John Hoffmire: Modern era requires modern international aid

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  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:11 a.m.

    Everyone remembers the old adage:

    "If Your Only Tool Is a Hammer Then Every Problem Looks Like a Nail"

    Sometimes I think the same idea can be used with the military. In Iraq we spent about 2 trillion dollars to topple a third rate dictator.

    For that amount of money we could have hired ten million Iraqis to pound rocks at $4,000 per year for fifty years!

    If all you have is a military, every problem looks like a war!

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 7:23 p.m.

    In the Ultra book of knowledge, this article is simply false propaganda that is used to cover up the crimes we commit upon our foreign neighbors and prepare the way for new ones.

    American foreign aid exists only because it provides profits for American businessmen. In the case of military aid, the money we give to the governments of foreign nations is used to buy the military products manufactured by American businessmen. The money itself never leaves America.

    In the case of direct military presence, American military people are placed in foreign bases for the same reason they are sought after by cities and states in America, military bases are huge sources of wealth. The financial gain for the local businessmen and their government is used to buy favorable business conditions for American businessmen. Sometimes, at the great displeasure of local workers. When the balance of trade is overly in favor of American products, the local workers have no way to earn their living.

    In the case of Charity, I think that the charity given to foreign nations is just for show and creation of TV commercials.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    From the story:
    “Recent research indicates direct monetary aid to governments increases dependence, corruption and poor rule of law.

    The best types of aid provide individuals with skills and opportunities rather than goods and services.”

    This amazing revelation needs to be applied to our domestic aid programs to political entities and individuals, not just to international programs to governments.

    This is a very instructive story and I hope that people in high places take it to heart.