Billions In U.S. Aid Haven’t Bought Peace In The Middle East (GRAPHIC

Over the last six decades, the U.S. has invested $299 billion in military and economic aid for Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries currently in turmoil. Egypt tops a list of ten nations, receiving $114 billion since the end of World War II. Iraq comes in second, getting nearly $60 billion from the U.S. (over and above war costs).

Far outpacing those ten countries is Israel, an ally that received another $185 billion in U.S. aid in the same period. Its close neighbor Syria is near the low end of the aid spectrum, but is certainly taking center stage in world affairs today.

What did all that money buy the U.S.? Neither regional stability nor automatic support.

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  1. Egypt for instance received surplus wheat. The money would have been better spent to promote Egyptian agriculture, but of course it was the US farmers that needed to benefit.

  2. Regarding aid to Israel: There is more to it than these figures show. As Robert Fisk wrote in one of his books, where he proved for instance that military equipment left over from the first Gulf war was unloaded in Israel – not accounted for in any statistics.

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