The Obama trip causes me to again wonder whether the cost/benefit ratio of aid to some African countries has a payoff to the average US citizen, as opposed to general economic benefits for market purposes or other strategic opportunities.
I read that we are in competition with China in wooing Africa because of the emerging nature of their economy and the potential market. Question to me is what if we lose the competition? Does that mean no market? So far, I’m in favor of not sending any direct foreign aid and letting China spend our money over there. Maybe we could pretend we care to get them to think we care but why not let them develop the economy and let our businesses compete on their own..without our direct help.
I also have issues with the spending we do on military in Europe and other areas, even Asia. Why don’t we pull back and let Europe spend their funds for defense and build their capacity so they can go on foreign missions to places like Syria, rather than the US?