I think this (see below) is ominous. Of course I don’t like spending tax payer money to buy friends — especially when it is not working. But why isn’t it working? It sure is working for terrorists groups who go into refugee camps and supply food, clothing, shelter, medical care and education. Terrorists seem to spend money and get something for it – loyalty and increased danger for Americans.
Maybe the problem is not the amount of money we spend but rather HOW we spend it.
And now what? If we pull back, are we giving up and what will happen then? Is the democracy movement and possibility of it dead? And what will that mean for Americans? World more unsafe?
The administration has informed aid groups that it plans to decrease the budget for pro-democracy assistance in Arab Spring countries.
A planned decrease by the Obama administration in funding for democracy promotion and election support in the Middle East is prompting alarm among activists. They say cuts are likely to be more severe than first realized and that the White House appears to be giving up on democracy in the region and downgrading its advancement as a policy priority.
In the run-up to Christmas, State Department officials briefed American non-profits funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) about cuts in funding. They were told no money was being earmarked for democracy and governance assistance programs in Iraq and that, for Egypt, the administration was adopting a wait-and-see approach until after a January 15 referendum on a newly-drafted constitution.
No extra funding for democracy promotion is being earmarked for Libya, whose transition from autocracy following the toppling of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi has been plagued by CLICK HERE