US AID to Fatah to Hamas

posted at 9:20 am on February 8, 2008 by Bryan

It’s the triple play trio of terror. Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, a stalwart warrior on free speech in the face of threats to her own freedom, lays out the case.

For the first time, the Bush Administration plans to give $150 million in cash directly to the Palestinian Authority (PA) Treasury, as part of a $496.5 million “aid” package, including $410 million for development programs. This added to the $86.5 million for CIA “security training,” which Congress authorized in April 2007.

The CIA has apparently assumed the Palestinian terrorist-training role previously held by the former Soviet Union. Since 1994, the CIA armed and trained thousands of Palestinian “security forces,” who subsequently joined every Palestinian terrorist organization…

Palestinian violence has escalated since the 1994 PA establishment and PA officials have produced an unbroken record of unfulfilled promises and outright deception. Yet President George W. Bush in his January 28 State of the Union Address, reassured the Palestinians that “America will do, and I will do, everything we can to help them achieve…a Palestinian state by the end of this year.”

Nevertheless, U.S.-favored PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who in 1957 with Yasser Arafat co-founded the al Fattah terrorist group, assumed the role of his predecessor. Like Muslim Brotherhood, Marxist–trained Jihadist Arafat, neither does Abbas “recognize that confronting terror is essential to achieving a state where his people can live in dignity and at peace with Israel,” as President Bush declared.

Abbas remains committed to the organization’s reason d’etre–destroying Israel and expelling the Jewish people from the region. Despite public Fattah-Hamas leadership disagreements, branding one another “murderers and thieves,” Abbas arranged on Jan. 30 to give Hamas $3.1 billion of $7.7 billion that international donor community pledged last December in Paris.

Abbas’ support for Hamas is not new. In Feb. 2007, He announced, “We must unite the Hamas and Fattah blood in the struggle against Israel as we did at the beginning of the intifada.” He stated this en route to Mecca to meet with the Saudi King, and Hamas terror chiefs Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh. The Saudis pledged hundreds of millions of dollars in “humanitarian aid ”–which, like previous pledges, they failed to deliver.

There’s more, a whole lot more, and none of it is good.

In the wake of 9-11, President Bush delivered a line that has rankled lefties ever since: “You are either with us or you are with the terrorists.”

That line never bothered me. I just wish he would have lived up to it.

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We totally suck!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on February 8, 2008 at 9:23 AM

How can we convict entities like Holy Land Relief, if our gov’t is doing pretty much the same thing by proxy?

Connie on February 8, 2008 at 9:24 AM

How about we just start a DRAFT MALKIN Campaign! It’s the only way I’m ever going to get some damn sleep!

Has a nice ring to it and it’s avaliable Bryan!!!!!!


Dread Pirate Roberts VI on February 8, 2008 at 9:27 AM


someguy on February 8, 2008 at 9:30 AM

I’d like to know the thinking and logic behind this. Are they trying to bribe them into good deeds? Offset the funding bribes these groups get from Iran?

jp on February 8, 2008 at 9:37 AM

We essentially fund terrorism against us by buying oil from the Middle East and then there is this which basically is funding terrorism against Israel.

Are we just stupid or suicidal or both?

Yakko77 on February 8, 2008 at 9:40 AM

This is going to be huge and for good reason. Who’s side are we on anyway? WTF, I’m so sick of the middle east and all their backwards problems. They will never achieve peace because they actually, I know this is hard to believe, They will NEVER have peace because they don’t want peace. We shouldn’t even be involved except to supply Isreal weapons.

Geronimo on February 8, 2008 at 9:42 AM

We really aren’t far behind the Brits and Europeans when it comes to self destructive behavior.

Giving money to people who hate us is a bad idea, right?

forest on February 8, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Please. Stop giving terrorists my money.

amkun on February 8, 2008 at 9:56 AM

The diplomatic traditions of executive brinksmanship and playing both ends against the middle are among the reasons why it’s hard to get principled people to run for president.

whitetop on February 8, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Our government never learns. Why don’t we just hand over a nuclear bomb to Iran?… Oh, I forgot, we practically have.
With government like this, we don’t need Dhimmicrats.

4shoes on February 8, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Please. Stop giving terrorists my money.

amkun on February 8, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Didn’t you get the memo? All money is the government’s money and it can do with it whatever it pleases. Out of sheer benevolence they let you keep a little, so be thankful and shut up.

pistolero on February 8, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Great post Bryan. So now the US government has decided to directly fund Islamist terrorists. Just wonderful.

President Bush has clearly moved back to Crawford, left these decisions to the quees of appeasment Condi “Neville Chamberlain” Rice and decided that he has been wrong all along about the Islamists- we should just be arms suppliers to them long enough to have some fun with the money until they enslave our women and children and murder the rest of us.

georgealbert on February 8, 2008 at 10:13 AM

if you watch the doc. “in the face of evil” about Reagan, they note that in the past US Presidents would come in with a hard line against the Soviets but then gradually moderate themselves once in office from all the pressures from the job. With Reagan that correction never happened. Looks like with Bush, this correction happened, just a little longer than normal and into the second term.

jp on February 8, 2008 at 10:20 AM

I think also they decided with the Palestine thing, after they elected Hamas. That they just needed to punt this issue down the road for the next president and no longer had the political capital to do the hard nose stuff that needs to be done, and focus on Iraq and broader war.

jp on February 8, 2008 at 10:22 AM

We should be bombing Gaza, not giving them money.

CP on February 8, 2008 at 10:26 AM

John McCain will fix everything.

abinitioadinfinitum on February 8, 2008 at 10:58 AM

If this isn’t a confirmation of everything I have said on these threads, I don’t know what is. First of all, if America is in the business of empire (and it is) you can count on it playing enemies off of each other, in this case Palestinian terror groups against Israel, and Israel (inevitably, duh) against them.

Second, I have continually pointed out (or tried) that the greatest threat to Israel’s existence is not Arab terrorism, but the USA. Indeed, the neocons of America are pretty sure that they know what is best for Israel.

We rule the world and are doing a really sh*tty job of it.

Drum on February 8, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Bush has seemed rattled and not quite himself ever since the big 2006 election loss, and maybe a bit before that. Something has not been quite right. Either it’s loss of nerve or conviction, or just battle weariness, or there’s something important we don’t know about yet. But who could imagine that the Bush we rallied behind after 9/11 would be handing “aid” to bloodthirsty terrorists like Fatah? No wonder he’s not popular – he’s not the president we knew.

Halley on February 8, 2008 at 11:52 AM

It shows how far gone and over the edge the goofs in Georgies’ bunch have gone. What a shame and true embarrasment to our country to fund terrorism. When it comes at the end of an administration like this, that is what is remembered about them, ‘what have you done for me lately’. What bunch! What a bunch of suckers! I’m sure terrorists from all over the world are lining up at Georgies’ door for a hand out. And I wouldn’t be suprised if Georgie gives it to them to show how politically correct he is, and what a jerk he is for it.

countywolf on February 8, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Consider term limits for Presidents.

Kini on February 8, 2008 at 12:10 PM

What an utter disappointment GW Bush has become. He shows NO spine in dealing with the Saudis, the Palis, or the Iranians. Total collapse into the loving arms of his Saudi-loving father and his evil associate, James Baker.

sanantonian on February 8, 2008 at 12:20 PM

No wonder he’s not popular – he’s not the president we knew.

Halley on February 8, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Well stated. This latest despicable action on the part of the Bush Administration deserves repudiation, not approval.

sanantonian on February 8, 2008 at 12:23 PM

In the wake of 9-11, President Bush delivered a line that has rankled lefties ever since: “You are either with us or you are with the terrorists.”
That line never bothered me. I just wish he would have lived up to it.

So tragically true.

sanantonian on February 8, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Don’t be surprised if you pick up the unpaid pledges of the Saudis as well, as a sign of good will.

Bush’s greatest success in office has been his shielding of the Saudi royal family. I imagine he will get more than just a gold necklace after he is done. I’m sure he let the Saudis guide his way though the wacky world of Islam throughout his tenure. Why should Gordon English be the only one with a pet Muslim to tell him his every move and thought about Islam.

[email protected] on February 8, 2008 at 12:53 PM