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Due to the soaring prices of food, especially wheat, corn, rice and other cereals, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is drafting plans to reduce the number of nations receiving food aid as well as the amount of food supplied.
Please allow me to intrpret the Administrations words, in plain English.
Due to the price of the War in Iraq and the graft being paid to officials in Pakastan, Iraq, and various other shady dealings that are going on under the cover of “state secrets”, we will be unable to continue sending food to starving people in other countries. Our greed is such that the rising cost of food is cutting into our personal profits, and that will never do!
From the Washington Post:
USAID officials said that a 41 percent surge in prices for wheat, corn, rice and other cereals over the past six months has generated a $120 million budget shortfall that will force the agency to reduce emergency operations. That deficit is projected to rise to $200 million by year’s end. Prices have skyrocketed as more grains go to biofuel production or are consumed by such fast-emerging markets as China and India.
Officials said they were reviewing all of the agency’s emergency programs — which target almost 40 countries and zones including Ethiopia, Iraq, Somalia, Honduras and Sudan’s Darfur region — to decide how and where the cuts will be made.
Once again, as usual, the Republicans have decided that making personal profits is far more important than the lives of people who are less fortunate than themselves. No matter if those people are here in this country, in places such as New Orleans or whether they are in countries with populations of brown people elsewhere, profits are just too important to worry about death and famine.
“We’re in the process now of going country by country and analyzing the commodity price increase on each country,” said Jeff Borns, director of USAID’s Food for Peace, the organization’s food aid arm. “Then we’re going to have to prioritize.”
The reductions, international relief agencies say, will seriously complicate already strained efforts to combat global hunger, particularly in Africa, Central Asia and Latin America. Poor countries in those regions are struggling to cope with record food price surges, which have made it difficult for aid groups to sustain their operations in some countries.
The cuts will likely have a direct impact on major USAID partners, including aid groups and the United Nations World Food Program, the largest international provider, which counts on U.S. food aid for 40 percent of its distribution.
Let me surmise.
War in Iraq for oil and profit – priceless. Personal profits for the 1% of Americans that own 90% of America – priceless. Humanitarian aid – is for suckers.
Your tax dollars at work. Or something.