Cutting foreign aid can be counter-productive

August 03, 2011

In response to the recent letter regarding foreign assistance to Armenia ("Cut foreign aid to Armenia and other countries that work against United States," July 31), the proposition to reduce assistance to Armenia and other states whose domestic and foreign policy agendas do not closely align with those of the U.S. is a complex topic worthy of further debate.

While the U.S. is currently facing a challenging fiscal scenario, reducing foreign assistance to the states in question will only serve to further strain strategic relationships that require delicate handling. There is no argument to be made that ensuring the strong relationships with our contemporary strategic partners endure throughout these globally challenging times; however, advocating that foreign assistance be reduced to states whose support for the U.S. appears to be diminishing will simply exacerbate the problem.

Furthermore, curtailing such aid will provide the impetus to once again lead the U.S. down the slippery slope of isolationism which will be of benefit to no one.

Ian D. Pfaff, Alexandria, Va.

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