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Our American friends offer us money, arms, and advice. We take the money, we take the arms, and we decline the advice. Moshe Dayan
The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes. Stanley Kubrick
Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery. Edward Gibbon
Global poverty is falling faster today than at any time in human history. Steven Radelet
Development is a lot cheaper than soldiers. Robert M. Gates
... advancing against disease, hunger and poverty ... are ... the moral purpose of American influence. George W. Bush
Something must be done; anything must be done, whether it works or not.. Bob Geldof
Just do something. New York Times
We must embark on a bold new program for ... the improvement and growth of undeveloped areas. More than half the people of the world are living in conditions approaching misery .... For the first time in history, humanity possesses the knowledge and skill to relieve the suffering of these people. Harry S Truman
After WWII .... the West exchanged the old racist coinage for new currency. "Uncivilized" became "underdeveloped". "Savage people" became the "third world". There was a genuine change of heart away from racism and toward respect for equality, but a paternalistic and coercive strain survived. William Easterly
Development donors ... put a positive spin on awful recipient governments by asserting that while things are bad, they are getting better. William Easterly
"Post-conflict reconstruction" means you have to do deals with even worse gangsters than under peacetime conditions. And what incentives does it create to give aid money to the men of violence in post-conflict societies many of whom committed war crimes, while shunning peaceful democratic politicians? William Easterly
We should be tough on a bureaucracy that fails to turn aid money into critical services for the poor. William Easterly
We should stop giving aid to countries that hate us.. Rand Paul
If you don't have the ability to work with local authorities, and confront corruption and tribal issues, then you'll fail. Nir Kalron
The mistake we make with many people is that we assume that we have the model. It is a type of condescension. Henry A. Kissinger
For every effort we make to assist someone beyond our own borders, we take something away from our own George F. Kennan
When you play blackmail, you are asking for more blackmail. Richard Perle
I am concerned about Africa. You can’t have 600 million people of one identifiable ethnicity going backwards and the rest of the world going forwards. Paul Wolfowitz
After all our experience we are sure that America is the only country able to help us. Kemal Ataturk
We seek to move from aid to trade. Francis Ricciardone
At the present time we are keeping our military expenditures below the…minimum which would in themselves ensure national security. By doing so we are able to increase our expenditures to assist in European recovery. James Forrestal
An entire content of children growing up without any prospect but poverty. Bob Geldof
Countries with high levels of atheism also are the most charitable in terms of giving foreign aid to the developing world. The dubious link between Christian literalism and Christian values is also belied by other indices of charity. Sam Harris
The people are starving. They need food; they need medicine; they need education. They do not need a skyscraper to house the ruling party and a 24-hour TV station. Wangari Maathai
What must a poor nation do when its very sustenance depends on the remains and bits that the nations gracefully throw them, once they have had their fill…. Our planet is rich enough to provide for all of us, so why this tragic war for life which has been clouding our lives for generations? Yehuda Ashlag
Take up the White Man's burden— In patience to abide, To veil the threat of terror And check the show of pride; By open speech and simple, An hundred times made plain, To seek another's profit And work another's gain. Take up the White Man's burden— The savage wars of peace— Fill All the mouth of Famine, And bid the sickness cease. Rudyard Kipling
In Foreign aid, Planners announce good intentions but don’t motivate anyone to carry them out; Searchers find things that work and get some reward. Planners raise expectations but take no responsibility for meeting them; Searchers accept responsibility for their actions. Planners determine what to supply; Searchers find out what is in demand. Planners provide global blueprints; Searchers adapt to local conditions. Planners at the top lack knowledge of the bottom; Searchers find out what the reality is at the bottom. Planners never find whether the planned got what it needed; Searchers find out if the customer is satisfied. William Easterly
If your enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink Book of Proverbs; Solomon
America has saved the world most of the time, but messed it up a couple of times. Sarah Vowell
If you put too much aid too quickly into weak institutions, you have corruption and failure. Andrew Natsios
We’ve spent trillions of dollars on these problems and we have damn near nothing to show for it. Paul O'Neill
In general the principle of the World Trade Organization … is that sovereignty and democratic rights have to be subordinated to the rights of investors Noam Chomsky
The arming of a government can really only be done by another government. To be really effective, aid must be governmental. Leon Blum
Never give less to your ally than your opponent is giving to that ally. James Humes
I support Al-Qaeda when it kills Americans. Hamadein Sabahi
Will I lose any aid if I talk? Jose Napoleon Duarte
We cannot play with the lives of our own staff beyond a certain limit. Our people in the field are increasingly desperate. Jan Egeland
I ask the Congress not to take any action which would in any way hamper or delay the delivery of American-made planes to foreign nations which have ordered them or seek to purchase more planes. That, from the point of view of our own national defense, would be extremely short-sighted. Our immediate problem is to superimpose on this productive capacity a greatly increased additional productive capacity. Franklin D. Roosevelt
To release to Great Britain additional war material now in the hands of the armed forces will seriously weaken our present state of defense and will not materially assist the British forces. Joint Chiefs of Staff
You help us pay for the war we’ll fight; we’ll launch it while you’re asleep at night. We don’t need friends all around the world; We’ll buy our friends with our flag unfurled, And spread our arms on a global scale To show the world that we still prevail. Oh, we’re not leaders inspiring peace, But we’re in power as the world’s police. So pay your tax for our little war, And we’ll not ask for any more. This year! James H. Boren
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries Douglas Casey
He gives twice who gives promptly. Publius Syrus
Before the war the trade agreements program was an instrument for defense against the epidemic of destructive and demoralizing trade warfare. Today, with the end of the great holocaust finally within sight, this same instrument is transformed into a powerful device for shaping a better world. William L. Clayton
After 43 years and $568 billion in foreign aid to the continent, Africa remains trapped in economic stagnation. William Easterly
All over the globe the U.S. is fighting to protect and develop at least a minority who consume what the U.S. majority can afford. Ivan Illich
Since world demand [for foreign aid] exceeds are ability to supply, we are going to have to concentrate our emergency assistance in areas where it will be most effective. Dean Acheson
He means … to keep his hand under our chin to prevent us from drowning, but not to lift our heads out of the water. John Adams
Whatever the amount may be, it is an obligation we cannot escape. It is a part of the obligation that the rich nations of the world, particularly America, must carry out. Bernard Baruch
More than one billion people in the world live on a dollar a day or less. Nothing keeps them poor more than barriers and subsidies in wealthy countries, which cost the developing world much more than it gets in aid. Samuel R. Berger
Obviously there is not money enough in the world to relieve the suffering of the peoples of the underdeveloped areas, but ... there is, for the first time in history, enough knowledge to do the job. John Bingham
Let it not be said by future historians that in the second decade after World War II freedom throughout the world died of a balanced budget. Chester Bowles
… our great unseen weapon Chester Bowles
It's time to take care of our own. Barbara Boxer
The answer to too much debt is not more debt; it is less debt. William W. Bradley
The developing world is poor. It needs capital. William W. Bradley
We should applaud peristroika but not pay for it. William W. Bradley
Americans don't stay where they're not wanted. McGeorge Bundy
America’s real majority is suffering a minority complex of neglect. They have become the real foes of Negro rights, foreign aid, etc, because … they feel forgotten, at the second table behind the tightly organized smaller groups at either end of the U. S. spectrum. Horace Busby
We shouldn’t be lending money to corrupt officials. We should be guarded in our generosity. George W. Bush
Foreign aid just doesn't have the constituency that domestic programs do. George W. Bush
It's not our business for the United States to sort out the other fellow's economic problems. We've got enough of our own. George W. Bush
The best way to help countries around the world is to help them with trade. Jay Carney
Humanitarian help will never solve any problems. It is necessary to help us create some kind of economic infrastructure. Aleksandr Chikvaidze
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Chinese Proverb
... the most unselfish and unsordid financial act or any country in all history. Winston Churchill
When nations are willing to undertake serious economic reform, we should help them to do it. Bill Clinton
When we aid a country, we must have a minimum in return. Bernard Debre
Foreign Aid is like opium. There are withdrawal pains if you remove it. John Foster Dulles
I'm not so much concerned with the natural bastards as I am with the self-made ones. Robert C. Eckhardt
Aid corrupts. Newt Gingrich
There is one phase of our competition which should be brought under control —competing with each other in fueling the arms race in the Third World.... Most of these countries are desperately poor, and they need economic assistance far more than they need additional arms .... Even thought these are only non-nuclear arms, they are instrumentalities of war, and small wars always have the potential of escalating into nuclear wars. Mikhail Gorbachev
The more money we have to throw around the better off we're going to be. I think this country doesn't understand its power around the world economically—its ability to buy friends. Max Frankel
We would rather starve than sell our national honor. Indira Gandhi
A [foreign] government is to be judged by what it does for people. It is to be assisted or combatted with reference to people, and is to be approached through those people. Ralph E. Flanders
The idea of privatization is nutty .... What do you think has been the predominant system here for the past century. How do they think we got into this mess to begin with. There is nothing more inefficient and corrupt in Honduras than private enterprise. Gautama Fonseca
These [food] surpluses can be made a far more potent means of combating the spread of Communism than the hydrogen bomb. Clifford R. Hope
It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins in his pocket when he has holes in his pockets. Douglas Hurd
God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. Jewish Proverb
I’m new and have 110 countries to deal with and all I’ve got to deal with is a little bit of foreign aid. Lyndon B. Johnson
Leadership involves not so much marching gloriously at the head of a parade as paying quietly for the parade permit and the cleanup afterward. Leading the world means acting not as its Commander-In-Chief but as its concierge. Michael Mandelbaum
He who helps early helps twice. Tadeusz Mazowiecki
We were willing to support almost any scoundrel almost anywhere around the globe provided he was willing to wave an anti-Communist banner. George McGovern
Are we Uncle Sam or Uncle Sucker? George Miller
Let the good ideas seep in, turning the barbarians [Khmer] into civilized people. As for winning the hearts of the people, and teaching them, we plan to do this rather slowly. Minh Mang
Military convicts and ordinary criminals if kept in prison will be useless. Therefore, it would be better for them to be sent to Cambodia and live among the [Khmer] people there, who would benefit from their teaching. Minh Mang
Thanks to my generosity, imperial troops were dispatched to Cambodia, costing millions of coins, and brought you security by destroying the Thai. Our soldiers were stationed among you to bring you peace. This was like bringing the Cambodian [Khmer] people out of the mud and into a warm feather bed, and this is well-known by all …. Anyone who can think for himself should be grateful to my court; why are there people who hate us? Minh Mang
Compassion Fatigue Susan Moeller
I would say as emphatically as I can that private enterprise—local and foreign—must respond if the Alliance [for Progress] is to succeed .... [it] must respond by building the factories, the marketing and the service companies which are the manifestations of mature, developed economies. If the private sector fails, then our own public aid programs will have little effect. Teodoro Moscoso
I believe that a good portion will be in due time be returned, but I am certain that some of it will have to be placed on the profit and loss column of Uncle Sam's books. Let us understand that clearly now and not be deceived later. [He was right.] Fiorello H. La Guardia
You cannot preach self-government and liberty to people in a starving land. Fiorello H. La Guardia
People must help one another. It is nature's law. Pierre Choderlos Laclos
Third World nations will recognize [their] debts only so long as they're able to get them rescheduled and have money lent to them. Richard Lamm
If we do not watch out step, we shall find the White House en route to England with the Washington Monument as a steering oar. Emory Scott Land
If you want our aid, you must call us to your Councils. Wilfrid Laurier
Third world kids are dying today to pay off the debt. James Madison Leach
The third world is important then, because it is made up its human beings, human beings who possess the same nature we do, people who are capable of suffering and desire and, even as we suffer and desire, people who are condemned to a shabby, deprived and disease ridden existence, and these are people for whom we have a moral and religious obligation to care about. Paul Emile Leger
I request that my vote be added in favor of the acceptance of potatoes and arms from the bandits of Anglo-French imperialism. Vladimir Lenin
To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required John F. Kennedy
We keep making the same old mistake in our reconstruction planning. We assume that we can, in a few short weeks, relieve misery that goes back for years. Hans Koschnick
At last I have won the Spanish war. Francisco Franco
I think proper to take notice, that a Nation must look upon a foreign Debt, as part of its All; which, tough negative, acts positively on that Nation, and, according to the Rules of this system, as long as both the Confidence and Fear of Strangers keep them in a balance. But when those two Passions fly from their Equilibrium, the Debt acts beyond the Rules, in proportion to the Distance of that Equilibrium, and to the Largeness of the Debt. Thus is an indebted Nation not only obliged to keep those strange Creditors out of its own Labor, but also its Coin and Bullion are ever subject to their Passions and Occasions; they having it in their power, at will, irregularly to turn the Balance. Isaac Gervaise
It is sometimes a very grave question when and how far one nation has a right to assist the subjects of another, who have revolted, and implored that assistance. It is said (a) that assistance may be afforded, consistently with the law of nations, in extreme cases, as when rulers have violated the principles of the social compact, and given just cause to their subjects to consider themselves discharged from their allegiance James Kent
If King Hussein appealed to us for aid and protection, we should be obliged to send American soldiers to Arabia … in order to protect his independence against the assaults of the Wahabis. Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
We have made a mistake. You have been right all along. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Mr. President. We can’t be certain our recommended plan to assist Mexico will work, and if it doesn’t, it may cost you your Presidency. Robert E. Rubin
No community ever did or ever can emerge unassisted by external helps from a state of utter barbarism into anything that can be called civilization Richard Whately
Your action means that the U.S. government will control what non-governmental recipients of U.S. international family planning assistance do and say with their own funds. You have imposed on the poorest women of the world a halt to information that women in the United States are guaranteed. Jim Winkler
Africa does not need more exhortations. She needs support in strengthening her structures. She needs concrete resources with which to pursue her course of action. Jakaya Kikwete
For too long it was assumed that you could completely separate out flows of money from responsibilities and accountabilities in service delivery. This flawed assumption is central to understanding many of the failures. Lant Prichett
Security and peace are not cheap. Bill Clinton
A lifeline to sinking men. Ernest Bevin
Produced with the assistance of The Marshall Plan. Anonymous
In our vision for a new Europe, Democratic Russia will be a full partner….We can make Germany’s Eastern border what its Western boarder has been—a gateway and not a barrier. Warren Christopher
Germany is the united heart of an ever increasingly united continent. Warren Christopher
No organization has ever been more effective at preventing conflict than NATO. Warren Christopher
Sweden did not take part in WWII. We stayed out. None the less we received 120 million dollars in Marshall Plan aid. Henrik Liljegren
There were severe and highly influential critics of the Marshall plan. They called it a ‘boondoggle,’ a ‘waste’ and a ‘giveaway.’ This costly program had to be sustained. Waldemar Neilson
The Russians saw the Marshall Plan as inimical; to their strategic interest in Europe if it worked. They galvanized all the communist parties in the world to oppose it. Waldemar Neilson
We are the only country that can provide world leadership, but we have to have the support of the American people to do it. Robert E. Rubin
The ultimate benefit of trade is not the generating of economic surpluses but the more efficient allocation of economic resources. Robert E. Rubin
I must confess to the most profound distrust of Russia. I have no belief whatever in her ability to maintain an effective offensive, even if she wanted to. Neville Chamberlain
We have a lot of poverty and a great deal of money coming into the country. This is a recipe for corruption. We have just prosecuted high government officials for corruption for the first time in Afghan history. Hamid Karzai
They didn’t consult us. They didn’t consult us. The decision belongs to us They didn’t consult us. Anonymous
Russian international weakness was largely due to failures of Russian economic reforms, which made Russia extremely vulnerable, extremely dependent on foreign financial aid Alexey Arbatov
Being a great power is very expensive. Robert D. Kaplan
The moment approaches when we shall no longer be able to pay cash for shipping and other supplies.... I believe that von will agree that it would be wrong in principle and mutually disadvantageous in effect, if at the height of this struggle, Great Britain were to be divested of all saleable assets so that after victory was won with our blood, civilization saved, and time gained for the United States to be fully armed against all eventualities, we should stand stripped to the bone. Such a course would not be in the moral or economic interests of either of our countries.... You may be assured that we shall prove ourselves ready to suffer and sacrifice to the utmost for the Cause, and that we glory in being its champion. The rest we leave to you and to your people, being sure that ways and means will be found which future generations on both sides of the Atlantic will approve and admire. Winston Churchill
Our intention is, whatever happens, to fight on to the end in this Island and, provided we can get the help for which we ask, we hope to run them very close in the air battles in view of individual superiority.... In no conceivable circumstances will we consent to surrender. If members of the present administration were finished and others came in to parley amid the ruins, you must not be blind to the fact that the sole remaining bargaining counter with Germany would be the fleet, and if this country was left by the United States to its fate no one would have the right to blame those responsible if they made the best terms they could for the surviving inhabitants. Excuse me, Mr. President, putting this nightmare bluntly. Evidently I could not answer for my successors who in utter despair and helplessness might well have to accommodate themselves to the German will. However, there is happily no need at present to dwell upon such ideas. Winston Churchill
If you don’t want our aid, you don’t have to take it. Hillary Clinton
At some point, people have to come out of the penalty box for the things they have done in the past. Charles Wald
If you don’t want our aid, you don’t have to take it. Hillary Clinton
We did receive a large amount of aid. Unfortunately, there's not much to show for it. The infrastructure has been depleted.... We would like to see that this time aid can be used honestly. Benazir Bhutto
The dictators play the United States like a fiddle and get away with it Benazir Bhutto
After World War II, the United States became the world’s undisputed leader, first by providing markets for the recovering European and Asian economies but also by offering international security. Victor D. Cha
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We have to live with the world that we helped to create. Hillary Clinton
We're told that the Arabs loathe us. Really? For liberating the Iraqis? For subsidizing the lifestyles of people in Egypt and Jordan, to name but two, for giving them vast amounts of aid? For providing them with science, medicine, technology and all the other benefits of the West? Arabs should go down on their knees and thank God for the munificence of the United States. Robert Kilroy-Silk
Why send money abroad that we all admit we need here at home? Why sacrifice the interests of this country for the benefit of Wall Street? William Randolph Hearst
The whole world and every human being in it is everybody's business William Saroyan
Your home town is not where you are from. It is what you are. Arnold Palmer
Dollar Diplomacy Theodore Roosevelt
We do not need Pakistan to win our war in Afghanistan, but as long as we say that we do, the Pakistanis will play us like a bad fiddle. Allen West
Taking Mesopotamia... means spending millions in irrigation and development Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
Businessmen will not readily venture where governmental protection is doubtful. If they incur large risks they demand large profits, and if you promise these, you cannot easily advance or strengthen the nation you wish to develop or aid. Nahun Capen
You don’t produce development through aid; you produce it through private investment which creates jobs. Andrew Natsios
The primary task of developing countries is to develop the economy and eradicate poverty. Without economic growth, there would be no material basis for a better life or better environment for the people. But economic growth must not be achieved at the cost of environment or resources. In the absence of proper resource and environmental protection, there could be no sustainable economic development. Zhu Rongji
The overriding purpose of foreign assistance must be genuine development, not the assuaging of Western guilt or the care and feeding of the massive network of career professionals, non-profit organizations and private sector companies that constitute the global aid industry. Larry Diamond
Whenever we had a serious question to decide, we had a conference with the groups involved. Walter L. Bell
The American Relief Administration is now feeding about 800,000 children in Russia, plus 300,000 in the Ukraine …. However, both of these programs must be increased, beginning January, for a period of five months. The average need from September to June, inclusive, will be about 1,000,000 children in Russia plus 300,000 in the Ukraine…. it is estimated that in January 600,000 of the adult population will be short of food on the Volga and 400,000 in South Ukraine will face starvation. It is estimated that an average of 1,000,000 adult rations for five months would prevent this starvation. I believe the Russian Government will be unable to handle the situation, despite early optimism. The situation of the needy will be worse this year because they have less personal possessions to exchange for food. The intelligentsia will be particularly in need. Clothing is more necessary this year than last. Our medical resources are sufficient. William N. Haskell
The negotiations required here make the Paris Peace talks seem like a polite school conference. Walter L. Bell
It is impossible to describe the suffering and misery on every side. The only food was a mixture of treebark, roots and clay. Walter L. Bell
How are we going to make the people of the United States realize that if they want peace in the future they must make the sacrifices that are required to bring about economic improvement in a great many countries? Eleanor Roosevelt
I wonder if these gentlemen have stopped to think how we would feel if we differed with another nation and needed help on humanitarian grounds and our political differences of opinion were used against us when we were begging to keep our people from starvation. Eleanor Roosevelt
it’s no longer doing things to people. It’s not even doing things for people. It’s doing things with people. Judith Rodin
Support for Israel is not only crucial for the United States but for the West. Joao Espada
You cannot understand a man’s work by what he has accomplished but by what he has overcome in accomplishing it. Victoria Woodhull; Immanuel
Europe today is hungry. I am not talking about Germans. I am talking about the people of the countries which were overrun and devastated by the Germans, and particularly about the people of Western Europe. Many of them lack clothes and fuel and tools and shelter and raw materials. They lack the means to restore their cities and their factories. As the winter comes on, the distress will increase. Unless we do what we can to help, we may lose next winter what we won at such terrible cost last spring. Desperate men are liable to destroy the structure of their society to find in the wreckage some substitute for hope. If we let Europe go cold and hungry, we may lose some of the foundations of order on which the hope for worldwide peace must rest. We must help to the limits of our strength. And we will. Harry S Truman
In democratic ages men rarely sacrifice themselves for another, but they show a general compassion for all the human race. One never sees them inflict pointless suffering, and they are glad to relieve the sorrows of others when they can do so without much trouble to themselves. They are not disinterested, but they are gentle. Alexis de Tocqueville
Comrade Khrushchev often repeats that Socialism cannot be built with American wheat. I think it can be done by anyone who knows how to do it, while a person who doesn't know how to do it cannot build Socialism even with his own wheat. Khrushchev says we live on charity received from the imperialist countries ... What moral right have those who attack us to rebuke us about American aid or credits when Khrushchev himself has just tried to conclude an economic agreement with America? Josip Broz Tito
Corruption is a problem in almost all developing countries. Robert M. Gates
Heavy vehicles and equipment from donor funded infrastructure projects are occasionally diverted for the use of the Army, especially during times of major military offensives Muttukrishna Sarvananthan
The declining security of African peoples as a consequence of warfare, predatory officials, and weak economies should not be eclipsed in the international community's pursuit of anti-terrorism campaigns. Richard Joseph
The best plan is to have no plan. William Easterly
I'm sickened by the way that the delivery of so-called humanitarian aid is once again being used as a justification — or cover — for war. Susan Sontag
All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind. Adam Smith
Some will not look on suffering because it creates responsibility. Fulton J. Sheen
What kind of development is it when the people lead shorter lives than before? They catch HIV/AIDS. Our children are beaten in school and won't go. Some become prostitutes. They are not allowed to hunt. They fight because they are bored and get drunk. They are starting to commit suicide. We never saw that before. Is this "development Roy Sesana
I am in favor of helping the prosperity of all countries because, when we are all prosperous, the trade of each becomes more valuable to the other. William Howard Taft
When we rely on others to finance our foreign policy, we put it at risk. Lee H. Hamilton
The Times and the Guardian accuse us of operating a police-state. The BBC Persian programme has made similar allegations, saying that countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia should be denied access to Western military technology. What are the bloody fools on about? Do they seriously regard Iraq, or Algeria, or Libya as liberal regimes?. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
The first law of disaster relief could well read: every political decision has humanitarian consequences, and every humanitarian program has political implications. Richard Holbrooke
America has a genius for great unselfish deeds, and into the hands of America, God has placed an afflicted mankind. Pius XII
In numbers there is strength, and we in America must help the women of the world. Eleanor Roosevelt
Behavior change is critical. While we’re working upstream, developing solutions, we’ve got to be thinking of delivery: How should we develop and deliver those solutions so that they will be adopted. Melinda Gates
Can You Fight Poverty With A Five-Star Hotel? Foreign Policy Magazine
Our primary objective in Latin America is to aid whenever necessary, the continual growth of the military and paramilitary forces, so that together with the police and other security forces, they may provide the necessary internal security. Robert McNamara
The best return on our investment in military aid probably comes from the training of selected army officers …. They are the leaders of the future … I don’t need to dwell on the value of having people in positions of power who have a first hand knowledge of how we think and act here in the United States. Robert McNamara
Americans do not recognize the effect of American power in the world. … People all over the world ask, “Why can’t Americans see how American power affects us?” Kishore Mahbubani
I have gold for my friends, and iron for my enemies Attila
The peoples of the economically backward countries are poorer than the Americans because their countries lack a sufficient number of successful capitalists and entrepreneurs. Ludwig von Mises
We need an equity plan for technology in general. Paul Farmer
Why can we find emergency funds for every other country? Why can't we find emergency funds for our own country? Robert Byrd
Foreign aid ... has never been popular with the American people, but every President has regarded it as essential. David Broder
… all governments have the moral duty to do everything possible to ensure humanitarian assistance to those suffering because of … conflict, both within and beyond the country’s borders. Pope Francis I
The United States has essentially outsourced its strategy to Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), funneling billions of dollars and military equipment to rabidly anti-American military officers and their jihadist proxies. The result … is that the United States has been continuously hoodwinked as Pakistan has taken the money for nothing in return. Peter Tomsen
In doing their work, they [NGOs -- Non-governmental organizations] often end up undermining the government. They hire away its best people, and more fundamentally, their prominence teaches citizens to look to them for service rather than to pressure the government to provide them. This tension between wanting to replace an ineffective state and trying not to undermine it further is a common one faced by outside actors… Paul Farmer
59 percent of the grain allotted for public distribution to the poor in India does not reach its intended recipients ; instead, it is siphoned off by middlemen and crooked Government officials and then sold on the Black Market. World Bank
Washington has dedicated past global health initiatives to delivering food, drugs, and other health technologies to the world’s poor. In doing so, it has been able to achieve progress even in countries with dysfunctional governments. But it cannot enforce the regulations on smoke-free public places, food and drug safety, urban sanitation, and road traffic that are now needed in such settings. Accordingly, the fundamental challenge in this new area of global health is not necessarily new medicine but better governance. Thomas J. Bollyky
The Secretary General has endorsed a propaganda exercise for international finance institutions whose policies are widely held to be at the root of many of the most grave social problems facing the poor all over the world. Konrad Raiser
England has excellent chances of pulling through, but to do so they would need American assistance. William J. Donovan
If the situation persists, the secretary of state may find himself required by law to place Pakistan in the U.S. Government state sponsors of terrorism list…. You must take concrete steps to curtail assistance to militants and not allow their training camps to operate in Pakistan or Azad Kashmir. Nicholas Platt
Why don’t you ask us to grant you bases? Muhammad Zia ul-Haq
Why do we give money to people who hate us? Rand Paul
Foreign aid does not go to foreign people. Foreign aid goes to foreign despots and dictators. Rand Paul
Failed states are mainly a threat to their own inhabitants. We should help them anyway. Stewart Patrick
We send billions of taxpayer dollars abroad and what do we get in return? Disrespect, disdain, and ultimately violence. Rand Paul
Food is a weapon. Food is a ... tool in the kit of American diplomacy. Earl Butz
I’ve never listened to a speech with a greater sense of approval. John Kenneth Galbraith
There is a dismal record of failure in Africa on the part of the developed world that shocks and shames our civilization. Tony Blair
There's nothing like spending other peoples’ money Munir Butt
China has established friendship with many African countries, and is opening itself up to Africa and providing assistance. It is cooperating with African countries on an equal basis and has no desire to colonize Africa. Wen Jiabao
You say that you are Christian. If you are really Christian, please stop sending military aid to the military here [El Salvador], because they use it only to kill my people. Oscar Romero
The Alliance for Progress is an alliance between one millionaire and many beggars. Fidel Castro
It is enlightened selfishness to build up the ability of other nations to a higher standard of living. We thus produce wider markets for ourselves as well as the rest of the world Eleanor Roosevelt
As long as I live here, I shall be defending my country, my Arab colleagues, anyone in the area against any foreign interference. For that I am asking for arms for my country and for my colleagues in the Arab world. Anwar Sadat
The Persian Government more than a year ago sought the aid of American experts in the reorganization of their finances. While this Government could not assume any responsibility in this matter, it was glad that the services of competent American citizens could be secured, and a financial mission accordingly proceeded to Persia and for the past year has been rendering important expert aid. Charles Evans Hughes
Non-recognition of the Soviet Government indicates no lack of sympathy for Russia, nor of appreciation of the fine qualities of the Russian people …. We earnestly hope for a reborn democratic Russia to which we can lend assistance without stint. Theodore E. Burton
...the concentration of human beings in towns...is contrary to nature, and...this abnormal existence is bound to issue in suffering, deterioration, and gradual destruction to the mass of the population...countless thousands of our fellow-men, and still a larger number of children...are starved of air and space and sunshine. ...This view of city life, which is gradually coming home to the heart and understanding and the conscience of our people, is so terrible that it cannot be put away. What is all our wealth and learning and the fine flower of our civilization and our Constitution and our political theories – what are all these but dust and ashes, if the men and women, on whose labour the whole social fabric is maintained, are doomed to live and die in darkness and misery in the recesses of our great cities? We may undertake expeditions on behalf of oppressed tribes and races, we may conduct foreign missions, we may sympathize with the cause of unfortunate nationalities; but it is our own people, surely, who have the first claim upon us...the air must be purified...the sunshine must be allowed to stream in, the water and the food must be kept pure and unadulterated, the streets light and clean...the measure of your success in bringing these things to pass will be the measure of the arresting of the terrible powers of race degeneration which is going on in the countless sunless streets. Henry Campbell-Bannerman
The United States … has never been isolated, never can be isolated, and has no desire to be isolated. The people of the United States are not only ready but willing and desirous to help their fellow-men, especially those of western civilization, in any way that is possible. Henry Cabot Lodge
Foreign policy debates are frequently segregated from domestic policy ones, so commentators who propose increasing the defense budget or sending more foreign aid are seldom asked to explain which domestic programs they’d cut or which taxes they’d raise, in order to find the money. Peter Beinart
Until it’s a government worth supporting, I don’t think we should support it. Peter Mansoor
Every American policy now should be generous as well as just. Charles W. Eliot
Retrenchment president’s often like covert action. It’s cheaper. It’s secret. Stephen Sestanovich
That's where all the foreign aid (which might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries) went as well. The U.S. government still squanders about $20 billion a year this way, and European governments spend proportionally even more; it's all gone straight down a giant rat hole. Doug Casey
Both Albania and China hold that the relations between socialist countries are international relations of a new type. Relations between socialist countries, big or small, economically more developed or less developed, must be based on the principles of complete equality, respect for territorial sovereignty and independence, and non-interference in each other's internal affairs, and must also be based on the principles of mutual assistance in accordance with proletarian internationalism. It is necessary to oppose great-nation chauvinism and national egoism in relations between socialist countries. It is absolutely impermissible to impose the will of one country upon another, or to impair the independence, sovereignty and interests of the people, of a fraternal country on the pretext of 'aid' or 'international division of labor.' China
Any steps that might be taken to compensate for the negligence of today might well be too late.. Mohammad Mosaddegh
We don’t tell others how to run their countries. Henry A. Kissinger
The fundamental question for the United States is how it can cooperate to help meet the basic needs of the people of the hemisphere despite the philosophical disagreements it may have with the nature of particular regimes. It must seek pragmatic ways to help people without necessarily embracing their governments. Nelson A. Rockefeller
America cannot be the world's policeman. But we must reject the new isolationism that says: don't help anywhere, because we cannot help everywhere. Al Gore
There is one thing that I have learned about Economic Development—that it has to do with a lot more than economics. W. Averell Harriman
Economic assistance is one of the most effective weapons at our disposal to influence European political events in the direction we desire. W. Averell Harriman
Companies like yours have got to do business with Japan [because] that country must be economically sound. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Governments must act and private citizens cooperate urgently through voluntary means to secure this right [of birth control programs] for all people. Failure would limit the expectation of future generations to abject poverty and suffering and bring down upon us history's condemnation. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I am anxious to help Chiang Kai-shek… I hope you can invent some way of doing this. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The typical American-funded [foreign aid] project has American contractors who take, between overheads back home and in-the-area administrative fees, 35 to 50 percent. It used to be, by the way, that every developed country did this, but America is about the only one still doing it. And I’ve been trying to break it for a long time …. I hope I don’t have to be buried knowing that we’re still the only rich country in the world that gives this … percentage of foreign-aid money to our own people. Bill Clinton
The Playground of Foreign Aid Experimentation: From 2006 to 2011, development aid from countries and multilateral organizations amounted to more than $30 billion, with limited results, much of the funds fueling mismanagement and corruption. Jenny Nordberg
The aid system is broken. The international aid system was designed for the 20th century. However, we are in the 21st century. Ashraf Ghani
When the United States comes with resources and ideas, people pay attention. George Schultz
We need to plus-up the budget of the State Department, increase the amount of aid we give, and help the world through this difficult moment. That is the price of leadership. John Kerry
Global elites need to recognize that the masses that they spit on, as they try to change their worlds, are immune to their consultations Gideon Rose
Large-scale corruption persists, with Afghanistan third from the bottom in international rankings, ahead of only Somalia and North Korea. Adjusted for inflation, American spending to reconstruct Afghanistan now exceeds the total expended to rebuild all of Western Europe under the Marshall Plan; yet to have any hope of surviving, the Afghan government will for the foreseeable future remain almost completely dependent on outside support. Andrew J. Bacevich
It may be hard, with bearded rioters filling their televisions, for westerners to see Pakistan as a bride left at the altar. But that is how many Pakistanis view their relationship with the fickle west, and they have good reason to do so. In the 1980s, when Pakistan signed up as America's ally in the west's last war in Afghanistan, the war against the Soviets, Pakistan was rewarded with billions of dollars of military hardware and economic aid. But Pakistan paid a price: heroin flooded our cities, Kalashnikovs became common on our streets and young boys were left trained for jihad instead of university. When the Soviets were defeated, Pakistan did not share in the long-awaited peace dividend. Although the country was making its transition from dictatorship to democracy, aid began to dwindle and the rhetoric of western governments became increasingly unfriendly. Pakistan was left with training camps for religious guerrillas, a mountain of debt, 2m Afghan refugees and little else. Mohsin Hamid