Rand Paul: End All Foreign Aid, Including Aid To Israel
Alex Knapp has already written about Senator Rand Paul’s plan to cut $500 billion from the Federal Budget. Part of that plan includes an end to all foreign aid, a topic which Wolf Blitzer grilled Paul on earlier this week:
WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to end all foreign assistance, including aid to Israel.
Paul, a Republican newly elected in Kentucky, was on CNN Wednesday outlining where he would cut the $500 billion in government spending he says is critical to sustaining the U.S. economy. His focus was on the departments of energy, education and housing.
Interviewer Wolf Blitzer then asked about foreign assistance, asking if he wanted to end “all foreign aid.” Paul said yes, and Blitzer asked him about aid to Israel.
“Well, I think what you have to do is you have to look,” Paul said. “When you send foreign aid, you actually [send] quite a bit to Israel’s enemies. Islamic nations around Israel get quite a bit of foreign aid, too.
“You have to ask yourself, are we funding an arms race on both sides? I have a lot of sympathy and respect for Israel as a democratic nation, as a, you know, a fountain of peace and a fountain of democracy within the Middle East.”
Blitzer pressed, “End all foreign aid including the foreign aid to Israel as well. Is that right?” he asked.
Paul answered, “Yes.”
It certainly strikes me as a conversation worth having at the very least, because the only people that win in this situation are the people in the U.S. defense industry. Moreover, as the events unfolding in Egypt show us clearly, foreign aid also tends to force us to ally with despotic regimes in the name of regional stability to the determent of the people who live there and, some might say, our own long term interests.