Wednesday, June 2, 2010
World Food Program, citing lack of funds, is cutting food aid to Yemen. Only 30% of the pledged $100 million has been sent- and meanwhile, the US alone is sending $150 million in military aid. I know that a hundred million bones is a lot of cheddar, but it isn't that much relative to how much we spend on national security. I was hoping that this administration in particular would be aware of what seems like a mind-numbingly obvious fact by now: food aid, particularly in a country like Yemen, is part of national security. We can wipe out as much of the leadership as we want, but a starving and desperate Yemen becomes a failed state, a real haven, and we'll get drawn in further. And while I am in favor of military assistance, there is little more we can do in terms of negative propaganda than propping up an increasingly toxic and illegitimate government while letting bellies go empty.
Posted by Brian at 8:59 AM