Forum Post: While They Try to Ban Assault Rifles in America, They're Arming Children in Yemen and Congo
Posted 4 years ago on Feb. 18, 2013, 1:49 p.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic
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Tens of millions of dollars of U.S. military financing will continue to flow to Yemen and three other countries that recruit and use child soldiers, despite a 2008 U.S. law designed to restrict U.S. taxpayer funding of foreign militaries that enlist children to fight in war.
The White House issued a memorandum Tuesday evening to allow military funding to Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Chad, three of the six countries on the State Department's list of foreign governments that recruit and use child soldiers in state-backed armed forces and militias.
article from Oct 2011. Hundreds of millions were given to these countries in 2012. The State Department has requested $35 million in foreign military financing for the Yemeni government for the 2012 fiscal year. The aid represents one portion of the total military, security and other assistance to the country, which has exceeded $100 million annually in recent years.
There's money to fund wars but not to feed the poor.
A common theme is giving foreign regimes tax payer dollars on the premise that they will buy weapons from American arms manufacturers. It's called corruption.