According to reports from US officials, the Pentagon is proposing a dramatic increase in the amount of military aid sent to Yemen annually, with some officials pushing for as much as $250 million in the next annual appropriation.
The Obama Administration has already greatly increased the military aid budget to Yemen, which was $155 million this year. The proposals come amid increased US interest in tackling al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is based in Yemen.
Military aid to Yemen’s Saleh government runs afoul of the US Child Soldiers Prevention Act, but President Obama has issued waivers allowing the funding to continue. Yemen is also facing a number of internal military conflicts totally unrelated to AQAP.
Which is a cause for concern regarding the major increases in US funding, as there is no guarantee the funding will actually be used to tackle AQAP and not, for instance, launch more attacks against the Shi’ite north or against the Socialist blocs in the former Southern Yemen territories. AQAP has long been a distant third in priority for the government, and while it is President Saleh’s ticket to a big boost in US aid, it will likely remain an afterthought when it comes time to launch new strikes.
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"foreign aid" is the lifeblood of the American empire. It is a bribe that justifies the US government in taking over and dictating policy to other countries. The US government wants every country in the world to be in it's debt. End foreign aid and you end the empire.
How does a country that is bankrupt find the money to fund even more wars? Its own nation is in financial peril, its dollar sinks like a millstone, its people are starving, losing their homes, can't find a job.
When are Americans going to rebel against the fools running their country? How far down does America have to sink before the people rise up and reclaim their birthright which was stolen from them by carpetbaggers and capitalist criminals and political pimps?
America was once admired by the world. Now it is a laughing stock, an object of pity.
It's not too late to set things right! All America needs are a few leaders who have vision, who have courage, who have morals and principles. Obama was not the one. He was a false prophet.
Somewhere in America is someone who can lead America out of the swamp of greed and violence in which it's sinking. Will that person stand up before the fascists take over!
"When are Americans going to rebel against the fools running their country? "
How? I mean, they think they are overthrowing the status quo and getting change everytime they go out and vote and then seem surprised when there's no change. The republicans/democrats are like Lucy holding the football and the voters are like Charlie Brown. "Come and kick the ball Charlie Brown, I won't pull it out from under you like Idid the last 800 times! it will be different this time, I promise."
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