Opinion: What is Our Government Doing These Days?

A. Nicole
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I find it highly peculiar that the government has been directing its unbreakable focus on funding and outfitting the unwinnable war to protect the so-called freedoms of a small nation known for widespread corruption. The way our foreign policy has been handled, as of late, is spurring debates from many concerned citizens. Many have been left questioning the sanity behind the unbelievable amount of funds being sent to Ukraine while not far away, Israel faces threats from terrorists who were essentially left with billions of dollars worth of advanced military weapons in their possession. Furthermore, the release of funds that the U.S. had frozen also added to the already tipped scale.

Ukraine and Israel: A Tale of Two Conflicts

The conflict in Ukraine has been a focal point of international attention for several years. The U.S. has committed billions of dollars in aid to support Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression. While the aid has undoubtedly been crucial in addressing humanitarian needs and supporting Ukraine's sovereignty, some have questioned whether such a substantial investment is the best use of American resources.

Israel's Concerns

Israel, a longstanding ally in a volatile region, has found itself in a precarious situation. It faces attacks from terrorist groups terrorist groups equipped with sophisticated weaponry, funded in part by the U.S. government. Israel's security concerns are real and pressing. Facing constant threats from terrorist groups, the Middle East has been overcome with increasing instability. While Israel is undoubtedly capable of protecting itself, it has become increasingly challenging as these groups received substantial financial boosts and advanced military equipment from actions made by the Biden Administration.

Remember What We Left in Afghanistan

The aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan continues to reveal the extent of weaponry left behind. This should concern us all about its potential misuse. Abandoned U.S. aircraft and tens of thousands of pieces of advanced equipment, including night vision, surveillance, biometric, and positioning systems, have found their way into the hands of the Taliban. As the Taliban parades these U.S. weapons on the streets of Kabul, there are growing worries that they could utilize American drones and small arms. While the Defense Department insists that specialized maintenance and technical support are needed for the more advanced equipment, concerns remain about the potential use of smaller arms, including automatic rifles, drones, and mortar rounds, which require less training. This situation is clear evidence of the unintended consequences of the U.S. and NATO military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

America Couldn't Forget Palestine

If that wasn't stacking the deck against Israel, then this surely has. The U.S. administration had been pushing for significant financial aid to Palestine, a move that had the potential to provide indirect support for terrorist organizations, particularly Hamas, which Iran backs. Documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, suggest that the Biden administration was aware of the risks associated with providing aid to Palestine. State Department officials expressed concerns in private communications about the possibility of Hamas benefiting from U.S. assistance.

The Risk of Aiding Hamas

The draft sanctions exemption request from the State Department acknowledged a "high risk" that Hamas could derive indirect benefits from U.S. assistance to Gaza. Despite this risk, the administration believed it was in the national security interest of the United States to provide assistance in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Taylor Force Act and Palestinian Payments

Another aspect of concern is the Taylor Force Act, a bipartisan law that bars the United States from awarding funds to the Palestinian government as long as it continues to pay salaries to imprisoned terrorists and their families—a practice known as "pay to slay." The State Department's non-public 2022 report to Congress revealed that the Palestinian government continued these payments. Now, it should be for the American people to decide about the appropriateness of providing aid to a government that supports terrorism directly or indirectly.

Final Thoughts

The allocation of funds by the U.S. government has been a topic of intense debate, particularly in light of the ongoing conflicts and security challenges faced by Israel and the questionable distribution of aid to Palestine. The United States has long been seen as a staunch ally of Israel, committed to ensuring its security and well-being. However, recent actions and decisions have caused doubt and concern among those who believe that American foreign policy should prioritize its allies and combat terrorism consistently.

As global conflicts and tensions continue to evolve, it is about time for the U.S. government to reassess its use of resources and ensure that its actions align with its stated values and priorities. The current situation should demand a reevaluation of the U.S.'s role in the world and the consistency of its foreign policy objectives. It's time for the U.S. to reign it in a little bit. We are doing too much of something we don't need to be doing, and at the same time, we're not doing enough where we should be doing more. Get it together, America!

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