Foreign Policy: Obama Cuts Foreign Assistance in New Budget

By Garance Franke-Ruta

Some countries will lose their American military support, Foreign Policy's Josh Rogin reports, should President Obama's 2012 budget be enacted as proposed:

Inside the regular budget, the State Department eliminated foreign aid to several countries and slashed requested 2012 funding for assistance to Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia by $115 million from the fiscal 2011 request.

"Although not subject to a freeze in funding, the department is committed to finding efficiencies, cutting waste, and focusing on key priorities. Accordingly, foreign assistance to several countries has been eliminated," the summary sheet on for the State Department's request stated, adding that the cuts were made "in order to focus funding on regions with the greatest assistance needs."

The cuts will not only affect development aid, but also the United States' military-to-military relationships across the globe. If the president's budget is enacted, five countries will no longer receive Foreign Military Financing and nine countries will no longer receive support for joining the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program, which is where foreign military officers receive training in the U.S. and forge bonds with their American counterparts. The countries for which the State Department will no longer seek funding will be made public when the full State Department budget request is released Monday afternoon.



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