Jon Barrie: Cut Military Aid to Egypt, Pakistan, and Libya

Press release from Jon Barrie. It identifies him as an independent candidate, although he is actually the candidate of the Independent American Party.

(Albuquerque) … Jon Barrie, the Independent candidate for U.S. Senate [NM], called for a cut off in U.S. aid to Pakistan, Egypt, and Libya. “As a U.S. Senator, I would follow an ‘America First’ foreign policy. If the Egyptians and Libyans track down and arrest those responsible for the attacks on our embassies, and turn them over to American authorities, perhaps we can resume some kind of support package,” adding, “Frankly, I don’t know how much that could be considering how the Democrats and Republicans put us trillions in debt.”

Barrie said, “If Pakistan does not release the imprisoned doctor who helped the CIA identify Osama bin Laden, they can go it alone. News reports have revealed that Shakil Afridi, convicted of high treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison, has been subject to torture. How can we support such a regime?” Barrie went on to observe, “We’ve invested tens of billions in Pakistan and they do not respect our anti-terrorism work even though it shores up their security. Why give hard-earned taxpayer money to nations who are not cooperative allies?” He continued, “And why aren’t Heather Wilson and Martin Heinrich talking about this? They should stand up for America—and champion investing our military assets wisely.”

Barrie noted that, “On September 22, there was a vote in the Senate on legislation proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) that would have changed American foreign aid to these nations into one of strategic partnerships based on mutual respect and shared priorities.” He continued, “Only ten Senators voted for this common sense approach. I would have proudly been one of them. What about my opponents?”

Barrie concluded, “If we are going to change Washington’s disastrous and expensive foreign aid policies we have to start somewhere. Count me in with the first ten willing to fight.”

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