President Barack Obama and aides have caught heat from conservatives over their recent remarks about the need to address the underlying causes of violent extremism, such as those related to the economy.
Starting back in 1948, a liberal friend on Facebook pointed out, the Marshall Plan devoted $160 billion in today’s dollars to rebuilding Europe after World War II. Then-Secretary of State George Marshall said in a speech presaging that aid:
It is logical that the United States should do whatever it is able to do to assist in the return of normal economic health to the world, without which there can be no political stability and no assured peace. Our policy is not directed against any country, but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos. Any government that is willing to assist in recovery will find full co-operation on the part of the USA. Its purpose should be the revival of a working economy in the world so as to permit the emergence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can exist.