United States Foreign Aid

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By: Murat S. Aruta
To: Prof. Cyndy Handerson
Hum 127, Critical Thinking

United States Foreign Aid

One of the most controversial subjects in todays United States is Foreign Aid, which is the aid given to other countries by the United States from the U.S. revenue, that is based on the tax dollars of American citizens. Most foreign aid goes through the United States Agency for International Development. There are three main kinds of foreign aid: military aid, food aid, and financial aid. The countries that the U.S. provides financial aid to can be categorized into three groups: Countries that are recovering from war, developing countries, and countries that hold strategic importance to the United States. Currently some American citizens have concerns regarding foreign aid. The majority of the population wants to know why the U.S. should keep funding countries that they believe hate them while the economy in the U.S. is already suffering. Even though these concerns are valid and to the point, it doesn’t change the importance of continued U.S. foreign aid on humanitarian and political grounds. Foreign aid is a necessity if the United States wants to keep its position as the strongest country in the world, a position the United States has held since the World War II, because when you are the strongest country in the world you will have strong enemies. In this case you will need strong alliances to protect your country and balance of nations through out the world.
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Also, even though we don’t like to hear about it, world politics do turn around oil and to have a say in this planets future your country must have a considerable influence on world oil reserves. Other then these facts of course there is the humanitarian side of foreign aid which is every developed nations duty to humanity to help their fellow man kind to survive in the time of need. Being the strongest nation in the world certainly comes with its disadvantages and responsibilities in addition



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