The United States continues to lead the world in foreign aid assistance. While substantial, less than 1% of the United States’ GDP is designated to foreign aid assistance. In 2010 the United States obligated approximately $38 billion in economic assistance and $15 billion in military assistance, amounting to $53 billion total. 182 countries received $38 billion of U.S. economic assistance.
The United States fiscal year 2013 foreign aid budget is projected to total $56.1 billion. This is an increase compared to the FY2012 foreign aid budget, which amounted to $47 billion. The increase may reflect the new $16 billion the U.S. pledged to Afghanistan through 2015. But what happens after 2015?
Here is a breakdown of the top recipients of United States foreign aid assistance categorized by region based off of 2010 data provided by USAID:
2. Pakistan – $1.940 billion
3. Indonesia – $313 million
2. Russia – $379 million
3. Moldova – $308 million
2. Colombia – $678 million
3. Mexico – $622 million
1. Iraq – $1.082 billion
2. West Bank/Gaza – $693 million
3. Jordan – $463 million
2. Sudan – $871 million
3. Kenya – $816 million
The purposes of these numbers are contentious depending on what one’s views are on foreign aid. However, the imperative question is, what would happen if the U.S. decided to rescind aid to these major recipients? In just one instance, Sen. Rand Paul has recently threatened to lead the charge on the Hill to cut aid to Pakistan for imprisoning a doctor who helped American forces locate Osama bin Laden.
It is more than clear that recipients benefit heavily from aid and citizens of the recipients have grown to rely and depend on the aid. However the reliance could become dangerous if the U.S. decided to make major budget cuts in the future to foreign aid. Or, if any type of conflict were to occur between the U.S. and a recipient, aid would most likely be rescinded. After all, the U.S. currently faces a major deficit and a number of domestic issues. One can only wonder what the future is for foreign aid.
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After further searches I found that the US is providing Billions to Israel. "Under an existing aid agreement between
Washington and Tel Aviv signed in 2007, $30 billion of American
taxpayers’ money is currently flowing to Israel, reported Defense News". "The US annual military aid to Israel has
been elevated from $2.4 billion to $3.1 billion through 2017 under the
existing agreement." see http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/08/17/319178/us-mulling-surge-in-military-aid-to-israel/. With that said , it brings into question this articular about how much $$, where those $$ are really going.
Yes, I agree. We need to cut back on some aid and completely stop on others, who help support the terrorists. Just stop trying to save the whole world and help our own. We are in need of aid ourselves.
How about we cut all the money we send overseas in half and also cut out all aid to countries like Pakistan since they keep giving aid to the terrorist. That would give us more money to help our own country. We need to get our own house in order before we can just give away lots of money.
Foreign aid is just like doing something for an acquaintance; do it once, it's a favor, do it twice and it becomes a permanent job from which backing away creates an enemy of that acquaintance. Many dislike foreign aid, especially when it involves providing aid for "security," but if we're going to play the game of world politics, it's the price we have to pay. The only way to eliminate it now is to become isolationists and prepare for the negative results.
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Any particular reason why you don't list the roughly 3 billion per year in Foreign Aid we send to Israel?
We keep hearing incessantly about "entitlements" as if it were a dirty word. Why do we not hear even ONE politician or anyone in the "press" who speaks of the obcene amounts of money going to these countries, most of whom hate our guts. Shouldn't they be called "entitlements" also? Or should we just forget that Americans have PAID for their entitlements.
WHY in the hell are we sending hundreds of millions to Russia??? Our aid allows them to send weapons to places like Syria and fund other projects that our govt. does not approve. Turn this money around and strengthen OUR medicare, social security and other programs that senior citizens have pe need to stop this studipity of borrowing money so we can give it away to some foreign countries that (a) don"t need it to survive and (b) don't deserve it !
what foreign country aids the u.s. ? why do the people of this country give $ in taxes to send any other country? when is the u.s. gov. going to aid the schools [ failing ] here ? teachers quiting the last 25 years, to do construction work for more money ! teacher salary was not enough to live on ! when are the people of u.s. going to wake up ? we all left england [ most ] because taxes .. here we are again[ irsed hounded, taxed retarded, schools are falling behind world, and no new world to sail off to...[ foreign aid u.s. ] help u.s. first...
I AGREE.EVERY COUNTRY WE GIVE FOREIGN AID TO WANTS TO KILL US.STOP THIS NONSENSE.LEAVE OUR TAX DOLLARS AT HOME.IF THE WEALTHY PEOPLE WANT TO CONTINUE THIS STUPID AID LET THEM GIVE IT OUT THEIR OWN POCKETS.THINK OF HOW OUR COUNTRY WILL BE WHEN WE USE THIS MONEY FOR OUR POOR AND TO DEFEND OURSELVES FROM THESE COUNTRIES THAT WANT US BLOWN OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH.