USAID increasingly involved in anti-terrorism effort

The U.S. Agency for International Development is not a military organization, but says it now spends billions of dollars every year countering ISIS and other extremists organizations in Iraq, Syria and other nations.
The agency’s website says its fiscal 2019 budget “will enable USAID to protect America’s security at home and abroad.” USAID says that includes defeating ISIS and other violent extremist organizations

by countering ISIS at its core in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere around the world, promoting stability in areas where these groups could spread, and supporting the needs of displaced religious minorities in the Middle East and North Africa. USAID’s programs target the root causes of violent extremism, rebuild economic opportunities and good governance, and address related complex crises caused by ISIS, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, al-Qa’ida and other violent extremist organizations.

USAID says it is also fighting to reduce America’s “vulnerability to Russian aggression” and to promote anti-corruption initiatives in Eastern Europe and Asia.
Only a tiny fraction of USAID’s budget goes toward Cuba programs. The Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget for the State Department and USAID is $39.3 billion. That includes $16.8 billion that USAID fully or partially manages. Below is a graphic that illustrates $143,795,645,263 in USAID spending.

USAID’s mission is aimed at support President Trump’s “America First” vision. According to the agency, that means:

  • Streamlining foreign assistance
  • Reshaping USAID programs “to prioritize activities that clearly and directly advance U.S. national security interests”
  • Asserting U.S. leadership and influence
  • Boosting “economic opportunities for the American people”
  • Ensuring “efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability to the U.S. taxpayer.”