All the countries that we "donated" food and munitions to, welcomed us initially, as it is human nature to take what is offered when it appears to be free, whether or not they feel a need for it. Instead of "teaching them to fish". our offerings are perceived as "charity" and are then resented. It is all too easy for an oppressed hungry person to resent the man (or country) who seemingly has it all. Sort of like the pusher & the addict. The welfare recipient and the government supplier. Dependence builds resentment. What they forget, is that nothing is ever really free. There is always a catch.
If we had worked on becoming energy independent instead of meddling in foreign politics and using gifts of money, food and munitions to seduce the third world countries in order to have access to their seemingly cheap supply of oil, we would not be fighting the religious war that we have now found ourselves in. The cost is mind boggling and staggering. Our country is becoming bankrupt. This is not a war we can win if we continue to fight it. Remember the Alamo? Hell, remember Viet Nam.
Lets take care of our own country for a change, & let the rest of the worlds countries manage their own affairs. If we had given as a low interest loan the trillions our overseas policies have and will continue to cost us, our economy might be in a better position.
Sorry about that.
I should be posting about the fine work the US Fish & Wildlife folks have been doing here. The dam has been saved!