I try to steer clear of political reporting, for one thing it’s usually over reported and it’s too depressing. While researching a health subject that has the possibility of helping others, I chanced upon some information I thought should be brought to readers attention.
The US has spent between $1.5 billion and $2 billion dollars per year since 1979 on foreign aid to Egypt. Most of the money, reportedly, has gone to the military. Mubarak was a military man and there were no provisions to stop him from dipping into the funds and transfering them into his personal accounts. With an estimated worth of between $40 and $70 billion, it appears likely he did. Information sources differ where figures are concerned because dictators don’t keep balance sheets that are accessible to others outside of their small circle.
Most reliable sources say that the military in Egypt was, and probably still is, on the Mubarak payroll. With the Egyptian constitution suspended for 30 years, it was possible for anyone in power to take commissions, bribes, protection money or whatever you choose to call it, without any checks and balances. That would prove especially true, even if there were checks and balances, if the overseers were on the payroll of the one they were paid to overlook. According to Prof. Amaney Jamal of Princeton University, "There was no accountability, no need for transparency. He was able to reach into the economic sphere and benefit from monopolies, bribery fees, red-tape fees, and nepotism. It was guaranteed profit." See * at end of article.
Skimming is a common practice of despots in the Middle East. Does the name Saddam Hussein sound familiar? Who gave billions to him and made it possible for him to become dictator of Iraq? Does US foreign aid ring a bell? If we look at history during the last century we’ll see that in most instances when US foreign aid is given to a country with leadership that even slightly smacks of dictatorship, we eventually have to spend more money and American lives on wars, or on other dictators, to depose them.
If the money trail doesn’t become transparent in Egypt, and the US, Mubarak may still be able to control many aspects of the country even from exile due to those who are on his payroll, maybe including some in the US in high places. If Mubarak isn’t capable of exerting control in the future, what about the next dictator? If the US foreign aid money flow continues what will keep the next dictator from lining his pockets the same as Mubarak?
One way to help curtail that problem and help the US economy, is to stop or drastically reduce all foreign aid. I didn’t delve deeply into all foreign aid programs, I hate to cry on my computer, but the US spends approximately $58 billion yearly on foreign aid. This year’s requested amounts include Russia $68.7 million, China $12.9 million, $647.7 million for Nigeria and $20 million for communist Cuba, to name a few. Here are the three leading drains on the the US economy where foreign aid is concerned, the following are yearly figures. Afghanistan $3.9 billion, Pakistan $3.1 billion and Israel $3 billion. What could $58 billion, and counting, be used for in the US? It takes a thousand billion to make a trillion, but it’s a start.
*Think about the ramifications of the 30 year constitutional suspension in Egypt and your freedoms when your elected officials want to water down or completely eliminate parts of our constitution or constitutional amendments. Highest on the list of US power brokers is the first and second amendments. If you don’t want our constitution to be ineffective or eliminated altogether, or you’d like your tax money to stay and work at home, tell your elected official how you feel. If they don’t listen, after all they’re supposed to be working for you and not the other way around, fire them when election time rolls around. Party lines don’t mean much, it’s how they vote on issues that effect you daily, financially and on your liberty and freedom issues that count.