The Therapy Sessions
Sunday, January 04, 2004
Foreign Aid Reform
Something more for Dean to scream about:
WASHINGTON - A revolution in U.S. foreign aid, rewarding countries for how they govern, is finally ready to get under way, almost two years after first promised by the Bush administration.
The program will favor countries whose governments are judged to be just rulers, welcoming hosts for foreign investment and promoters of projects to meet their people's basic health and education needs.
Corrupt police states need not apply.
We should have started doing this the minute the Cold War ended. It has the potential to be a useful carrot-and-stick, leading many nations to better governance.
I say we should not be giving any aid whatsoever to Egypt. Jimmy Carter's great payoff to Egypt's crooked authoritarian government has made us very unpopular with the Egyptian people.