As cities and states shutdown basic programs and sell off parks and lands due to a lack of money, Israel will ask the U.S. for $20 billion in additional military aid. This is being supported by various members of Congress and the Administration, who continue to spend wildly abroad while demanding cuts in education, the environment, and other programs at home.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said that the unrest in the Arab world requires billions more from the United States for Israel. Israel had criticized the United States for not propping up dictators like Mubarak.
Israel already receives $3 billion in military aid a year from the U.S. — an amount criticized by some as excessive, particularly in these difficult economic times. Ron Paul has sought to end foreign aid to countries like Israel and Egypt. Not only was that proposal defeated, but an increase in aid is likely to be approved.
In the meantime, Americans continue to struggle financially as their leaders spend billions of dollars abroad. I believe in foreign aid but there has to be some logical limit when citizens are being told that their cities and states are near or at bankruptcy.
Source: Daily Mail