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America Continues Aid to Foreign Foes in the Name of ‘National Security’

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Palestinian Protest Outside U.S. White House

Presidential Memorandum of February 8, 2013, invokes the waiver of restriction on providing funds to the Palestinian Authority as set forth in “section 7040(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2012 (Division I, Public Law 112-74) … as carried forward by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Public Law 112-175)”.

Section 7040(a) sets out that “[n]one of the funds appropriated by this Act to carry out the provisions of chapter 4 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority.” (see Legislation on Foreign Relations through 2002)
Notwithstanding the Palestinian Authority garnered its own separate paragraph in the Appropriations Act, in what manner is waiving the enumerated obligation and sending funds to the Palestinian Authority a matter of American national security?

The United States has a prior history of supplying weapons and funds to its enemies – Iran-Contra Affair – but with the events of September 11, 2001 came a heightened awareness by the people as to whom the foreign friends and foes of America are.

Common sense would dictate that a matter of national security interest for any country would be to discern who your friends and enemies are and ensure that you are not aiding the enemy. The Constitution of the United States declares that giving aid to an enemy is an act of treason. [Article III section 3]. Federal law expands on the Constitution only in adding that anyone who gives the enemy “aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason”. [USC at 18 U.S.C. § 2381].

Defining one’s enemies as opposed to who one’s friends are seems to be easier for the people than it does its elected officials of the United States.

Countries such as Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, at one point Afghanistan who stated it would side with Pakistan if war broke out between the U.S. and Pakistan, and even the Palestinian Authority, have all announced their disdain for America, to name a few. Yet America sends foreign funds and/or military supplies to these countries because they are not ‘officially’ denoted as America’s enemies.

Even though a report comes out accusing top Democrats of ‘engaging’ groups tied to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, stating that providing support for terrorism is not a war crime, appears to leave the U.S. free to clear sale of Lockheed missile defense system to UAE, Qatar. Qatar, not being listed as an enemy combatant nation against the U.S., is however, home to Hamas, which moved its headquarters to Qatar when Syria shuttered Hamas offices in an effort to break with the group.

The U.S. finalizing sales of F-15s to Saudi Arabia doesn’t appear, on the surface, to be anti-American as Saudi Arabia is considered, by the elected officials, to be an ally of the United States. Indeed, Saudi Arabia has lent its hand to the U.S. during two Gulf Wars. As for the people, some consider Saudi Arabia to be a nuisance with regard to America’s oil industry, by driving up the prices.

The biggest question with regard to Saudi Arabia as it pertains to America’s national security, is that there are factions operating inside Saudi Arabia that detest the U.S., and Saudi Arabia resides in the midst of those other countries that wish to see both America and Israel wiped off the map, as was seen during the September 2012 protests.

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Meanwhile, as the people of America are trying to define their friends from their enemies in the Middle East, Russia and China, America’s geopolitical foes, have been collaborating in their military efforts as the Obama administration is deliberating even further cuts to America’s nuclear arsenal.
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Defining the national security interest of the United States and its citizens is a simple matter. However, as President Obama and Congress are enacting public laws with waivers that appropriate funds to foes of the people of the United States, the military is conducting exercises within our cities, our preschool children are being indoctrinated with socialism, the U.S. is boosting its offensive cyber command, and the DOJ is offering up a legal case for drone attacks on American citizens who, as defined by this administration, are considered a threat to national security.
[divider solid] Also see:
West Point – Combating Terrorism Center: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right (.pdf download)

Further Reading:
from the D.C. Clothesline:
Hillary’s Gun Smuggling To Al Qaeda Rebels In Syria Got Americans Killed In Benghazi & Obama Knew It

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