Sunday, January 10, 2010

"Under American law, the United States can withhold support on loan guarantees to Israel," George Mitchell said on U.S. television on Wednesday after being asked about the kind of pressure that could be brought to bear on Israel.

The PBS interview

"[T]he kind of pressure that could be brought to bear" is a misleading way to couch the issue. Foreign aid consists of the governments of rich countries forcing their poor and middle classes to send their hard-earned money to the elites of poor countries. Foreign aid is welfare for the rich. It is only thanks to "pressure brought to bear" on poor and middle class Americans that foreign aid exists in the first place.

The U.S. Government should end all foreign and military "aid" to everybody, not just loan guarantees to Israel. First and foremost, the U.S. should withdraw the 575,000 U.S. troops stationed in 730 military bases in 130 countries encircling the globe.



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