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Last edited by Daan; 02-16-2013 at 02:30 PM.
Today, we have the Democrats trying to scare the Republicans.
You'd think if Israel were really an ally they'd have long ago recognized our situation and said, 'look we're doing pretty good, thanks to you guys, we don't need that kind of money any more. Why don't you guys use it at home where it is needed, not here where it isn't.'
Kerry: Sequestration Might Force Cuts in Israel Aid
Secretary of State John Kerry has joined the chorus of officials claiming that the minor cuts resulting from sequestration would be a huge threat to “national security,” and was quick to play the Israel card in defending his own department’s budget.End Quote
According to Kerry, the $2.6 billion cut in the budgets of the US State Department and USAID would mean a few hundred million dollars in cuts to American grants to foreign militaries, the largest of which is the multi-billion dollar yearly “aid” to Israel.
And while the average American might not be sold on the idea that a slight reduction in annual gifts to the Israeli military is such a dire thing, Congressional sentiment is likely to be starkly different, as many see anything even hinting of falling short of slavish dedication to Israel as an unthinkable lapse. Devastating tax increases might not be popular among Congressmen, but if they can be spun as a pro-Israel move, their support is likely assured.
There is such a thing as a freeloading parasite.
Israel is one country that is entirely capable of financing its own defense.
Hagel's "America First" attitude is why the Israel Lobby is intent on defeating Hagel's confirmation as America's Secretary of Defense.
Some $3 billion goes to Israel annually in US military aid, 74 percent of which must be spent in the US.
"This cut will be felt at home, resulting in a loss of sales to US industry and a potential loss of US jobs," Kerry added.
Cut off aid to our enemy, Pakistan, and we'll save $2-3 billion right there.
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