LAS VEGAS (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul says he would cut all foreign aid, including to U.S. ally Israel.I think I can see what that scoundrel is trying to pull here: he's implying that Israel is "greedy", and would rather rely on foreign aid than make it themselves! As it so happens, the saner leaders in Israel have been trying to make the country less dependent on foreign aid for years now. But if the US wants to donate foreign aid to Israel as an act of altruism, that's their business, and for Paul to make these suggestions is gravely offensive.
The Texas congressman on Tuesday said U.S. aid to Israel "teaches them to be dependent" and reduces their sovereignty. He also says the Middle East nation should be free to conduct its foreign policy without worrying how the United States will react and perhaps punish it with fewer dollars.
Rival Michele Bachmann says Israel "is our greatest ally" and spending to the country shouldn't be cut. The Minnesota congresswoman says she would rather see "nations that we have liberated" such as Iraq and Libya pay back the United States for money it spent there.
Not only that, Paul has also been asking GOP candidates to condemn Reagan, whom only recently he claimed to support! Now we have only more reason to be skeptical of his fandom for Reagan, even economically.