- Pakistan – $742,200,000 planned for FY2017
The United States continues to give out aid to Pakistan, who somehow continue to remain off the list of countries sponsoring terrorism around the world. Pakistan has received $15 billion over the past decade from the United States, despite ongoing efforts to enhance their nuclear capabilities. Pakistan has recently threatened India with nuclear weapons, and the Pakistani defense minister, Khawaja M. Asif, sent out this tweet again threatening nuclear retaliation.
Pakistan continues to condemn and persecute Christians and anyone else who dare go against their state religion. The popular figure Asia Bibi, a Christian mother, remains on death row in Pakistan for the 7th straight year. There is also the controversy of whether Pakistan knew of the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, who reportedly took shelter there for up to 5 years.
- Saudi Arabia – $10,000 planned for FY2017
Though $10,00 is not a huge sum of money, the U.S. since 2009 under President Obama has also offered over $115 billion in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. These weapons have been found in the hands of radical jihadist throughout the Middle East. During the Wikileaks dump, it was revealed that then Secretary of State Clinton told her campaign chairman John Podesta the Saudis were helping to fund ISIS both financially and logistically. The email stated
“We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region.”
As one of the leaders in state sponsored Islamist terror, the United States should not be giving Saudi Arabia any type of aid or support. With President-elect Trump vowing energy independence, the Saudis have nothing to offer.
- Syria – $238,470,000 planned for FY2017
If we are being realistic, the United States aspirations for a terror free Syria is farfetched and not likely. Efforts to arm Syrian rebels at the hopes of defeating ISIS has backfired, with the weapons ending up in the wrong hands. According to a pew research poll, 65% of Americans don’t think the United States or its allies should be arming and aiding Syrian rebels. Recently appointed Lt. General Michael Flynn has been a vocal advocate against arming rebels and not to support radical jihadists. When asked during the interview whether we the United States should stop supporting these groups, Flynn simply answered “yes.” President of Syria Bashar al-Assad has been to known to be brutal to his own people, often gassing them. President Obama has tried his hand at overthrowing Assad, but his methods of arming rebels has backfired. The U.S. should end all money going towards that effort and stop trying regime change in the region.
- Qatar – $35,283 (FY2015) , $0 planned for FY2017
The other country besides Saudi Arabia to be linked to the funding of ISIS in the wikileaks email sent by then Secretary Clinton is Qatar. The United States has sent Qatar foreign aid in the past, as well as $11 billion in arms that include apache helicopters. Qatar should be more involved taking in refugees from Syria. They also should be doing more in Yemen to help with their civil war against the Houthi rebels and ISIS militants in the region both trying to overthrow the current government.
- Iran – End the Iran Nuclear Deal – $400 million payment – up to $150 billion once all agreements are in place (estimates differ)
The well-known Iran Nuclear Deal is a total disaster and needs to be top priority for President-elect Trump when he takes office January 21st. The Iran deal will provide Iran with a cash handout as sanctions are eased and assets are unfrozen. Does anyone truthfully think Iran will stop making nuclear weapons? This only furthers them to legitimize it and build their stockpile of uranium. The $400 million was conveniently given at the same time 4 US troops were released to return home to the United States. These payments to Iran must stop.
Countries not mentioned above like Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan should also be reconsidered for foreign aid or at least the amount they receive. The bottom line is the United States should start to rethink some of the aid they are giving out overseas and take care of things at home first. The Veterans Administration needs a huge overhaul; it is unacceptable for Veterans to be waiting in line for care and dying in the process. We have a crumbling infrastructure that President Obama never seemed to get fixed. Most importantly, our debt as a country continues to balloon and the deficit continues to grow. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has it right, let’s not give money to countries that hate us and don’t adhere to our advice.