Foreign aid

December 3, 2012 

SUSANNA DIK, Richland

Should foreign aid still be provided to Afghanistan today?

There are so many reasons to say yes, yet so many to say no. So much money has been lost overseas because of fraud, mismanagement and lack of oversight. The U.S. has provided Afghanistan with a crutch, that when taken away, will cause it to fall, and to fall hard.

Many programs that the U.S. and other countries have started there may not be able to sustain after U.S. and other international troops leave. The inflated economy may easily collapse after foreign aid is halted to Afghanistan.

The U.S. also is facing its own financial crisis, but still is borrowing money from other countries such as China, to provide foreign aid to other countries. When will this cycle end? Will the aid we are providing now only stand in the long term, or will it last in the long term, after troops are pulled from Afghanistan?

Tri-City Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service