US Outspends Islamabad on Flood Relief in Pakistan

Taha Siddiqui, Christian Science Monitor, October 23, 2012

The US government has pledged more money toward this year’s flood relief efforts in Pakistan than the country’s own government, according to a report this month from the Congressional Research Service.

Floods have devastated swathes of the Pakistani countryside this year. And once again the US is contributing substantial funds despite strained ties between the two governments and large anti-American street protests.

According to a little noticed detail in a report titled “Pakistan: US Foreign Assistance,” the country’s central government has pledged $91 million toward flood relief, 32 percent less than the $134.6 million promised by the US State Department and USAID as of the end of September 2012.

But instead of helping repair US-Pakistan relations, the flood aid looks more likely to harden the existing pattern where Americans tire of financially supporting a country where elites are barely taxed and the majority of citizens dislike the US. Pakistan, meanwhile, points out US pledges are often much greater than the aid actually delivered—and what aid does come is spent in a self-interested manner.

“These aid figures are on paper and never really materialize into anything. The foreign aid pledge is always about—this will come, that will happen, but it never does,” says Irshad Bhatti, spokesperson for the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), an autonomous government body that looks after disaster relief in Pakistan.

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The US Embassy in Pakistan said that for floods this year USAID has disbursed around $100,000 so far. Since 2009, the US government has spent over a billion dollars in humanitarian assistance.

The floods in Pakistan this year have killed more than 400 people over the past five weeks and affected over five million people, according to NDMA data. However, the past two years’ floods have not been as bad as it was in 2010 when Pakistan suffered the worst floods in its history that killed almost 1,800 people and affected around 21 million in the country.

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  • Puggg

    Okay, now, where did we put that Rand Paul bill cutting of foreign aid to Pak?

  • Up to my neck in CA

    “Since 2009, the US government has spent over a billion dollars in humanitarian assistance.”

    How much does that make up of in interest to China?

  • Whirlwinder

    Islam hates America because we are non-muslim and that is it. There is nothing we can do to make them ‘like’ us. Their mandate from the Koran is to slaughter, kill, rape, maime and dominate us until we bend the knee to Islam. What else do you need to know. They will not stop until we stop them. Now go and form some plans other than appeasement.

    • IstvanIN

       WRONG!  They hate us because we have too many freedoms.  Because we allow women to drive and attend school.  Because we don’t kill gays.  Because we bathe and wear shoes instead of sandals.  Because we allow movies about the prophet.

      • Whirlwinder

        Istvan, the Koran instructs Islam to hate non-muslims and to kill them where ever they find them. What do you not understand about this?

  • We’ve given what was left of our textile industry to Pockeystahn presumably to give potential terrorists legitimate jobs as an alternative to running off and joining the Towelie-Ban or AQ.  (Doesnt’ that logic sound familiar?)  Look at how well it’s working.

    I happen to think that was all a convenient front just to move another industry to a cheap labor country.

  • Jed Sant Devi

    When the bill comes due and inflations wipes out all cash savings and taxes take most of our income, we can at least feel pride in how much we did for “the Other”.

    The big question for our next ten years is this: Will suffering White children become convinced that their suffering is justified, or will they rebel and reclaim their right of existence?

    I predict that the degree of one’s material White privilege (affluence) will determine just how accepting they are.  Rich White kids will go to college and agree that we must “do more” to address Race, Gender, and Class problems caused by White privilege.

    The underprivilged Whites will split into two camps, as they are now:   the Resistance and the Succumbers.

    The Resistance will be good racists, while the Succumbers will be dopers who race mix and breed mongrel mulatto Diversity babies.

  • Another failed attempt to bribe people to like us with the same miserable results. Meanwhile, the Chinese never give a penny of their money to foreigners and everyone seems to think they’re swell.

    • The__Bobster

      No, they don’t, but the Chinese can’t be guilted into doing anything against their own interests, so the libtards go after easier prey.

      • nathan wartooth

        Pretty much this. I really hope people don’t start saying “We need to be more like China” as a subtle way to convert people to communism. “See it works great in China! It finally worked!”

        Also people don’t really like it when the Chinese steal our inventions and pass them off on their own. They do this whenever they want since U.S. patent law means nothing to them. 

        I watched a woman pitch her invention for a diaper on Shark Tank. She said she sold 3.4 million diapers but only made 20,000. She thought that making them at a Chinese factory would help her make money. Big mistake. The Chinese stole her idea and started competing with her. Now she can’t compete with their low manufacturing costs. 

  • IKantunderstand

    So, then, we are agreed! It’s a waste of U.S. Taxpayer money to send aid to you. Excellent! Next? Let’s talk about aid to Afghanistan!

  • bluffcreek1967

    This again shows how insane our country (USA) has become. Pakistan not only hates us, they did their best to hide Osama bin Laden! But even if they didn’t hate us, I would NEVER vote to give them one red cent! Have you ever seen Pakistan and the ignorant masses who make it their home? They are religiously fanatical, most are uneducated and they are a low-fuse, tempermental people! Why would any nation – unless it’s a nation destined for ruin like the USA (sadly) – give these undeserving people anything? One would think that after all the backstabbings from Pakistan, our governmental leaders would stop all forms of funding to this wicked nation. But instead, they had recently voted to continue it. We never learn, do we? 

    Moreover, our Founders would have been appalled to discover how much money we give to other nations so they will “like” us and be “friends” with us. It’s simply not the role of our government to provide “assistance” (military or otherwise) to other nations – especially hostile nations such as Pakistan. For all intents and purposes, the U.S. is bankrupt and the gravy train is over!  

    I would like to think otherwise, but all of this is just another indicator that the USA is over – and has been for quite some time. Our self-imploding has occurred incrementally over the years, and it’s only recently that it’s becoming apparent for all to see  . . . . at least among those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. 

  • bubo

    Why don’t they just pray to Mohammed to stop the rain?  

  •  But if they follow Mohammad, then they cannot even pray to God, for his influence has already deceived them.

    Besides that, I agree. We are coddling a cradle of filth, and for no reason.