28 February 2011

Tea Party Can Learn From Tories

Thomas Carothers, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writes for the New Republic on how Republicans can learn from the austerity actions taken by the Tory-led British government.

U.S. foreign aid can certainly be improved, especially the use of large dollops of security aid to try to buy friendships with dubious governments. The Obama administration’s efforts to date on aid reform merit debate and scrutiny. Yet slashing and burning is not the answer. If House Republicans want to get serious about developing a cost-conscious but still responsible approach to financing America’s global role, they should abandon their trash talk about foreign aid and get serious about weighing costs and benefits across the spectrum of the international affairs budget. Taking a page from their British counterparts would be a good way to start.