government FEARS you!!!!!!

      Their fear is manifested in the laws they pass. Here is a law banning what MANY of the Founders wrote is a RIGHT of citizens when a government no longer represents them:

      Section 2385. Advocating overthrow of Government

      Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or
      teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of
      overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or
      the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession
      thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by
      force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any
      such government; or
      Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any
      such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates,
      sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed
      matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity,
      desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any
      government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts
      to do so; or
      Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society,
      group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the
      overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or
      violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any
      such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes
      thereof –
      Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
      twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by
      the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five
      years next following his conviction.
      If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in
      this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned
      not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for
      employment by the United States or any department or agency
      thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
      As used in this section, the terms ”organizes” and
      ”organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of
      persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new
      units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes,
      and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

      The federal government is allowing MILLIONS of illegals to invade our country who are causing immense economic harm to America’s working poor. Corporate America is becoming increasingly more powerful and influential. Yet, according to the government of for and by the elites YOU, a citizen, have to accept whatever the government does with NO recourse other than voting…… and there is sufficient proof that shows to me voting is worthless since the entrenched power structure ensures that the emplaced elite class can not be removed.

      Several Founders specifically wrote of the people’s right to abolish a government when it no longer represents them.

      We are forced to live under an elite’s TYRANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Comment by Obbop — January 27, 2008 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

    18. WOW! I have not read the book, but a professor of mine who knows them (Walt & Mearsheimer) says that the book was poorly written and didn’t make the case. That is what he says, but I just have not had the time as of yet to buy the book.

      I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mearsheimer – especially because of his article THE FALSE PROMISE OF INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. That article can be found in a book I bought a few months ago, THEORIES OF WAR AND PEACE edited by Michael E. Brown, Owen R. Cote, Sean Lynn-Jones and Steven Miller.

      Great sets of essays in that book.

      Iranian Ajax

      Comment by Iranian Ajax — January 27, 2008 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

    19. My understanding is that Israel repays the billions in aid by buying billions worth of military related goods from US. Now, there is a stimulus package.

      Comment by Daniel Downs — January 27, 2008 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

    20. I just find it fascinating we support this country that HAS universal healthcare and allows gays in the military.

      The irony here is people in Washington will bend over backwards for AIPAC but not our own people. Israel can defend herself now. It’s time to let her fly fly fly.

      Comment by Sarah Tinger — January 27, 2008 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

    21. A lot of those countries that we give money to that “don’t like us, try to kill us, threaten us at every turn…spit in our face as well…” are also enemies of Israel. So we supposedly have this pro-Israel foreign policy, while at the same time telling the EVERY single ting they can and cannot do while also giving 3 times more aid to their (our) enemies as we give to them. All of this while we also have TONS of domestic problems that sure could use those billions…

      Comment by Josh — January 27, 2008 @ 2:44 pm | Reply

    22. “So we supposedly have this pro-Israel foreign policy, while at the same time telling the EVERY single ting they can and cannot do while also giving 3 times more aid to their (our) enemies as we give to them. ”

      We do have a pro-Israel foreign policy. Ask anyone outside of the US, read the Jpost, we are staunch supporters or Israel policy. It’s unconditional. Ask Nancy Pelosi, she tried to remove a provision that would allow Bush to hit Iran but was pressured by AIPAC ($) to drop it.

      This is not some “conspiracy” it’s a reality. As far as supply money to “our” enemies or “their” enemies that is a stretch. A. Most other countries could qualify as enemies of Israel because they question allegations the UN has made concerning human rights violations. B. We do not give more aid to any other nation even per capita. It’s just not true. There are nations bleeding to death in Africa that we ignore and are no threat to us or Israel. Hell Haiti is and it’s miles from the USA, we just don’t care. Obviously Israel is more important.

      Comment by Sarah Tinger — January 27, 2008 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

      • I agree completely with the fact that we are giving billions to Israel and that we shouldnt be. But the one thing I do not agree with is this “there are nations bleeding to death in Africa that we ignore and are no threat to us or Israel.” True Africa is not a threat to us or Israel, but the statement that we are “ignoring” them.. I cannot agree with. I have done many studies on the money the U.S. has spent on aiding Africa with their “bleeding to death”, and I must say we have spent millions+ on their well being… We as a nation help all the other countries with their problems… even though we have our own people “starving to death”, “homeless”, and in need of better healthcare… If “WE” as a nation are ever going to succeed and grow stronger we have to put our own citizens first in the “AIDING” …. Im not saying helping other countries is wrong…. by all means its a fine act… but when “they”, as many other commentors have stated, spit in our face with all that we have done, the many years we have done it… then its time to realize that aiding others is just not worth our being in debt… not when we have our people in need on our own soil…

        Comment by Kelsey Kirkpatrick — May 12, 2009 @ 9:04 am | Reply

      • This really sounds to me like giving money to the schoolyard bully so he won’t beat you up after school–each day!!

        Comment by Eileen Glass — December 3, 2010 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

    23. that documentary is dutch, not german. otherwise, nice article.

      Comment by trueform — January 27, 2008 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

    24. There is an error in your question ; all of the contries need the money. Next? :)

      Comment by Øyvind — January 27, 2008 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

    25. Part of the deal is that the vast majority of that money (maybe 90%) must be spent buying military hardware from US companies. So, in a way it’s a grant to the US military industrial complex (at the same time we are getting arms to Israel) and funneling the money back through the US economy. That’s a lot of business and income to US businesses and all their employees who have a vested interest in this relationship continuing.

      Comment by spr — January 27, 2008 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

    26. “That’s a lot of business and income to US businesses and all their employees who have a vested interest in this relationship continuing.”

      Like that doesn’t make it even MORE disturbing. The money flows the same way for politicians. They get campaign finances from AIPAC (and the like), and in turn approve the funds for the very money that got them elected.

      It seems to me omitting Israel from this cash flow would streamline the process and probably save us some money and bloodshed. I think if the general public knew about this it would drive people crazy. Look at the way they bastardize welfare recipients who “abuse” their benefits, or how great our prisoners have it, or immigrants “stealing” things from us.

      The fact that we lose American lives for Israel is something most would not approve. Israel can defend herself. She has nukes.

      Why isn’t Lou Dobbs all over this. It seems to me a bigger problem than immigration, especially when it comes to national security and our place in the world.

      Comment by Sarah Tinger — January 27, 2008 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

    27. Ron Paul would put a stop to this nonsense. Why should we be sending money all around the world when we don’t even have enough to pay our own bills?

      Comment by Banjo — January 27, 2008 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

    28. Because the the country who receives the money will “have to” use it to pay some US contractors…
      So, in the end, the US governement borrows money and then give it to big corporations (Haliburton, etc…).

      Comment by JD — January 27, 2008 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

    29. Great post.

      BTW- Did you ‘shop that piggy bank?

      (The pig is my own creation, thanks for asking. I used IPhoto and Powerpoint. ~Brick)

      Comment by ChenZhen — January 27, 2008 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

    30. So would Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel

      Comment by Sarah Tinger — January 27, 2008 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

    31. Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt and people of Europe and North America reflect:
      the modern state of Israel has not been a success,
      Imperial Colony in Arabia,
      but then
      the “anti-apartied”/Liberal , sixties, idealistic pull out of Africa,
      has been a disaster,
      A Jewish exit from Palestine? Who knows?

      Comment by Mike Brown — January 27, 2008 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

    32. We feel our God has given the land to Isreal. The Jewish influence in the democratic party is very strong and the Christian right wing of the republican party believes in order for the Apocalypse to come Isreal needs to exist.

      Comment by John — January 27, 2008 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

    33. Usually people who look at the situation from the outside do agree that jews do run most of the things here (im no racist or anything im just writing what i see). The conflict between isreal and lebanon is a great example of this scary situation. Why would the states do that and how can they stand themselves doing that is an idea that is certified- a free country – i think not!

      Comment by metre — January 27, 2008 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

    34. Your chart shows a very nice downward trend in our aid to Israel. So, isn’t it moving in the direction you want? What’s the issue?

      You indicate that we are on the brink of recession as if that was pertinent, but you are talking about something that has been going on since 1949, so the economy at any given moment is clearly not the deciding factor. It would be very disruptive to tell allies, “Oh! Sorry. The aid we promised to give you each year won’t be coming this year because we’re a little short.” These decisions should be made and then phased in over time.

      Comment by びっくり — January 27, 2008 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

    35. More serious problem than giving few “billion” aid to Israel is…….. they form about 2-3% of population in USA but they control…….

      1. US Administration is controlled by them. Disproportionate number of people in key positions.

      2. US News Media is controlled by them. Disproportionate amount of media is owned by them

      3. US Banking is controlled by them. All of Fed Bank directors are from this specific ethnic group.

      4. INTERNET is controlled by them. All large “Data Centers” are owned by them, they have “root” access to nearly 90% of hosting servers in US data centers, this is something that lot of people don’t know yet.

      Wake up Sheepeople, Zionists are sinning against the humanity, time for GOD to punish them like it is happening at regular intervals for past 4000 years………

      Comment by Tinfoil — January 27, 2008 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

    36. Our missiles have such range these days that we don’t even need Israel. It’s time to pull the baby off the teat.

      However, here’s my understanding: One of the NWO “hubs” is to be located in Israel. You should SEE the masonic and occult imagery in their Supreme Court:

      Our leaders are in cahoots with each other in bringing about the NWO, so I suppose by helping Israel our corporate overlords are helping themselves.

      Comment by The Hedonistic Pleasureseeker — January 27, 2008 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

    37. hey, YOU answer the question… you see the situation, now explain it

      hard to do without finding some uncomfortable truths

      the land of the surveilled and the home of the fearful is a paper tiger. get over it, move on

      Comment by gregory — January 27, 2008 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

    38. My question is why the US should give money to ANYBODY. All we do is create our own enemies in the process.

      And for those of you deep within the conspiracy well, I understand this anti-Israeli lobbyist stuff, but simply calling us “sheepeople” and then listing a bunch of inane facts which have no actual correlation to anything doesn’t make for a convincing argument ever.

      Comment by LP — January 27, 2008 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

    39. “We feel our God has given the land to Isreal. The Jewish influence in the democratic party is very strong and the Christian right wing of the republican party believes in order for the Apocalypse to come Isreal needs to exist.” – Comment by John — January 27, 2008 @ 7:18 pm –

      For you end timers, please stop believing that the end of the world is near. Because to tell you the truth, the Book of revelations is not recognized but by the Americans and some Africans. Also, the existence of Israel is alright but the fact that the palestinians dont even have the bare necessities to live i.e. water, food and electricity is a sin towards humanity that the Israeli government has caused on these poor people. Do you believe that supporting a government that makes humans suffer in such a inhumane way will go unnoticed by God. Think again…

      Comment by Anonymous — January 27, 2008 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

    40. “our circumcised brothers are not threatening us”…

      What??? you mean 1.2 Billion Muslims or 12 Million Jews?

      Comment by uncircumcised brother — January 27, 2008 @ 10:47 pm | Reply

    41. Because we’ve become socialistic and we’re trying to export “democracy” (in reality — socialism) to the world. By subsidizing them we’re controlling them at the same time. We’re paying a huge price for it though and our economy won’t last much longer with this system.

      Comment by Chris Anderson — January 27, 2008 @ 11:01 pm | Reply

    42. sounds fishy.

      Comment by mahdizain — January 28, 2008 @ 12:10 am | Reply

    43. It’s not about politic. It’s about:” No Money No Honey “.
      It’s mean: just a sense.

      Comment by yaayonline — January 28, 2008 @ 2:03 am | Reply

    44. @ haha Right, you’re not a racist, you’re a i anti-Semite!

      And why this anti-Semite pig picture on your site, when you just want to criticize the US politics?
      If you wonder why this picture is anti-Semite try to find some info about anti-Semitism in Germany and the image about the greedy Jewish pig!

      Comment by flingumine — January 28, 2008 @ 3:13 am | Reply

    45. Well, if you did you homework you’d realise that per head US citizens give less in aid than many other countries.

      And why the hell do you see supporting Israel as such a great thing. They are a terrorist state that is currently trying to starve to death mean, women in children in a prison camp known as Gaza.

      At least do some reading

      Comment by Not so tupid — January 28, 2008 @ 4:16 am | Reply

    46. I think the American people as a whole need to look hard at what their politicians are doing. I don’t believe in the violence directed from the Palestinians to the Israelis but I do understand why it is happening. The Israelis have walled them in to try and break them.

      If you look at history America has a reputation for pumping money into a country to keep the regime they insist is correct and then pull out when it suits them, usually after the country is on the edge of ruin after their political hegemonies are in shreds. The US then goes to war and kicks the shit out of ordinary farmers forced into defending their country and themselves. I could go on, it’s all too complicated to go into here.

      Basically, Americans should start voting for people to run the country in friendship with other countries, not vote for those who have the whitest teeth. This is a major issue and people are dying the world over.

      I hope I don’t come across as anti-American. America is a great nation and Americans are generally good people. Unfortunately American politicians are the pits. They are here too (England) but here they don’t have so much money and so their damage is limited – though there are many nations around the globe who would argue that point!

      We all need to start making friends and stop bullying nations asap or the shit really is going to get pumped into the air-conditioning.

      Matt

      Comment by Matt — January 28, 2008 @ 4:32 am | Reply

    47. Why don’t you compare U.S. aid to other nations as a percentage of GDP?

      The question then becomes, why is the U.S. so stingy? Why don’t we give more money, especially where it would help?

      Comment by Ed Darrell — January 28, 2008 @ 5:01 am | Reply

    48. Foreign aid is a vanishingly small part of the U.S. federal budget, by the way.

      Comment by Ed Darrell — January 28, 2008 @ 5:01 am | Reply

    49. holy jeez, I’ve read it all now.
      It’s called foreign investment, folks. They ‘payouts’ to other countries are by and large reinvested straight back to us.
      The billions that we are ‘borrowing’ from China; yeah, that all goes straight back to China in the form of purchase of goods. It’s a dirty little business China is running. They get to control their economy by subsidizing our goods purchases. If they ever stopped ‘lending’ money to us, we’d just create another partnership with another country and do the same exact thing.
      Oh and surpluses are great for individuals, for Governments & corporations, not generally a good thing. If we run a massive surplus you can expect inflation to go flying up and the consumer will die which is a bad thing for a consumer based economy. That is never going to change folks short of disaster.
      Oh and the military bases, we are there so the fight never comes to our ‘yard’ folks. Germany happens to be easy striking distance to Russia and Japan is easy striking distance to China should we ever need it. If you’d like to allow enemies of the US to come closer to us. (like China is in Panama after Clinton allowed them to buy the rights to the Panama canal) that’s is your prerogative.
      Me, I’d rather they stay as far away as possible.

      Comment by footballerslives — January 28, 2008 @ 5:24 am | Reply

    50. america should stop its policy to support aggressor country like the jews’ state. the jews’ state is going down and it would be a pity if america sink down along with it.

      israel will rise and remain erect, until islam elimintaes it

      Comment by Hafez — January 28, 2008 @ 5:49 am | Reply

    51. What do we piss away to those in this country? Please, the military industrial complex that will leave the billons of dollars of machinery in Iraq and then ask for $’s to equip themselves again for a non winning war. If you don’t give it to Israel, how bout, Pakistan and what have they done for the $’s. The Israelis are there, know the territory and the people, if the U.S. would not have undermined Israel it could have taken out any of those assholes over there, but no we had to play big and bad and look where we are now, stuck for 100 years. Get real and hate yourself not the Israelis.

      Comment by nearlynormalized — January 28, 2008 @ 6:02 am | Reply

    52. Israel is essentially a US territory. Each year we give more money to them than we do all of Africa and Latin America combined. The reason for this is we have a tremendous amount at stake in that region. OIL. And the fact that Israel’s neighbors are hostile and stockpile weapons is why most of the money given to them is used for military procurement. They are essentially our only true ally in the region.

      3 Billion is too much. When 1/3 of that could be used to rebuild New Orleans and aid Katrina victims.

      Comment by Son of Bill Brasky — January 28, 2008 @ 6:44 am | Reply

    53. I agree with the concern that we give billions away to other countries with no strings attached. If we’re helping a country there better be a “nation interest” for us or some kind of conditions for the use of that money that help us (the U.S.) in the end. There also needs to be a form of accountability to make sure the funds are used as designated.

      You used Israel as your example…which must mean you have a problem with them specifically. I would not just include Israel in my concerns…but all nations we are giving aid to.

      Comment by shawnbarr — January 28, 2008 @ 7:35 am | Reply

    54. how i wish people lived in lebanon during the war and then mumble jumble about what they barely know!

      Comment by metre — January 28, 2008 @ 8:07 am | Reply

    55. Comment by metre — January 28, 2008 @ 8:10 am | Reply

    56. We are in a democratic country, why don’t we change the laws that allow our money to given away to countries that don’t need them and use it here to repair leaking school roofs amd maybe educate our own children for a change.
      Why don’t we do it this in November?

      Comment by asqfish — January 28, 2008 @ 8:24 am | Reply

    57. Israel has been consistent US ally and there is so much discussion on aid given to Israel.
      But there are returns in terms of military equipment purchase, intelligence co-operation etc.

      Pakistan has been tremendously wishy-washy in pretty much every respect, and openly hostile to Western interests in several cases, and no discussion about billions given to Pakistan.
      And the returns so far are
      a. No whereabouts of Osama
      b. Terrorists on roll using Pakistan as the base (daily raids on NATO in Afghanistan)
      c. Poppy trade thriving.
      d. Strong anti-Americanism in Pakistani people in spite of so much aid

      Comment by Kedar — January 28, 2008 @ 9:02 am | Reply

    58. It’s never because we really just like them, and want to give them money is it?

      Comment by jeremy — January 28, 2008 @ 9:03 am | Reply

    59. Wait a minute….you mean the right wing wants the Apocalypse to come?? (!)

      Well, in that case, they’re doing everything just right, so they’re not as stupid as they appear.

      Just stark raving mad.

      Comment by outsider222 — January 28, 2008 @ 9:06 am | Reply

    60. with a population of 7 million, 3 billion dollars would be like the United states (pop. 300million) receiving 120 billion dollars in aide. I believe our support of israel is bennificial as both our nations face the challenges of islamic extremism.

      Comment by joelounsbury2004 — January 28, 2008 @ 9:23 am | Reply

    61. I’m hoping you’re voting for Ron Paul, with views like this.

      (My smartass answer: to get in more debt and destroy our nations credit and credibility?)

      Comment by Shauna — January 28, 2008 @ 9:43 am | Reply

    62. Let me see… The US is a great ally with Isreal, which is one of the only few countries where we have such close relationship with, and considering that most of the world hates us, we will help Isreal. Now while we do have unnecessary programs that are completely ridiculous, such as the bridge to nowhere, etc as mentioned before, why can’t we give money to only our allies? Why does everyone expect the US to come to the rescue of the world? Don’t you know we have our own problems right now? Why isn’t Russia or China asked for world aid? Why do we have to do everything?

      Comment by M Paliath — January 28, 2008 @ 9:55 am | Reply

    63. It’s really a slap in the face with reality just what this country gives to the Zionist, Apartheid state of Israel. If one looks at the real figures, one will naturally come to the conclusion that this country, along with American Jews, has a headlock on us all.

      I’ve accumulated a lot of links to the real public numbers involved and invite you readers to look at it. My blog has been censored by big-mouthed Jews as “Mature” since I speak truths that they do not want Americans to know!

      Read here on the real Zionist bloodsucking going on: http://incogman.wordpress.com/2008/01/14/america-enslaved-to-zionist-bloodsuckers/#more-372

      Comment by incogman — January 28, 2008 @ 9:55 am | Reply

    64. My understanding is that Israel repays the billions in aid by buying billions worth of military related goods from US. Now, there is a stimulus package.

      Not true. The agreements in the past have stipulated Israel spend 74% of the military expenditures in America. However, they often make the US Military/Industrial complex use Israeli made sub-systems and parts which brings this down to around 60%.

      Plus, loans most often are out and out grants since the US traitors in DC forgive the loans. Look up the Cranston Amendment and newer circuitous agreements.

      Look up Dov Zaikheim and his totally illegal transfers of US Military equipment to Israel. We are being ripped off!

      Go to my link above for a real look at the BS!

      Comment by incogman — January 28, 2008 @ 10:02 am | Reply

    65. Here is the thing about the U.S./Israel relationship that really chaps me. The U.S. gives Israel almost $3 Billion a year.

      Not true. It’s been 5.5 billion a year. Plus, it’s going up another 3 billion! Everyone one of us has been paying thru the nose to the state of Israel. For every $1 we give in AID to a starving African, we give $250 to an Israeli!

      http://incogman.wordpress.com/2008/01/14/america-enslaved-to-zionist-bloodsuckers/#more-372

      Comment by incogman — January 28, 2008 @ 10:07 am | Reply

    66. We get to tell them what to do (they have to listen to us or presumably lose our billions). They have one of the most effective militaries on the planet and are capable of dealing with terrorists without us: we can’t allow that much power not to be under our thumb. As Ron Paul says we either bribe or threaten other countries to make them do what we want –if their governments cross us, as happened in Panama with the democratically elected President before the Noriega takeover, we support someone to take them out –as we suppported Noriega. We then paid Noriega and kept him and his soldiers in business (all our aid dollars went to pay his military, which were beating up on the civilians) even while we were supposedly at variance with the way he ran the country. When he got too problematic for us, we took him out. This is called foreign policy. It will make you physically ill if you have a conscience, and it’s a major reason why I’m voting for Ron Paul.

      Another major influencing factor is domestic power politics. Noriega was supposed to be helping us (ha!) in the ‘war on drugs’ — this was one of the most significant issues to voters at the time. Meanwhile Noriega was largely responsible for most of the drugs being run into the states. Dispensationalist Christians, a very significant factor in the evangelical movement which is the backbone of the republican party, believe it a moral obligation to support Israel, no matter how well off they already are. (I’m a Christian also but not a dispensationalist: I believe in the new humanity in Christ which is neither Jew nor Greek, etc. And I believe the country should be run by the constitution.) Meanwhile we’re probably hampering rather than helping Israel.

      Comment by kamelda — January 28, 2008 @ 11:16 am | Reply

    67. I am disappointed in the anti-Semitic ramblings. Try to get some of the facts straight. We have been down a dark road where people come up with ideas about Jews controlling governments and countries. Let us not go down that road again.

      Comment by ericblu — January 28, 2008 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

    68. TO answer the Question: OIL and other goodies we want to keep and eye on.

      Comment by Justin V — January 28, 2008 @ 2:44 pm | Reply

    69. Genesis 12
      The Call of Abram
      1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.

      2 “I will make you into a great nation
      and I will bless you;
      I will make your name great,
      and you will be a blessing.

      3 I will bless those who bless you,
      and whoever curses you I will curse;
      and all peoples on earth
      will be blessed through you.”
      —–
      Reasons have changed I’m sure yet historically we support Israel because of this promise and declaration.
      Yet I am of the opinion that America is mishandling it’s money (our money) and this effects other people perception on our effort to helping others. We can’t and shouldn’t chose the ones we love.

      Perhaps one of the greatest challenges of people is loving their enemy and the doing unto others thing…if we don’t march for that then there is no hope for shalom.

      My comment is not nearly as good as the ones posted but just thought I’d should throw something out there.

      Comment by artserveint — January 28, 2008 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

    70. I believe our support of israel is bennificial as both our nations face the challenges of islamic extremism.

      Oh BS. They’ve been using that “Islamofacism” bit just like the “Holocaust” for their benefit: To fool the Goyim nations, nothing else. Wake up to it. After Johnson got in office we’ve been giving Israel everything. Along with that, our country is being brainwashed by Tikkun Olam Race politics and Zionist manipulations.

      I am disappointed in the anti-Semitic ramblings. Try to get some of the facts straight. We have been down a dark road where people come up with ideas about Jews controlling governments and countries. Let us not go down that road again.

      Back to the Anti-Semite thing! You Jews play that card at the drop of the hat. We can’t say squat before you pull out that Nazi card. Ramblings my white Gentile rear, we state facts and you call it “ramblings.” We see the games of AIPAC. We see the games of the Fed. We see the lies of 9/11 and how the Zionist media is trying to ridicule the truth movement. Lies, All lies. Big fat lies on the rest of America!

      America is waking up to the ZioNAZI!

      http://incogman.wordpress.com/

      Comment by incogman — January 28, 2008 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

    71. Good points Conrad…

      Comment by TRM — January 28, 2008 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

    72. I have to agree with incogman on this topic, it is ridiculous to what point the American government has become the puppet of Zionism. On the other hand, it is simple math if our country is in huge deficit, then why don’t we use the tax-payers money to pay off our ties with other countries instead of giving to another country. The 3 or more billion dollars a year is way way too much money or guarantees.

      Comment by Anonymous — January 28, 2008 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

    73. These Zionists, American Jew collaborators and Neocon Israeli-Firsters are going to drive this country straight into the ground. We’ve got a serious problem going on with our overseas committments and Israel is THE biggest one. It’s literally insane what we’ve done and are doing for them. Plus, if you say one dam thing about it, the Jews over here start yelping “NAZI” all over the place. They’ve got us by the dam short hairs and I’m sick of it.

      http://incogman.wordpress.com/2008/01/14/america-enslaved-to-zionist-bloodsuckers/#more-372

      Comment by incogman — January 29, 2008 @ 12:06 am | Reply

    74. I agree with everything that has been said here and I believe most true americans would also agree but the problem is what to do about it. Jews own us but we and our ancestors have been letting this go on for so long, can there really be a cure? Ron Paul is the only candidate I have heard speak about fixing foreign policy and he is pretty much out of the race now. Maybe if everyone spent some time and a few bucks and write several congressmen that could get some attention. Several thousand of letters might draw some attention.
      It makes me sick that Bush gives us $300 each or $^00 each and acts like that is great, yeah, throw us poor dogs a bone, we should be so greatful. He gives Isreal over 3 billion, he loans us 1.5 billion.
      Frankly I dont see how our government can justify having so many poor folks who can’t afford medical care and our seniors who barely live on social security, some drawing from $500 to $700 a month then have to pay $300 a month for medicare coverage out of that. All I can figure is the jews own us now, like it or not. Some say they are Gods chosen people, that the bible says so, WHO WROTE THE BIBLE? DO THE JEWS BELIEVE THE BIBLE?

      Comment by razza — February 13, 2008 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

    75. Some say they are Gods chosen people, that the bible says so, WHO WROTE THE BIBLE? DO THE JEWS BELIEVE THE BIBLE?

      No, the Jews in question believe in the Talmud, a hate-filled, anti-white Goyim racist and anti-christian set of books that says Jesus (Baleem) was a sorceror from Egypt and is now boiling in a vat of excrement in hell. And these particular Jews are not really Jews, at all, but are the Khazari people from Southern Russia who did not convert until the mid-8th century AD and far from the Holy Land. These people have made a career of fooling the Goyim to this day. The true Israelites believe in the Torah and are generally non or anti-Zionist and get hell from the Khazari Jews about it. My blog has some comments from a woman named Clara who belongs to these people and she generally agrees with what I say and her experiences are searing. See my blog comments in “About Me.”

      Comment by incogman — February 13, 2008 @ 9:51 pm | Reply

    76. I know this is a bit OT but in response to some comments about Isreal handing the land over to the Palestinians: The Arch of Titus, which predates many sources Palestinians use to claim the land was originally theirs, clearly shows THAT land being robbed of items unique to Jewish culture: menorahs, etc. Kirk Cameron hosted a history/religious show about it. Another point: If Palestine needs land, why is everyone demanding Israel, and only Israel, part w/ theirs? Why aren’t Palestine’s more sympathetic neighbors pitching in? HMMMmmmm…

      Comment by liveorganically — February 19, 2008 @ 3:25 am | Reply

    77. I LOVE this country but its going to shit faster and faster.if this country would stop giving to all other countries and get out of other countries we would use the money for our own country to become the country we were.i think the last time the deficiet was paid of thomas jefferson was in office.nethrland stays out of everyones buisness and they really now how to treat there people,long maternaty leave,long vacations for every worker red light districts,marijane stores.i might move there when i retire.

      Comment by L.BUNDY — February 26, 2008 @ 7:37 pm | Reply

    78. I know this is a bit OT but in response to some comments about Isreal handing the land over to the Palestinians: The Arch of Titus, which predates many sources Palestinians use to claim the land was originally theirs, clearly shows THAT land being robbed of items unique to Jewish culture: menorahs, etc.

      What about all the peoples that lived there before the Israelites? Besides, 80% of modern Jewry are Ashkhanazim Jews from Southern Russia and are NOT the same jews! They converted in 740ad and pretty much spit on the Sephardic Jews who are the true jews. Askhanazim or Khazari Jews are the Zionists, too.

      Comment by incogman — March 10, 2008 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

    79. Ron Paul PLEASE WIN….. PLEASE VOTE RON PAUL !

      Comment by Dr. Toby Watson — April 3, 2008 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

    80. Try losing 6 million brothers and sisters 60 years ago, and try losing millions more, over the past 2,000 years! Try being persecuted by y’all Christians and Muslims and Romans and Greeks, killing myriads of us (which would be the equivalent of millions in nowadays terms, just like the millions in the Holocaust). Try being tortured, like really really tortured and eventually killed by all y’all, anti-Semites, try that, and then see why we in Israel deserve(!) all that from our biggest and most merciful country in the whole wide world. And, I’m glad it’s only a handful of y’all thinking that way. that horrible and evil way about Israel and the Jews, those poor Jews, over there and over the whole world, I’m glad it’s only a handful of yours. You are no representative of this whole U.S.. And by the way, if 4 stupid Israelites were there in ‘standing ovation’ stupidly taking pics and whatnot and supposedly gay about the collapse of the Twins, so, do you think those 4 morons are representative of 5 or 6 MILLION Jews in Israel??? You know how morbid it was for us to see that destruction? DO YOU HAVE ANY FUCKING IDEAR HOW CATASTROPHIC IT WAS FOR US THERE TO WATCH THAT HAPPEN? You idiot! You think we went to the streets to celebrate Purim in sight of the fall of the towers? You are out of your frigin mind, bro’!
      Try being threatened constantly, CONSTANTLY, by gazillion Arabs around you, who threaten to throw us to the Mediterranean sea till death will do us, try that, you living spoiled brats! You live here in this beautiful country freely, lavishly, not devoid of food, delectables and other pleasures, entertained constantly, while Israel is under a cloud, a thick dark cloud of atomic threat and extirpation.
      And I can keep going on and on and on. Read about our sufferings over the decades, over the centuries, over the millennia, bro’! And read a non-biased literature about that! See how weak and meek we were and how vulnerable we were over the course of the so-many years. Who are y’all? I’d like to see your faces and your figures, so I can form a better judgment and opinion about yous. Are you young? You must be, kuz otherwise you wouldn’t be talking this foolishness and all this load of crap herein, you wouldn’t, I guarantee you! Y’all just graduated or are about to get into college or whatever, and you heard some things, just heard, not even read thoroughly. And like I said, you really have to read a non-biased history of us to learn about us, how we suffered, never had the upper hand in any of the battles we fought. Now because of a strong powerful military over there, there aint gonna be any war against us ever, or, at least, a war that we cannot fight. Unlike in the holocaust – the last lost war, the last war that we have lost – where we lost big time! (The world won against those Nazi bastards, but we as the Jews we lost, we lost more than 6 million lives). Kuz if you were old enough and not anti-Semitic enough and not Neo-Nazi enough and more knowledgeable and understanding toward “us”, you would have known better than all this nonsense that I hear herein from all y’all!!!
      And by the bye, did y’all know? Jesus was Jewish, not just a Jew, He was Jewish, a “full-blown” Jewish brother, bro’!
      Y’all should be ashamed of yourselves, not having a bit of understanding and mercy toward the Jews. Shame on you, stupid ppl! I’m glad non of yous is the president of the United States! :(

      Comment by Tameer — May 25, 2008 @ 9:52 am | Reply

    81. Oops, my bad. It was not Kirk Cameron hosting that show, it was another guy – I saw a rerun of it on a Christian broadcasting network since my last comment here, but it still made that point. The land did not belong to the Palestinians fist. But that’s beside the point. Back to the original question: Even those that sympathize with God’s Biblical blessing and curse to those that help or hate Israel, why do we uphold these particular policies that give these huge amounts of $? We can support them without giving that much, if we must support them. Also, what’s with all the strings attached? How is that really helping them? “Here, you take this financial aid – BUT – you must buy our weapons.” Someone I know said it is because the nations around Israel would crush it if they couldn’t defend themselves.
      Still wondering about my previous question: If the Palestinians only want more land, why don’t the other neighboring countries, who are also more friendly to Palistine, give a little corner of their lands? Oh! Because they don’t just want land, they want Israel in particular off the map! How would you explain this?

      Comment by liveorganically — June 2, 2008 @ 4:21 am | Reply

    82. NOTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Comment by brenda — July 31, 2008 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

    83. this is really sad for American people, I’m from Thailand originally but, OK I’m living in UK at the moment. I’m feeling really sad for poor American people or normal people who can not afford for their health care, many living on the street and even died from no help coming at all,really sad i really mean it. when tsunami was struck Asia included Thailand, first people who came and help us first was American, we appreciated but than not long after that hurricane Catrina hit New Orleans, i saw it on the news, one old man literally died while he was sitting for help witch never arrived, and many home from so many years already still never been fixed. I don’t know if I should say that, Thailand,you can called us third world country i don’t mind but we have free medical treatment,we only need to pay 30 bath( $1)for prescription that’s all. ( excepted if you have accident form your own fault from driving any vehicle, you need insurance, it’s free if you are the victim,is the government rule try to make people have more sense while driving), I’ve never seen homeless anywhere as much as America, I’m go back home to Thailand every year but i never see homeless on the street anywhere in the city, if you go there if you find one 99% that will illegal immigrant either Cambodian or Burmese, soon some one will report and take them back to their or find them home. our poor Thai people mainly own land living on the wooding house no fancy cloths no car to drive, maybe a scooter. yes i think America should stop feed someone else now and taking care of their own a bit more. They should stop being big daddy, if you don’t feed your own than whose will?

      Comment by rabie — October 4, 2008 @ 8:19 am | Reply

    84. The “friendship” that we have with this affluent, armed-to-the-teeth country, is entirely one-sided. Are there massive troops of Israeli’s fighting side by side with our boys in Iraq or Afghanistan? PLEASE! Here’s a TRUTH, for anyone who remembers a televised speech given by Osama Bin Laden from one of his hiding places – when Israel has crossed lines into Palestinian land, killed people, taken prisoners, etc., all in the name of simply GETTING MORE, they are doing so in AMERICAN planes, tanks, and weaponry. To these people, their oppessors ARE the Americans! So all these expensive “friends” of ours have really done, is made us the most hated country in their region while they sit back and watch. They don’t need help – they help themselves! They need to be independent, and we need to redefine the term “friends.”

      Comment by Kat — November 6, 2008 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

    85. I have a little financial calculator. If I am using it correctly, $3,000,000,000 for 60 years (since 1948? at 6%(stocks?) compounded annually is $1,599,384,543,000. That would be 1.6 Trillion. Please check my math, a finacial wizard, I am not.

      Many years ago-30, I don’t remember-I wrote my Senator that I waS wondering why we were giving 3 billion to Israel each year. He said he was wondering too.

      Comment by Lloyd Lee — December 20, 2008 @ 8:25 am | Reply

    86. I cant belive how much money that we have given to Israel. I mean yeah I can see how they may have needed the aid after WWII. But come on 1.6 TRILLION? There’s no way. We as a country could have really used that money. Seeing how we’re in about 9 TRILLION dollars worth of debt as it is.

      Comment by Billy — May 8, 2009 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

    87. “THERE ARE NO AMERICAN BASES IN ISRAEL” lol…
      The whole Israeli military is one big American base, and that’s the point you dont seem to get.

      Comment by Someisraeli — May 20, 2009 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

    88. this is some shit

      Comment by thomas — January 21, 2010 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

    89. fuck this dukass fuck bitch

      Comment by thom — January 21, 2010 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

    90. dam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!wow

      Comment by thom — January 21, 2010 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

    91. Australia seems to have the same problem! We give millions of dollars to countries that are supposedly a “loan”, but we know they will never be able to pay it back, all the while people in our OWN country can’t get a job, or are forced to pay a new tax to generate more money because the coffers are emptied due to overseas spending.

      why not spend money on the people who are keeping you in power in the first place instead of playing up to “white guilt” that you have to give money to every backward third-world country? Besides, pretty much all of the money goes to the ruler of the country so he can afford a few more Rolls-Royces!

      just my opinion anyway!

      Doug Arn
      Scooter Insurance Zone

      Comment by Doug Arn — January 28, 2011 @ 10:59 pm | Reply

    92. Israel is the only democratic country in the area of countries who have as their first priority, the annihilation of Israel. These surrounding countries are constantly harassing Israel with rocket attacks , armed incursions to murder families, make unreasonable demands which would render key areas to be vulnerable , as to be militarily indefensible.
      Israel has the right to be there. This land was given to them by God, but it did not come to them free, they had to fight for it. after being disobedient to God over and over God punished them by allowing their enemies , be used by God to have them bee defeated and carried off in captivity. God promised that in the future He would restore them back in their “Promised Land” and it came to pass.
      This is one country worthy of our support and they appreciate it and don”t use it for personal gain.as do some other countries do.

      Comment by Alan Brown — July 16, 2011 @ 6:49 am | Reply

    93. WHO borrows money to GIVE $ AWAY to anyone? If I don’t have it to give, I am certainly not going to borrow it just to give away! Someone would have to be insane to do that, wouldn’t they? Is that what we’ve come to? Yes, total insanity! Where is COMMON SENSE?

      Comment by Lisa Ramon Wilkes — August 2, 2011 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

    94. Israel effectively secures NATO’s southeastern flank, without having a single American soldier stationed in its territory. Still, the superb military installations, the air and sea lift capabilities, the equipment and food storage capacity, and the trained manpower to maintain and repair sophisticated U.S. equipment are instantly at hand in Israel. It is the only country in the area that makes itself available to the United States, in any contingency.

      Only a fraction of the aid given stays in Israel. By far the largest share remains with American defense contractors. Peter McPherson, former administrator of the Agency for International Development, estimated that every billion dollars of aid to Israel creates 60,000 to 70,000 jobs in the United States.

      Compared to the $2.0 billion yearly military aid to Israel, the U.S. contributes more than $130 billion(!) every year to the defense of Europe and more than $30 billion to the defense of Japan, Korea, and the Far East. Over 300,000 U.S. troops are stationed with NATO and over 30,000 U.S. troops in the Far East. In contrast, not one single U.S. soldier needs to be stationed and put at risk in Israel. U.S. military analysts estimate that the U.S. would have to spend the equivalent of $150 billion a year in the Middle East to maintain a force equivalent to Israel’s.

      There are many other benefits that the U.S. military derives from Israel. Israel is the only country that has gained battlefield experience with U.S. weapons. This experience is immediately conveyed to the U.S. Enormous quantities of captured Soviet weapons and defense systems were turned over to the U.S. military for analysis. Israel, in the light of its experience, continually modifies U.S. weapons systems. For instance, Israeli scientists have made over 200 improvements in the F-15 alone and similar improvements, mostly in avionics, in later-generation planes. It would be more in line with reality if military aid to Israel were classified as part of the defense budget, rather than as “aid”. Israel is truly America’s unsinkable aircraft carrier in the Middle East. American aid to Israel is a two-way street. Aid to Israel is America’s greatest defense bargain.

      Comment by Clair — November 7, 2011 @ 10:58 pm | Reply


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