posted on Mar, 20 2014 @ 01:21 PM
What Did We Get for Our $5 Billion?
Ukraine: Follow the Money www.informationclearinghouse.info...
"The number is being tossed around that the United States
has spent somewhere in the region of $5 billion dollars in the Ukraine since 1992—exact amounts and exact dates are vague but the USG hasn’t seen
fit to deny the reports— most on ‘democracy promotion’.* This does not include any black budget funds—secret spook money–spent in Ukraine
which funding is apt to be sizeable lately. Exactly how that money has been spent can’t be said from the information given, but judging from such
records as exist most of it has been spent on electoral politics type things, the orange and now brown revolutions, and if you looked at how American
political campaigns spend money you’d have a pretty good idea of how the money has been spent. The money gets given to politicians and spent by
them on PR and parties. There is nothing left to show for all the money spent on a political campaign—the money doesn’t stick around and leave
anything behind. Same has to be true of our $5 billion in the Ukraine—the Ukrainians will have no schools, no highways, no power plants and
electric lines, no educated professionals, nothing for all that money.
On the other hand, this country has been at war in Afghanistan since 2002. Afghanistan is one of the three or four poorest countries in the entire
world, and needs everything rebuilt or replaced from almost four decades of continuous war. It has been universally acknowledged that part of our war
effort in that country is to provide aid and reconstructive funds to where our opponents the Taliban lose popular support and that this aid is a
critical component of our war effort. It is also universally acknowledged that aid is cheaper than US military forces—a common statistic is that it
costs $1.5 million per year to station a GI in Afghanistan. Greg Mortenson** claims to be able to build a school for $50,000 in Afghanistan. One
GI-year equals 30 schools built, and we have tens of thousands of GI’s there every year. You can take the preceding statistics with the appropriate
amount of salt, but you can’t dispute Afghanistan’s dire poverty and need. That’s obvious. Seems equally obvious that if we are at war in that
country, between our moral obligations to assist the folks in that country hurt by our war there combined with the strategic necessity for aiding
those folks in that country we would be spending some fair amount of aid assistance change in that country.
Numbers say otherwise. Nonmilitary aid and assistance to Afghanistan, by all US agencies was:
FY 2002–$708 million
FY 2003–$556 million
FY 2004—$1254 million
FY 2005—$1534 million
FY 2006—$845 million
FY 2007–$1603 million
FY 2008–$1893 million
FY 2009–$2298 million
FY 2010—$3519 million"