• Nothing Unusual Here: American Foreign Aid Has Frequently Been Offered with ‘Strings Attached’

    Surge Summary: The recent implication that it is at all unusual for American foreign aid to come with strings attached is false. It has been a common occurrence – and the foreign aid offered by former Democratic president Barack Obama proves as much.

    by Gary Bauer

    We just went through another 24-hour debate about the meaning of quid pro quo, triggered by Tuesday’s  closed-door testimony in the impeachment inquiry.

    The thrust of the Democrats’ main charge appears to be:  The president held back aid from Ukraine unless they agreed to investigate corruption in 2016 that might touch on some Democrats, including Joe Biden.

    Not every American realizes this, so I want to say it clearly:  Anybody who thinks that foreign aid does not come with strings attached does not understand how the system works.  In fact, it would be an outrage if the government was giving aid (your tax money) and didn’t try to get something beneficial for the U.S. in return as a condition of the aid.

    Democrats certainly attached a lot of strings to our foreign aid.  In fact, the strings attached by an administration speak volumes about its priorities.

    For example, Obama ordered his diplomats to make “women’s reproductive rights” (abortion) and the promotion of gay rights a condition of foreign aid.

    In contrast, President Trump has said, “I’m going to cut aid to NATO unless NATO nations start paying their fair share for their defense.”  Trump has said that his administration will look at violations of religious liberty when deciding whether we give foreign aid to countries.

    The irony is that in the case of Ukraine the president did not insist on a quid pro quo, but he did ask for assistance in the corruption probe regarding what happened in Ukraine in 2016.  And the Ukrainian leaders have denied feeling pressured or threatened.

    It’s a non-story that Obama pushed countries to redefine marriage or embrace the killing of unborn children as a price of U.S. aid.  It’s a non-story that Joe Biden made an explicit quid pro quo involving $1 billion of U.S. aid for the firing of a prosecutor investigating the company that employed his son.

    But it’s an outrage, an impeachable offense even, that Trump wants to get to the bottom of the corruption that occurred in 2016.

    Strings Originally posted here.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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