Rep. Walter Jones: No More Dollars for Afghanistan

by | Mar 18, 2015

US Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), an RPI Board Member, took to the House Floor yesterday to criticize the new Republican budget for its increased spending in Afghanistan. Spending on that “graveyard of empires,” said Walter Jones, is an “absolute waste of taxpayers’ money.”

Rep. Jones cites the absurd situation, recently reported, that US money for places like Afghanistan is even if inadvertently winding up in the hands of al-Qaeda and other groups. The CIA, he pointed out, has been sending money to the Afghan leadership that ended up in a slush fund used by the Afghans to pay off al-Qaeda to ransom Afghan officials.

Jones’ objection to the Republican budget is well-placed. As RPI Chairman Ron Paul pointed out yesterday:

The real clinker in the Republican proposal has to do with their blatant plans to robustly increase the military budget for what they claim is troop training, equipment, and compensation. In reality, they are just accommodating the military-industrial complex that they see as necessary for political fundraising. They constantly refer to this type of spending as “defense spending.” A more honest reference to this part of the budget would be to call it “military spending,” because it is the belief of many that the way we spend the money in the military actually reduces the safety and security of this country.

Watch Rep. Walter Jones’ excellent floor speech:


  • Daniel McAdams

    Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and co-Producer/co-Host, Ron Paul Liberty Report. Daniel served as the foreign affairs, civil liberties, and defense/intel policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, MD (R-Texas) from 2001 until Dr. Paul’s retirement at the end of 2012. From 1993-1999 he worked as a journalist based in Budapest, Hungary, and traveled through the former communist bloc as a human rights monitor and election observer.

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