U.S. Spent $1,010,354,195 on Syrian Humanitarian Aid 2012-2013
By Wynton Hall | September 8, 2013
U.S. taxpayers have spent at least $1,010,354,195 on Syrian humanitarian aid for fiscal years 2012 and 2013, according to official numbers from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)…
Last month, President Barack Obama pledged $195 million in additional humanitarian support to Syrians affected by the country’s civil war, tipping U.S. taxpayer spending over the $1 billion threshold.
That we know about.
"To help the many Syrians in need this Eid al-Fitr, the United States is providing an additional $195 million in food aid and other humanitarian aid, bringing our humanitarian contribution to the Syrian people to over $1 billion since the crisis began," Obama said in a White House statement. "For millions of Americans, Eid is part of a great tapestry of America’s many traditions, and I wish all Muslims a blessed and joyful celebration. Eid Mubarak."
Meanwhile, we didn’t get anything for Eid. Again.
The United States is the largest contributor of Syrian humanitarian aid.
Which, of course, makes perfect sense. After all, they are a very close ally. And there aren’t any countries in the region that have any money for aid.
However, Syrians embroiled in the current conflict say U.S. taxpayer-funded aid is insufficient and not reaching those most in need in the opposition-held north.
And never mind that the north is in the complete control of Al Qaeda. We shouldn’t be so damn stingy. We don’t want to have to fight terrorists who are suffering from hunger pangs.
"The vast majority of aid is going to territory controlled by President Bashar al-Assad, and the small amount reaching opposition-held areas is all but invisible," the New York Times reported…
The Times is always looking out for its friends.