Skip to comments.Development aid key to terrorism fight: Clinton
Posted on 01/06/2010 8:58:13 PM PST by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (AFP) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an impassioned appeal Wednesday for greater US international development aid, saying it was vital to US and global security at a time of growing extremist threats.
Development is a "strategic, economic and moral imperative," the top US diplomat said in a speech at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.
"We cannot stop terrorism or defeat the ideologies of violent extremism when hundreds of millions of young people see a future with no jobs, no hope, and no way ever to catch up to the developed world," she said.
Clinton's speech was prompted by a belief that social and economic conditions need to improve in countries beset by Islamist insurgencies, aides said, citing situations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen as prime examples.
"We cannot be assured" of promoting a safer, more democratic world "when one-third of humankind live in conditions that offer them little chance of building better lives for themselves or their children," Clinton said.
Aides said Clinton's speech was an elaboration on her goal of giving international development equal weight to diplomacy and defense in US foreign policy.
The federal budget for international aid grew nine percent for 2010 over last year, to some 54 billion dollars for 2010.
It is distributed mainly through the US Agency for International Aid and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a government assistance program emphasizing conditions for US-approved governance.
Funds also are targeted for programs such as for AIDS prevention -- 63 billion dollars over the next six years -- and efforts to promote food security, pegged at an initial 3.5 billion dollars.
Clinton said the new development pushed by President Barack Obama was based more on partnership, not patronage.
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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks on "Development in the 21st Century" at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, in Washington, DC. Clinton said Wednesday that overseas development aid was a "strategic, economic and moral imperative" for advancing US interests and fixing world problems. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
This year we spread around 54 Billion in foreign aid?
I remember when it was a couple billion.. and look what that got us.
Hillary Clinton is just another incompetent idiot.
Just like the rest of the zer0bamao administration.
“Development?” i.e. .... MONEY? How about CAPITALISM and FREE ENTERPRISE...and FREEDOM.....you idiot,
Oooops. Looks like I was wrong when I said I thought she was lying low the past two weeks recovering from plastic surgery!
She’s actually pulling the ol’ Dem ploy of spending OPM to display her compassionate side for the press. She hasn’t been in the news much lately, so had to come up with something to get herself there.
The MSM (AFP-Yahoo) of course is obliged to do the ol’ biddy’s bidding.
Paraphrasing P.J. O’Rourke, spending money on foreign aid is the modern equivalent of tossing virgins into volcanoes.
Most gets stolen by corrupt officials and the little that does get to the people who need it is resented more than appreciated.
Money down a rat hole.
Yes, there's a way for them to have hope. Give up that defeatist ideology that teaches them to consider themselves perpetual victims. Embrace capitalism and democracy.
Why do these people keep saying stupid things?
Where is that reset button?
In other words, more money to terrorists.
Silly, silly woman.
Hillary’s the only one needing development aid...to help her develop an understanding of the existence of evil people in this world and that it has nothing to do with socioeconomic downtroddeness, but has everything to do with loving raw power.
Yeah, that’s right, Hildebeast. They are all victims and the key is to buy them off. Look how well that strategy has worked in the War on Poverty. Commie skank.
Yeah, Osama's youth spent in the streets of poverty is why he now leads Al Qaeda...
Why isn’t she being called on the State Dept. involvement in the panty bomber fiasco? The Dad went to an Embassy and State issues Visa’s. Is that some of the accountability Bambi is talking about?
The liberal/Progressive/communist view is that it would destabilize these countries if you take out their tyrannical regimes. Freedom is so messy ya know. That's why 0bummer wouldn't say anything supportive of the protesters in Iran.
Better to kill terrorists than to give them our money
Clinton just another idiot Liberal Globalist
Hillary, we are out of money. No more foreign aid.