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What Foreign Aid Is

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What Foreign Aid Is

There are two words that many politicians like to shy away from, and those

two words are, "foreign aid." Taking a firm stand on either side of this topic

is usually side stepped by decision makers. Their opinions are usually based

on a case by case analysis. This extremely controversial topic involves whether

or not to support the policy of foreign aid to needy or sometimes not so needy

countries. What benefits does foreign aid have for the countries that receive

it, and does it have any benefits for the countries who give? Some may say that

instead of spending money on foreign aid, money should be spent on domestic aid.

Those who argue in favor of foreign aid say that it is an investment in the

future of both countries that will eventually pay off. There is also another

factor to consider when discussing foreign aid: what kind of foreign aid is

being offered. There are three different types of foreign aid: first, there is

military foreign aid; second, there is foreign aid for the advancement

of business; third, there is emergency foreign aid for food and medicine.

Foreign aid to countries can help in many ways. It can be used as a

tool in bargaining. For instance a country that has just received foreign aid

or is expecting to get their regular installment of foreign aid will be more

likely to listen to new ideas. Because some countries are so dependent on their

regular installments of foreign aid, they are willing to appease countries such

as the U.S who are giving it. When looked at closely, foreign aid may be

considered an elaborate system of legal bribery. This becomes evident when

countries do what they would normally not consider doing in order to continue

receiving foreign aid. The U.S supplies financial foreign aid to many different

countries; sometimes this foreign aid is in a form of a loan. For example,

recently the U.S. supplied Mexico with a loan in order to save the falling value

of the Peso. This loan was denigrated by much of the U.S. population because

many people don't understand why the U.S. should care about the falling value of

the Mexican Peso. First of all, deflation of the Peso means a loss of jobs in

Mexico which would in turn send an influx of illeagal immigrants from Mexico to

the United States. In addition, Mexico is a large economy that imports

American goods. If the P...

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...the relief workers and to distribute the goods. Soon

it seemed that the US was not wanted in Somalia, and it seemed as if they were

biting the hand that feeds them. With such negative feelings about the US

troops staying in Somalia, an ethical decision had to be made. Do we help

these starving people, or do we leave to protect ourselves. Somalia was

supposed to be a strictly humanitarian effort, but it turned out to be a

military effort when the US had to fight against all sides.

When every aspect of foreign aid is looked at, a decision about who is

right or wrong by each individual on their own. Foreign aid is most likely a

necessary evil for a superpower such as the United States. The US, just because

of the sheer size and strength of its economy and military might has to watch

over the rest of the world in order to keep balance and peace around the world.

When considered, it turns out to be that all the foreign aid combined is such a

small percentage of the United States GDP that we really have little to complain

about. I believe that foreign aid is blown out of proportion by the media. It

is hot topic that generates controversy and kicks up the ratings.

In this essay, the author

  • Describes the two words, "foreign aid" and taking a firm stand on either side of this topic.
  • Describes the reasons for supporting foreign aid to needy or not-so-needy people.
  • Asks if it has any benefits for the countries who give?
  • Explains that those who argue in favor of foreign aid say that it is an investment in the country.
  • Explains that foreign aid to countries can help in many ways.
  • Opines that foreign aid may be as important as the u.s. who are giving it.
  • Explains that the u.s. supplied mexico with a loan in order to save the falling value.
  • Explains that deflation of the mexican peso means a loss of jobs.
  • Opines that some people would still be against this type of aid, and their argument would be the same.
  • Explains that aid not only helps the country in need, but it also pumps money into the us.
  • Explains that the u.s. has over 800 million budgeted for aid to russia and other former soviet states.
  • Explains that the u.s. spends more money on military foreign aid.
  • Explains that the u.s. usually has more than one type of foreign aid.
  • Describes countries such as lybia, lebanon, iraq, and iran.
  • Explains that the leader of iraq, decided to use scud missiles against israel who had no part.
  • Explains how the gulf war turned out to be crucial.
  • Explains how the us tried to help a country full of starving people who were dying because of hunger.
  • Explains that the decision to bring in us forces was made for fear of being killed.
  • Opines that the us was not wanted in somalia, and it seemed as if they were.
  • Opines that foreign aid is most likely a right or wrong by each individual.
  • Opines that foreign aid is blown out of proportion by the media.
  • Opines that if the u.s. wants to keep russia on the right track, it must give them aid to feed their people.
  • States that the u.s. uses foreign aid as a tool to end the cold war.
  • Explains that the us has a foothold in the middle east by preserving israel as an ally.
  • Analyzes how the sheer size and strength of its economy and military might has to watch over the rest of the world in order to keep balance and peace.
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