Making the Case to for Foreign Assistance to Fiscal Conservatives

January 19, 2011
by Ken Patterson

The US Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) wrote about a trip that a group of conservative columnists took to see some international development projects funded by the US. According to USGLC, conservative blogger, Rich Galen had some amazing insights:
On his journey, Galen saw effective International Affairs programs in action. A self-described skeptic, he encourages his fellow conservatives to look at the results, quoting a man in Nairobi who said that funding provided through the PEPFAR program first started by President George W. Bush had saved his life. Galen writes, “I have learned that what I thought had been set of programs to toss money over the transom at Uganda and other African nations, I now see as an investment in what may someday became a vibrant, growing economic engine.”

After talking with Lee Brudvig, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kenya, Galen said of these programs, “At their relatively modest costs, they help keep anti-American rabble-rousing at bay because the very people who are most directly affected by these programs tend to be the poorest and thus, the most fertile ground for terrorist recruitment. “

In the current economic climate, politicians from both parties will be looking to make cuts in order to reduce the deficit. But Rich Galen says it best: “At a time when State budgets and the Federal budget are being squeezed through fine fiscal strainers looking for any available dollars, we should take great care before we reduce or eliminate programs which are doing what they were designed to do, within the budgets they were granted, and for which America and Americans are getting due credit.”

The blog entry by Galen has other great tidbits. Give it a read:

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