Sunday, January 3, 2016

Thank you MARCO and thank you Mudar...
Maybe now people will understand who America's true allies and friends are...and who really understands foreign affairs.

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ادناه نص الخطاب كاملا:
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Senator Marco Rubio 12/28/15
United States Senate
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0908

RE: S.2184 – Support-As introduced

Dear Senator Marco Rubio;

On behalf of the Jordanian Opposition Coalition (JOC), we would like to go on record as SUPPORTING your S 2184 – Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015.

From the outset, the concepts embodied in this legislation are greatly appreciated and exhibit true commitment to accountability and good governance in relevance to spending US taxpayers’ money. Even so, the JOC believes that the bill could be improved in a manner that brings more effectiveness and transparency to the way US taxpayers’ money is being spent. For example:

1. ON COUNTLESS OCCASIONS, YOU PERSONALLY HAVE EXHIBITED SUPPORT FOR JORDAN’S KING, THE JOC FEARS THIS COULD BE CONTRADICTORY TO THE BILL, BECAUSE JORDAN’S KING EXHIBITS NO TRANSPARENCY AND HEADS A HIGHLY-CORRUPTED REGIME, THEREFORE, WE BELIEVE THE MEASURE MUST BE EXTENDED TO SECURE THE PROVISION OF INFORMATION ON HOW US TAXPAYERS MONEY IS SPENT BY MIDDLE EASTERN ALLIES WHO RECEIVE US AID MONEY; JORDAN IN PARTICULAR.

Specifically, the JOC is concerned that your measure does not indicate that a huge amount of the US foreign aid and defense budget is allocated to US’ Middle Eastern allies like Jordan’s king. Because of the way they are structured and operate, most Middle Eastern countries lack transparency, and that makes the US money pouring into them of major concern because of the presence of terrorist groups whose members, on countless occasions, have become part of the Middle Eastern government that we are giving the money to.

a. For example: A senior Jordanian police officer shot and killed two American trainers in November 2015 in an apparent terrorist attack. Also, a Jordanian Royal Air Force captain, Majali, defected and joined ISIS. The JOC doesn’t believe that simply stating that a certain amount of money is being spent to support an ally is enough to establish transparency and/or secure that money will not end up supporting terrorists.

b. For example: Jordan receives up to $1.5 billion regular and military aid annually from the US, and Jordan’s King who controls the country with an iron fist, fails to exhibit any transparency or governance for anything he does. And although he receives generous aid and support from the USA and other Western Countries, he exhibits an expensively lavish life style that calls into question whether he needs the money he is given or that he is using the given money to support Jordan’s economy and defense.

c. The JOC believes that your measure must seek to exhibit and implement deeper accountability for US allies that receive(s) US aid and to present the outcome from those to the taxpayers. This will force the foreign recipients of the military aid to use the money more effectively.

2. YOUR MEASURE FAILS TO PROVIDE PUNISHMENT MEASURES FOR GOVERNMENTS WHO INCITE TERRORISM AND ISLAMIC RADICALISM. The JOC is hereby obligated to confirm to you that some US allies have been fully engaged in promoting and supporting radicalism and anti-Semitism.

a. For example: Jordan’s government has launched an active anti-Semitic Campaign in their state media against Israel and Jews by calling on Palestinians to stab Jews. Israel’s government has protested that twice, on 25 June and on 4 September.

b. On 21 September 2015, Israel has also confirmed that: “Jordan is a contributor to unrest in Jerusalem”, “through exacerbating tensions”, and the famous Israel news website, Jerusalem Online, which is affiliated with Israeli Channel 2, reported on 22 November 2015 that “Jordan’s king stands behind present wave of terrorism”, in fact, Jordan’s king has claimed on state TV back in November 2015 that “There is Zionist terrorism” and “Israel kills our kids every five minutes in Gaza and Jerusalem”.

Therefore, the JOC believes that US aid money should not be given to Jordan’s government or other allies unless they refrain from promoting radicalism and state-sponsored anti-Semitism. Your measure must establish clear warnings and concrete punishment measures for those countries who engage in such acts, including Jordan. It should also state that any money received cannot be used for those purposes.

In closing, The JOC is confident that you would not allow US taxpayers’ money to be wasted over incompetent and anti-Semitic Middle Eastern regimes in a manner that harms US interest and therefore those of our region. The JOC looks forward to working with you on improving the effectiveness of your measure now that it has passed the US Congress and heads to the US Senate for adoption.

Sincerely,
Mudar Zahran, Secretary General of the Jordanian Opposition Coalition

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