Senator Rand Paul: End All Foreign Aid

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Senator Rand Paul: End All Foreign Aid


Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) advocated ending all foreign aid--including even foreign aid to Israel, America's largest foreign aid recipient over the past 30 years--when he was interviewed on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on January 26:

Blitzer: What about the $2 billion or S3 billion that goes every year to Israel? Do you want to eliminate that as well?

Paul: Well, I think what you have to do is you have to look. When you send foreign aid, you actually send quite a bit to Israel's enemies. Islamic nations around Israel get quite a bit of foreign aid, too.

Blitzer: Egypt gets almost the same amount?

Paul: Almost the same amount, so really you have to ask yourself, are we funding an arms race on both sides? I have a lot of sympathy and respect for Israel as a democratic nation, as a, you know, a fountain of peace and a fountain of democracy within the Middle East. But at the same time, I don't [believe in] funding both sides of the arms race, particularly when we have to borrow the money from China to send it to someone else. We just can't do it anymore. The debt is all consuming and it threatens our well being as a country.

Blitzer: All right, so just to be precise, end all foreign aid including the foreign aid to Israel as well. Is that right?

Paul: Yes.

Democrats reacted against Sen. …

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