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Foreign Aid Should Be Part of an "America First" Policy

Foreign Aid Should Be Part of an "America First" Policy

Americans do not have to choose between nation-building at home and nation-building abroad.

In short, as Secretary of State Tillerson undertakes his “deeper analysis” of foreign assistance, the question he should be asking is not whether we should help both the child in South Dakota and the child in South Sudan, but what happens if we don’t?

Gary Edson served as deputy national security advisor and deputy national economic advisor to President George W. Bush. He also was the president’s chief negotiator for the G8 and other summits of world leaders. He is currently a Principal of Civic Enterprises, LLC.

Image: U.S. soldier on an aid mission in Baladiyat, eastern Baghdad. Flickr/DVIDSHUB