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With an insider's knowledge, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Tacoma, recently told me that no matter who wins the White House, the United States will dramatically change how and to whom it bestows billions in foreign aid each year.
Smith is a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee and chairman of the House Armed Services terrorism subcommittee. He ought to know.
The typical path of our foreign aid has been as straightforward as the alphabet. Development and humanitarian assistance led to public goodwill or influence. Another route involved our military. See Iraq for further details.