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Last week’s announcement of a record-breaking US aid package for Israel underscores how dangerously foolish and out-of-touch is our interventionist foreign policy. Over the next ten years, the US taxpayer will be forced to give Israel some $38 billion dollars in military aid. It is money we cannot afford going to a country that needs no assistance to maintain its status as the most powerful military in the Middle East.

All US foreign aid is immoral and counterproductive. As I have often said, it is money taken from poor people in the US and sent to rich people overseas. That is because US assistance money goes to foreign governments to hand out as they see fit. Often that assistance is stolen outright or it goes to the politically connected in the recipient country.

Just as bad is the fact that much of what we call “foreign aid” is actually welfare for the wealthy here at home. The aid package to Israel is a very good example. According to the agreement, this $38 billion will all go to US weapons manufacturers. So the real beneficiaries are not the American people, and not even Israeli citizens. The real beneficiaries are the US military-industrial complex. Perhaps the money won’t even leave Washington – it may simply go across town, from the Fed to the Beltway bomb-makers.

While even US government aid to desperately poor countries should be opposed on moral and practical grounds, it is even harder to understand US aid to relatively rich countries. At a nominal per capita GDP of over $35,000, Israel is richer than Japan, Italy, and South Korea. Not long ago Business Insider published a report by the Institute for the Study of War showing that the Israel is the most powerful military force in the Middle East. We know they have hundreds of nuclear weapons, a sophisticated air force, drones, and even nuclear weapons-equipped submarines.

So why is the US giving a rich and incredibly well-armed country a record amount of military aid? Part of it is that the US government believes it can coerce Israel to do Washington’s bidding in the Middle East. History shows that this is a foolish pipe dream. If anything, US aid subsidizes Israeli human rights abuses in Gaza and elsewhere.

Another reason is a very powerful lobby in Washington, AIPAC, that pressures Members of Congress to focus on Israel’s interests instead of US interests. Members of Congress should look at our economy, with effectively zero interest rates, an anemic non-recovery from the 2008 crash, historically low participation in the work force, and inflation eroding the value of the dollar and conclude that this might not be the best time to start handing out billions of dollars in foreign aid. Unfortunately most Members of Congress find it impossible to say no to special interest groups like AIPAC.

Here’s a better aid package for Israel: free trade, travel, friendly relations, and no entangling alliances. Israel should be free to pursue its national interests and we should be free to pursue ours. If individual Americans feel compelled to provide assistance to Israel or any other country or cause overseas they should be allowed. But the rest of us should not be forced to do so. Trade, not aid.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I once told my father of how, some time back in history, the Emperor of the Sikh Empire gifted the Koh-i-Noor to Queen Victoria.

    He believed it had been an unenforced donation, and I was negatively surprised.
    Today, I am not surprised anymore that people even discuss why the USA makes donation to Israel.

    Why people do love to chatter and chatter on simple matters is a mystery to me; they analyze, muse, debate, when most of what happens in the world is explained by a simple because it has to.
    Forces meet, clash, co-operate and compete, a resulting force comes out from all the rumble, and that is what it has to be.

    The USA have to. It couldn’t get simpler or truer.

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    • Replies: @CalDre
    Indeed. The Global Rulers have ordained it shall be, and so it shall be.

    The Israelis look at themselves as expanding to Eretz Israel ("Greater Israel") - from the Euphrates to the Nile - and it's going to take a lot of firepower to steal all that land from its current owners. They could never afford to do it themselves. The so-called "Arab Spring" (which should be called the "Arab Hell"), which has cost the US, by conservative estimates, $5 trillion, was a much larger payment to this end. The US has severely weakened the bulk of the powerful Arabic countries which comprise part of "Greater Israel" - namely, Iraq, Syria, and Egypt (though al-Sisi managed to largely counter the offensive in Egypt). The other Arab countries that need to contribute all of a large chunk of their land are Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Jordan; of those, only Saudi Arabia has a formidable army but it seems to be entirely in cahoots with Iarael and the US.

    This Greater Israel, with its capital in Jerusalem, will rebuilt the Temple Mount and use it as its base to rule the world through the Global Government that the Global Rulers are in the process of creating. The $38 billion is only a very small portion of the US' efforts in this regard.

    There is no denying it, the US government has been hijacked by those working for Israeli global hegemony.
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  2. kiismerh says:

    “All US foreign aid is immoral.. ”
    Accordingly all politicians that vote for it are immoral too. I hope Mr. Paul you are writing your memoir about all the low-lifes you have seen in Washington D.C.

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  3. CalDre says:
    @Anonymous
    I once told my father of how, some time back in history, the Emperor of the Sikh Empire gifted the Koh-i-Noor to Queen Victoria.

    He believed it had been an unenforced donation, and I was negatively surprised.
    Today, I am not surprised anymore that people even discuss why the USA makes donation to Israel.

    Why people do love to chatter and chatter on simple matters is a mystery to me; they analyze, muse, debate, when most of what happens in the world is explained by a simple because it has to.
    Forces meet, clash, co-operate and compete, a resulting force comes out from all the rumble, and that is what it has to be.

    The USA have to. It couldn't get simpler or truer.

    Indeed. The Global Rulers have ordained it shall be, and so it shall be.

    The Israelis look at themselves as expanding to Eretz Israel (“Greater Israel”) – from the Euphrates to the Nile – and it’s going to take a lot of firepower to steal all that land from its current owners. They could never afford to do it themselves. The so-called “Arab Spring” (which should be called the “Arab Hell”), which has cost the US, by conservative estimates, $5 trillion, was a much larger payment to this end. The US has severely weakened the bulk of the powerful Arabic countries which comprise part of “Greater Israel” – namely, Iraq, Syria, and Egypt (though al-Sisi managed to largely counter the offensive in Egypt). The other Arab countries that need to contribute all of a large chunk of their land are Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Jordan; of those, only Saudi Arabia has a formidable army but it seems to be entirely in cahoots with Iarael and the US.

    This Greater Israel, with its capital in Jerusalem, will rebuilt the Temple Mount and use it as its base to rule the world through the Global Government that the Global Rulers are in the process of creating. The $38 billion is only a very small portion of the US’ efforts in this regard.

    There is no denying it, the US government has been hijacked by those working for Israeli global hegemony.

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  4. Why? Don’t be naive. Because Israel wants it. Israel owns the government of the USA, lock, stock and barrel. The US is a puppet state controlled by Israel.

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  5. Israel treats the United States as an overseas colony it can extract resources from at will. It even blatantly sends over colonial administrators, like the Israeli banker Stanley Fischer, who runs the U.S. Federal Reserve. 

    These people who keep calling for a new Constitutional Convention need to call a new Continental Congress first, to draft a declaration of independence from Israel.

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  6. Rurik says:

    Dr. Paul, if you don’t mind my asking.. how is it that while you were in congress you were able to restrain yourself from clenching your hands around the necks of those assorted venal traitors to our republic and kept yourself from choking the miserable, treasonous life out of them?

    was it due to your Hippocratic oath?

    I must tell you I’ve always held your integrity in the highest regard, but if you were to have wavered on that particular oath, I think you could be forgiven

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  7. Milliaman says:

    Re: “So why is the US giving a rich and incredibly well-armed country a record amount of military aid? Part of it is that the US government believes it can coerce Israel to do Washington’s bidding in the Middle East.”

    What nonsense.

    Real reason: Because wealthy Jewish donors are emotionally tied to Israel and they are extremely powerful in determining who is elected and who is not.

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  8. To keep the Israelis from bombing the Iranian nuclear sites?

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    • Replies: @jtgw
    Huh, that's a nice realist interpretation of this.
  9. I didn’t read the article because Ron Paul is a shifty Freemason…I found that out after I donated over $1,200 to his presidential campaign. I was hotter than fish grease! I sent several emails to his campaign manager demanding that my money be returned to me toot sweet…I never did get my money back. Live and learn, I guess.

    That washed-up political hack wrote: “Why Are We Sending $38 Billion to Rich and Powerful Israel?” Durp! Duh! Gee, Ron, I don’t know…maybe there are forces controlling the US beyond the ones we see on the TV, you fake, controlled opposition, son-of-a-biotch!

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  10. IMHO4U says:

    Germany also gives untold millions every year (“WWII reparations”).

    All this money just continues to fuel MidEast disputes and turmoil.

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  11. jtgw says: • Website
    @Tom Crispin
    To keep the Israelis from bombing the Iranian nuclear sites?

    Huh, that’s a nice realist interpretation of this.

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  12. Ending all foreign aid to Israel would have consequences that most of the people calling for it would be shocked to see. I’m all in. The result would not be a chastened Israel, it would be Israel unleashed on it’s enemies.

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    • Replies: @John Jeremiah Smith

    Ending all foreign aid to Israel would have consequences that most of the people calling for it would be shocked to see. I’m all in. The result would not be a chastened Israel, it would be Israel unleashed on it’s enemies.
     
    Probably not, as Israel really cannot risk the entirely of what its bluster invites. A bit of encroachment, then takeover of Lebanon, yes. A completion of the conversion of Gaza into an officially Israeli slave cottage, yes. Might be some filtering into the Sinai, carefully -- that would be a 10-year plan. They have to be careful about Jordan and Syria -- Jordan because of global sympathies, Syria because they have an arrangement with Russia, and it would be a very risky double-cross, even with US backing.

    If Israel lost its control of the USA -- an EXTREMELY unlikely development -- it would just shake down Europe for tribute. A threat here, a threat there ... Germany, France, and England would cave.
  13. @james wilson
    Ending all foreign aid to Israel would have consequences that most of the people calling for it would be shocked to see. I'm all in. The result would not be a chastened Israel, it would be Israel unleashed on it's enemies.

    Ending all foreign aid to Israel would have consequences that most of the people calling for it would be shocked to see. I’m all in. The result would not be a chastened Israel, it would be Israel unleashed on it’s enemies.

    Probably not, as Israel really cannot risk the entirely of what its bluster invites. A bit of encroachment, then takeover of Lebanon, yes. A completion of the conversion of Gaza into an officially Israeli slave cottage, yes. Might be some filtering into the Sinai, carefully — that would be a 10-year plan. They have to be careful about Jordan and Syria — Jordan because of global sympathies, Syria because they have an arrangement with Russia, and it would be a very risky double-cross, even with US backing.

    If Israel lost its control of the USA — an EXTREMELY unlikely development — it would just shake down Europe for tribute. A threat here, a threat there … Germany, France, and England would cave.

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  14. Blake says:

    Apartheid South Africa bankrolled and armed its own military. It did not rely on handouts to prop up its apartheid entity – though the US veto did help on some occasions. Without US support ‘israel’ would not exist.

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