I read with interest the comments of Joseph Phelps (Letters, “On foreign aid to Israel and poor economic Bush years,” Nov. 17) and feel a response is appropriate. Mr. Phelps apparently believes that mentioning the inanity of sending foreign aid to China while borrowing money from China, which clearly has the money to loan to us, is unjustified criticism of our fine President Obama.
When one considers this objectively, it becomes self evident the U.S. is borrowing money from China and giving some of that money back to China as foreign aid.
The U.S. is committed to repay the loan in full with interest and will receive nothing from China for the gift of foreign aid, which China obviously does not need. One would expect giving the money back to China as payment of our debt to China would be far more logical.
Regarding Obama referring to the U.S. as having 54 or 57 states, I wonder that no concern is expressed about our fine president not knowing the U.S. is comprised of 50 states, something every school child in the U.S. likely knows very well.
I made no mention of $3 million in aid to Israel for the same reason I made no mention of aid to Egypt; it is not relevant to the issue of borrowing money from China and returning some of that money to China as a gift, nor of Obama’s confusion on the number of U.S. states.
The aid packages to Israel and Egypt were arranged by then President Jimmy Carter as an incentive for them to sign a peace treaty.
I’m certain everybody will agree Obama and his administration likely will have a lasting affect on our great nation for a very long time.