The United States' Foreign Aid to Developing Countries: A Research Report

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Introduction The United States is a land of enormous bounty, freedom, and opportunity. It is the world's richest and most powerful nation. It is also an unusually altruistic nation, founded on the ideas of the Enlightenment: equality, opportunity, and universal-brotherhood. The U.S. is currently the world's leader in foreign aid to developing countries. It gives foreign aid to such countries in order to promote political stability and economic prosperity, a natural interest for any global hegemon. This aid comes in the form of money, food, humanitarian work, and military assistance. The countries who receive the foreign aid certainly need assistance, but do not always use the aid wisely. Now that our country is undergoing serious fiscal deficits, the nation's costly foreign aid commitments must be reexamined. Thesis: The U.S. should stop giving foreign aid because the original purpose of foreign aid, to stop the threat of Communism, has expired. Foreign aid given for economic development, though admirable, cannot be justified, considering its past failures along with the unprecedented financial difficulties facing our country Argument One: Foreign Aid for National Security is No Longer Needed Following World War II, which devastated most of the industrialized economies in the world, the U.S. exhibited its altruism by helping to rebuild war-torn Europe through the Marshall Plan. The Marshall Plan, however, was motivated by self-interest as well as altruism. The State
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