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Can You Explain $900M To Rebuild Hamas' Home Turf While Pakistan Ops Are Short Funding?

By Steve Schippert | February 23, 2009

What on Earth is the administration doing announcing plans to give $900 Million in aid to rebuild Hamas' Gaza Strip while our own Defense Department's Security Development Plan for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan "faces a shortfall of approximately $167.5 million, about 73 percent of its funding goal for fiscal year 2009," according to a GAO report?

Did we not just witness the American president heading up a "Fiscal Responsibility Summit"? With fiscal responsibility in such high demand, one must forget entirely the nearly $1 trillion in irresponsibly distributed 'stimulus' already signed into commitment and the half-trillion dollar supplemental spending bill being presented this week. In a less than three week span, the two spending packages together would instantly represent a more than 10% increase in the national debt accrued over this nation's entire history. Yet when it comes to Defense and National Security, seemingly the only budgets eyed for any significant spending cuts, critical operations and initiatives expect to be short changed and starved of funds.

The Department of Defense's Security Development Plan for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, like the administration's $900 million Gaza aid plan, is directed at the heart of a terrorist haven. But the DoD initiative is directed at curtailing and/or cutting off terrorists from narcotics funding and undermining their stranglehold on and, to the degree that it exists, popular support of the local populations there. An alternative.

The Administration's Gaza reconstruction gift contains none of these counterterrorism dynamics. Not a one. There is but one ultimate distributor in Gaza: Hamas. The Obama administration can claim that "the aid would not go to Hamas but that it would be funneled through nongovernmental organizations," but the fact of the matter remains that the Hamas terrorist organization that dominates Gaza stands to gain from every penny. It most certainly will not be hindered. That equation is nowhere in the calculus.

Dumping $900 million dollars into foolish Gaza reconstruction affords the distributors of all goods and services in Gaza both tangible assets (through the redirection of their funds elsewhere, such as arms, rockets and munitions) as well as the re-consolidation of political power and image rehabilitation. Many Gazans actually blamed Hamas - not Israel - for the wrath incurred in January. This action undermines that intangible shift and affords Hamas recovery from a humiliating wrath of domestic criticism.

This is not a cry from this writer to end all foreign aid. Far from it. But it is a vociferous cry to reconsider the foolishness of assisting Hamas to any degree - let alone to the tune of nearly a billion dollars - in reconstructing Gaza after Hamas' incessant rocket attacks on Israeli cities and towns finally drew the wrath of the Israeli Defense Forces. Would we rebuild Japan with Tojo still in place, or Germany under a surviving Hitler? And would we send them nearly $1 billion while our own economy is incessantly being described as "the worst crisis since the Great Depression"?

And most importantly, would we do this while our own operations are short funding, where our own troops are at ever-increasing risk?

The answer is clearly, no we would not. At least not then. But today, under an Obama administration, the answer is apparently "Yes we can."

Our own generals requested 30,000 troops in order to roll out a new strategy and fight terrorists in Afghanistan and they got but 17,000 committed. Our efforts to combat al-Qaeda's narcotics money tree and undermine their popular support in Pakistan are expected to be short-funded $167.5 million with no redress in sight, yet the commitment is already made to spend $900 million of your tax dollars rebuilding Hamas' home turf.

Make sense of that.

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3 Comments

I've been hot about this since the story first broke.

From what I have read, the aid has to be approved by Congress. I cannot believe we can't get a bipartisan block, combining anti-terror, pro-Israel, and fiscal hawk votes. How do Dems think a billion in money for Hamas is going to play in their districts when the economy is in the tank?

Good article Steve! I'm looking for organized opposition.

@DaMav

OBama orders $20M tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA

By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in migration assistance to the Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza . The “presidential determination” which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States was signed on January 27 and appeared in the Federal Register on February 4.

Few on Capitol Hill took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.
A review of Barack Obama’s most recent actions since he was inaugurated a month ago:

- His first call to any head of state as president was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.

- His first one-on-one interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.

- He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted.

- He ordered all overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.

- He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and 9/11.

- Now we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to and live in the US at American taxpayer expense.

- To verify for yourself: www.thefederalregister.com/d.p/2009-02-04-E9-2488

You are correct. One of the most irresponsible, and dangerous moves yet by this Administration. Hamass will indeed grab it, and do it all over again.

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