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Steve Peacock

At the very least, programs such as the ones administered by USTDA require U.S. industry participation and therefore one may argue that such benefits "trickle down" to U.S. citizens. But must the "welder and the waitress" be taxed to facilitate the success of the wealthy business owner, to borrow a phrase from a conservative think-tank?

USAID appears to offer, at times, genuine humanitarian assistance; on the other hand, under the Bush II Administration, the agency's decades-long policy of being detached from U.S. military policy abruptly was changed when USAID began deploying liaisons to each of the DoD combatant commands to better coordinate efforts. So, the humanitarian facade largely became just that -- a facade.


Thanks for trying to be fair and factual. The U.S. Government doesn't give money away to any foreign countries, there are always strings attached. Beleive me we will get something out of it.

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