WASHINGTON (CNN) – The United States is sending $100 million in aid to Pakistan to help alleviate the plight of an estimated 2 million people displaced by recent fighting against Taliban extremists, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday.
The money comes on top of $60 million in assistance already provided by the United States to Pakistan since last August.
The assistance is "essential to the global security and security of the United States," Clinton said in a White House briefing. Much of the aid will be directed toward the purchase of Pakistani grain as part of a larger "investment in the people and economy in Pakistan."
The Pakistani government is helping to lead the fight against extremists threatening "our collective security" and therefore deserves to be supported, she argued.
Clinton called on individual Americans to support the relief effort in the form of $5 donations by texting the word "SWAT" to the number 20222.
Much of the recent fighting has been centered in and around Pakistan's Swat Valley.
The aid could begin arriving in Pakistan this week if Islamabad grants permission for the C-17 flights, U.S. defense officials said earlier Tuesday.
The aircraft will carry food, water, water trucks and air-conditioned tents, the officials said.
Planning has been under way for several days, but Pakistani officials are sensitive to U.S. military presence in their country, the officials added.
Pakistan's military has waged a massive operation against Taliban militants in the country's northwest region. Pakistanis are fleeing the ongoing fighting in "the biggest and fastest exodus that we have seen in recent years," United Nations refugee agency spokesman Ron Redmond said.
Nearly 1.5 million Pakistanis have registered as displaced since May 2 - a rate of about 85,000 people fleeing a day - Redmond said. The total number is equivalent to the population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
-CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report
Bush left us with a recession, bull if he did we wouldn't have $100 million to give away. More like Obama will create a Depression.
This is the consequence of war. People are displaced, become refugees with no where to live, nothing to survive on. But, not to worry, as long as we Americans are well feed, who of us cares? Christian hypocracy steers its ugly head once again.
Pakistan has nuclear weapons. We need to make sure those weapons do not fall into the hands of the Taliban. Do I love sending money there? No but it is a necessity.
Why can't they just cut out the middle man and get there funding from China?
Keep spending money that we can't pay back! The states that have financial problems are all left wing states....CA, NY, NJ, MASS, MICH. Your taxes are going to go up if you make minimum wage.
Yet we can't help people in our own country. Nice.
beth May 19th, 2009 12:46 pm ET
I think it's a great plan. Just think if we would have spent billions on helping the Middle East rather than bombing the crap out of it…..maybe things would be better.
Beth, you are an idiot if you honestly think giving money to the Taliban would have produced anything more than better armed terrorists.
rachel May 19th, 2009 12:32 pm ET
Good, show them we care maybe then we can win the hearts of the pakistani people.
OMG – Rachel, meet Beth... you two need to have a hugfest...
That money could be used in the US to keep people employed.
The Dems passed all this crap spending but then the idiot governor of Michigan is laying off 83 Michigan State Police.
I thought that was what the stimulus plan was for.
It proves the Dems continue to lie and spend money recklessly.
No different from President Bush in their spending. Just more social programs and lies.
How funny it is to see the Right (wrong) complain that this money should be for people in the USA, yet if you look at the comments regarding the credit card legislation and help for homeowners those SAME people are complaining about that. So exactly WHICH people do you think the money should be used for here in the U.S. The Right are a selfish righteous bunch of hypocrite SORE LOSERS.
This is so stupid. Pakistan is expanding its nuclear arsenal as we speak. This is when fighting is raging on less than hundred miles from its nuclear facilities. And who says the nukes are in safe hands. Do not forget this is the same country that opened up Dr A Q Khans nuclear walmart. Wake up America, these folks have a deathwish, never have been civilized and never will be our friends. We have bigger problems here and giving more money to a failed state is not only wasteful but criminal and stupid.
Bush and Cheney made this mess...Send both of them over there with their own check books and fix the problem....First we have got to get Bush out of his bomb proof bunker in Texas.. And Cheney to shut up..
who knows the people killed were talibans and not regular poor people. pakistan can surely do that to get money from America.
NO! NO! NO! Whats wrong with you people. Stop sending our money out to other countries! Somebody get a figure of how much money we send out each year to support other countries. 10 million here , 50 million there. I bet it's in the 100's of billions. Tell them we'll send troops and bombs and thats it. Teach a man to fish, remember that one! we can't fix others problems until we fix ours. Now is the time to box in the taliban and distroy them, not feed and house them. these moutain tribes are the ones that took them in, remember. now your wanting to give them money to buy weapons just like they did in iraq, 35 million dissappeared and resistance went up.
Same old stuff. People in other countries getting our money for free, but we have homeless people right here. I thought the Obama Administration was suppose to bring Change.
Hmmm. $100 million...Imagine the American people that could use that money. Oh that's right; in obama's eyes we don't count. He has to help those that oppose our country.
Where exacly is this $ 100 million coming from?
We need to get out of the middle east and its environs. Let the United Nations and the Europeans who are much closer and more likely to be impacted by this mess of crazy people take over and deal with them.
So what if the governments all collapse and implode. Why is the our prolblem?
The USA can no longer afford this nonsense.
Pakistan is fighting United States war for a very long time now. Also suffering as a consequence.They should be helped in anyway and form by the United States. Simple!
its funny how this gov't throws money all around the world under the guise of foriegn aid, and then turn around and ignore the state of the cities in the united states. its united alright. like the pharoh and govenor of south carolina who has turned his back on the poor in his state and refuses to take stimulus money to improve the schools along the "corridor of shame" in his state. this is the 21st century. and i told you that its people like this govenor who still dwells back in the plantation days and times. keep the black and poor dumb and their not a threat.
I cannot believe that loveable Mississippi Mike thinks he is unliked. After all, it is his money that is going to Pakistan.
This is a classic "do you do the right thing" scenario. Do you nurse a snake (and by no means do I associate all the good people of Pakistan with snakes, just the religous freaks) just to have it bite you when it's healthy...
...Jesus would say yes, he helped and forgave those who crucified him, and there in the sense is the TRUE origin of Jesus and christianity. not worshiping of snakes and buying Pat Robertson a new Gulfstream 4 jet plane.
Let me see they have money to build nuclear weapons...Hummm. Maybe they should help there own people first and we can use our 100 Million to help our workers here that are unemployed due to outsourcing our jobs under Bill's wonderful trade plans such as NAFTA. That really worked. Take care of Americans first.
If you think this is a bad idea, look at the precedent Hamas set in Palestine. Provide money for education, for food, for running water and education, for healthcare, and the people will follow you. When the Taliban begin to destroy those things the people will revolt against them, and we will have a million friends on the ground. It’s the old drop books, not bombs adage.
And I find it amazing that the conservatives are railing against that. “Give the money to Americans” Sounds like that commie socialist welfare stuff, eh? And since when would conservatives pass up a chance to bolster our foreign policy? Anything to disagree, I suppose…
Where's that money going to come from? Anyone care to address that little question?