S. Hrg. 108-25: Millennium Challenge Account: A New Way to Aid: Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, March 4, 2003 S. Hrg. 108-25 [open pdf - 798KB]
President Bush's calls to establish the MCA come at a time when a reassessment of foreign assistance is badly overdue. American foreign assistance programs lack unifying objectives or coherent criteria. Too much of our foreign assistance is determined by obsolete cold war imperatives, the vestiges of our responses to past humanitarian emergencies, or domestic political inertia. The primary goal of American foreign assistance is aimed at combatting terrorism, and in some instances, this requires direct military and economic aid to key allies of the war on terrorism. But many argue that our foreign assistance must also be aimed at broader objectives that aid in the fight against terrorism over the long run. In the eyes of many, the United States must seek to encourage societies that can nurture and fulfill the aspirations of their citizens and deny terrorists the uncontrolled territory and abject poverty in which they thrive.
S. Hrg. 108-25; Senate Hearing 108-25