U.S.: Diplomatic Aid Spending Set to Rise Under Obama Budget

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=45924

Jim Lobe*

WASHINGTON Feb 27 (IPS) – While most mainstream press reaction
to President Barack Obamas whopping 3.5-trillion-dollar 2010
budget has naturally focused on its far-reaching – even historic
– implications for the U.S. domestic economy experts here say it
also marks at least the beginning of potentially important shifts
in U.S. foreign policy.

The budget which will now be taken up by Congress suggests
that Obama intends to follow through on his campaign pledge to
achieve a better balance between the civilian and military
institutions that are used to pursue U.S. foreign policy goals by
increasing spending on diplomacy and aid while curbing the
exploding growth in military spending under his predecessor
George W. Bush.

*Jim Lobes blog on U.S. foreign policy can be read at
http://www.ips.org/blog/jimlobe/.

(FIN/2009)

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