Who's Looking Out For The US?
Posted by Nathan Tabor on Mar 19, 2006 - 7:15:00 PM
WASHINGTON D.C.— The United States is without a doubt, the most generous country in the world. We are generous in times of natural disaster; donating untold amounts of dollars to help rebuild the lives of those devastated by tsunamis, earthquakes, and other emergencies. We are generous in the defense of freedom, offering military aid to oppressed peoples longing for democracy.
Unfortunately, we have also become generous with countries that do not have our best interests at heart.
For instance, let's consider the United Nations voting records of various Arabic and Islamic states. Back in the early part of the '90s, American servicemen and women put their lives on the line to liberate Kuwait. Our reward? Kuwait votes against the United States in the United Nations 67 percent of the time. That's the type of return we receive for our military investment in Kuwait.
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates, poised to take over our ports, voted against us 70 percent of the time. Given that fact, can the UAE really be considered a friend of the United States?
And the indignities do not end there.
· Qatar voted against us 67 percent of the time
· Morocco 70 percent
· Jordan 71 percent
· Tunisia 71 percent
· Saudi Arabia 73 percent
· Yemen 74 percent
· Algeria 74 percent
· Oman 74 percent
· Sudan 75 percent
· Pakistan 75 percent
· Libya 76 percent
· Egypt 79 percent
· India 81 percent
· Syria 84 percent
· Mauritania 87 percent
In other words, we have a solid voting bloc against us in the Arab world.
However, the insanity does not end there. The United States routinely bestows billions of dollars in foreign aid to nations that, by all accounts, hate us. Nearly eight out of ten times, Egypt votes against us, yet it still receives $2 billion each year in U.S. aid. Jordan voted against us seven out of ten times and still receives $192,814,000 each year from us. We award millions more to Pakistan and India, even though they routinely side against us.
For years, a number of conservatives have said that it's time for us to get out of the United Nations. In reality, it's long past time. In theory, an organization designed to promote peace among nations might be a good idea— but, in practice, it's been a disaster for the United States.
It seems that reason does not rule the United Nations. Instead, it appears that all too often, it is run by a mob-rule mentality that is decidedly anti-American. In the end, it wasn't the United Nations that captured Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and brought him to justice. It was the much-maligned USA.
We should also seriously re-think our foreign aid packages. Why not save the money we've been spending on our enemies and give it back to the American taxpayer?
Wouldn't that be best for not only the taxpayer, but also for our national security interests?
All too often, it seems as if we pursue an "America last" foreign policy. State department officials sometimes act as if they care more about what's happening in other nations than how to protect our own. Even if Uncle Sam is reluctant to return foreign aid money to U.S. taxpayers, why not at least invest that money in securing our own borders from terrorists and illegal aliens? It would seem that an "America first" foreign policy would demand that such action be taken.
As ordinary citizens, we have to deal with the harsh realities of everyday life. It's time that our government officials dealt with reality as well. Our involvement in the United Nations is not helping us— no matter how much we wish it would. We should get out— and get out now.