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Foreign Aid

I’ve been traveling and read the NRO op-ed by Stephen Moore and Rep. Tom Feeney only now. I have to say that I found it appalling. I’m not appalled by their effort to cancel Iraq’s debts to the countries that bankrolled Saddam Hussein; indeed, I support that. Nor am I opposed in principle to their desire to identify ways to reduce the cost to American taxpayers of the Iraq mission. What’s appalling is their blinkered refusal to see success in Iraq as an American priority, worth paying a lot to achieve; and their rather whiny insistence that Iraqis owe us cash. If we can save money, fine. But that really can’t be our major mission in Iraq.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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