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Sunday, February 17, 2013

It starts: Kerry threatens to cut aid to Israel

It's started. US Secretary of State John FN Kerry has threatened to cut aid to Israel if sequestration becomes a reality in the United States (Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers).
At the beginning of March, across-the-board cuts to all discretionary spending accounts will go into effect, based on the 2011 Budget Control Act and the failure of the "supercommittee" to agree upon discretionary budget cuts in 2012. Congressional appropriators are planning to reorganize those cuts when the continuing resolution that has been temporarily funding the government expires at the end of March, a GOP Congressman told The Cable.
Until then, State and USAID are working on how to adjust to the impending new budget reality and Kerry is warning that the consequences will be severe.
"Sequestration would force the Department and USAID to make across-the-board reductions of $2.6 billion to fiscal 2013 funding levels under the continuing resolution," Kerry wrote in a letter to Sen. Barbara Milkuski (D-MD) on Feb. 11. Cuts of this magnitude would seriously impair our ability to execute our vital missions of national security, diplomacy, and development."
Kerry also said that sequestration would hurt the State Department's efforts to ramp up security for diplomats abroad. State is still waiting for Congress to approve State's request to shift an additional $1 billion to that effort.
"These cuts would severely impair our efforts to enhance the security of U.S. government facilities overseas and ensure the safety of the thousands of U.S. diplomats serving the American people abroad," Kerry wrote.
Here are some specific cuts that Kerry said would be necessary if sequestration happens:         
  • $300 million cut from foreign military financing accounts, which could result in cuts to assistance to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan
Unspecified cuts to international peacekeeping operations, counter narcotics programs, counterterrorism efforts, and non-proliferation activities
Kerry also warned that the State Department might not be able to effectively provide emergency services to Americans in trouble abroad, to properly vet visa applications, and or issue passports to Americans in a timely manner.
Three things I did not see any intention to cut as a result of sequestration are aid to the 'Palestinians,' the US contribution to the United Nations and its constituent agencies, and funding abortions around the world. Maybe Kerry's priorities need to be reconsidered.

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At 3:38 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

From articles I read elsewhere, Swift Boat Kerry still wants the House to release $700 million for the thugs and thieves of the Palestinian Authority.

Just like Obama bumped Jimmy Carter from first to second place on the Worst President list, John Kerry may very well do the same for Hillary Clinton on the Worst Secretary of State list.

At 6:57 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

This post doesn't say this: Please remind every one that, despite these Progressive Dems attempting to say all this chaos is the Republicans' fault, this Sequester this was 100% Obama's doing. He thought it up and pushed it through.

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

He's a court Jew, that is, a self-serving Opportunist left wing Jew, who thinks the world will accept assimilationists Jews. He'd be the first to run to Israel I'd and when the killing of Jews resumes. He is in the same category as is Jack Lew, Rahm Emmanel, Axelrad, and other "Jews" of like mind. They do whatever serves their self-interest, rather than championing the rebuilding of the Land of Israel for the Israeli people.

At 10:27 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Hey! I wonder whether the Heinz-Kerry's are still reaping from H.J. Heinz being acquired by Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway? Somebody in the comments thinks they are, along with Soros. Another headline talks about lawless insider trading. Anything goes with these people. What difference does it make and is Israel going to campaign for Hillary2016, who is no different, or stand against these Progressive Dictator Democrats? Let us know soon, so we can plan! I hope you choose to stand against the Progressives!

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