Is Foreign Aid Solely Up to the President? – Antiwar.com


According the US Department of Justice, it is the US president’s prerogative
alone whether Israel’s nuclear weapons program triggers Arms Export Control
Act laws governing US aid to foreign nuclear weapons states.

In a 52-page
motion to dismiss
, (PDF) Justice Department Trial Attorney Michell R. Bennett
outlined the defendants’ legal argument for why US citizens cannot challenge
massive foreign assistance packages to Israel that appear to violate the Symington
& Glenn Amendments, originally added to the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act
in the mid-1970s. The intention of the amendments, according to one of the authors,
Senator Stuart Symington, was to preclude US taxpayer subsidization of nuclear
states that refused to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. “If you
wish to take the dangerous and costly steps necessary to achieve a…



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