Thursday, January 19, 2006

Shock: Bush Wants Gov't Agency to Help Win War

The Bush administration on Thursday appointed Randall Tobias, a retired pharmaceuticals executive, to the powerful new position of director of foreign assistance, in a move officials said would subordinate US overseas aid programmes to the broader policy objectives of government....

[D]evelopment organisations are concerned that USAID, created by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, will lose its independence and that development assistance will become hijacked by a short-term political agenda driven by the “war on terror”....

Two senior State Department officials, explaining the reorganisation, denied that USAID was being “merged” into the department, as critics fear. The two agencies were becoming “aligned”, they said, and the move had the support of Mr Natsios.

USAID website: "USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State."

1 Comments:

Anonymous Moonbat_One said...

I thought USAID was essentially an unoffical branch of the CIA. My friend's dad is a CIA agent, or at least closely affiliated with them (he's an expert in newly independent, ex-Soviet republics, does a lot of academic work overseas and teaches political science) and he's often employed by both USAID and the CIA.

The State Department bureaucrats' bleatings about the tainting of USAID seem a little silly, especially since embassies are often the HQ for CIA operations in their host countries. Does the State Department ever moan about that?

January 19, 2006 5:05 PM  

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