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'Foreign' aid is really a misnomer

Date published: 5/11/2014

'Foreign' aid is really a misnomer

In his lament regarding foreign aid ["Wittman is no friend to federal employees," April 24], John Morris expresses a common misperception.

With a few exceptions, foreign aid money does not leave this country. It amounts to providing a gift card to a foreign nation that (most often) can be spent only here. Foreign aid provides jobs for U.S. manufacturers, farmers and service providers, who pay taxes on those earnings.

U.S. foreign aid often comes with many strings attached, especially for military equipment, which enables some measure of control in its use.

Violation of these rules can lead to a cutoff or withdrawal of advisers, spare parts, computer updates, maintenance and technical manuals, etc.

Stephen Miller