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Let's Salute David Beasley and His Victorious WFP Family

Let's Salute David Beasley and His Victorious WFP Family

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By Thursday, 29 October 2020 01:50 PM Current | Bio | Archive

One of the unfortunate results of today’s highly charged political environment is that any criticism of a federal program or agency is interpreted to mean you are totally against it.

Supporters start to mobilize against you, even if you simply express interest in reforming a federal program or agency.

As a congressman, I had the honor of representing five military installations.

Serving on the House Defense Appropriations Committee I worked hard to make sure there was adequate funding for soldiers, their families, their training, and weapons.

Yet, when I worked with Democratic Congresswoman Betty McCollum to reduce soldiers' wasteful NASCAR sponsorships I was accused of being anti-military and of course anti-NASCAR — not a good position to be in while serving in a Deep South congressional seat.

When it comes to international bodies, particularly the United Nations, President Trump has not sat back quietly. He pulled out of UNESCO and the Human Rights Council.

He openly criticizes the World Health Organization (WHO) and promises the U.S. will withdraw from WHO due to its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

In one speech he labeled the U.N. weak and incompetent.

Predictably his critics charge him with hating all things U.N.

I would strongly disagree.

Despite the rhetoric, most U.S.-U.N. engagement remains intact.

We still send them $10 billion a year which is about the same amount that we sent the last year of the Obama administration.

One specific example is the World Food Program (WFP) which receives nearly half of its $8 billion annual budget from U.S. taxpayers. In fact, under the Trump Administration, the WFP was awarded its first Nobel Peace Prize. Accepting the honor on behalf of WFP was Trump’s appointed Director, former South Carolina Democratic Governor, David Beasley.

Winning the Nobel Peace Prize is an accomplishment in which Americans Let's Salute David Beasley and His Victorious WFP Family Democrats and Republicans — should take pride.

Although it is a U.N. program, it has been run by an American for nearly 30 years.

With 80 offices spread around the globe, WFP is the largest humanitarian assistance program in the world. It has served over 97 million people. Most of their efforts have been in war, conflict, or disaster zones. Danger and difficulty do not deter them.

Recently I surveyed the activities of the WFP in Beirut.

Lebanon was already suffering from high-unemployment, coronavirus, and nearly 900,000 Syrian refugees when a chemical explosion in the heart of town killed at least 160 people and rendered some 300,000 homeless.

This was one of the largest registered non-nuclear explosions in history.

WFP immediately deployed and set-up an onsite operation.

Since the explosion happened at the port their first challenge was clearing enough space for importing food and erecting temporary facilities and truck lanes for distribution.

Despite these enormous challenges the WFP worked with local volunteers and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) to assemble an army of 150 workers — many are still on the ground.

This is only one example of the 11 separate emergencies in which the WFP is currently responding!

Americans should be proud.

It's okay for us to debate the virtues and politics of the U.N.

It's fine to push for more efficiency and transparency.

We can drop out of programs, boycott certain actions, but we are still engaged.

What's more, the WFP shows we can still support good programs.

As a former legislator, I believe that disagreement is a part of the process.

It is often acrimonious, messy, and unpleasant.

However, in the rough and tumble of the process, there are still victories.

When those victories come, we should stop, raise our glasses high, and toast their accomplishments.

To David Beasley and his WFP family, together let us all salute a job well done.

Former Congressman Jack Kingston served in Congress for 22 years representing Georgia's First Congressional District in Southeast Georgia from 1993 to 2015. He served as vice-chairman of the House Republican Conference, the sixth-ranking post among House Republicans, from 2002-2006. He also served on the powerful Appropriations Committee – chairing its Subcommittees on Agriculture and Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education. He also served on its Defense Subcommittee for many years. In Congress, Rep. Kingston earned a reputation as an effective legislator with a keen ability to resolve complex matters by reaching across the aisle. Prior to his service in Congress, Rep. Kingston was a member of the Georgia State Legislature and was vice-president of Palmer & Cay Insurance Services. He was the only Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) in Congress. Currently he works at international law and lobbying firm, Squire Patton Boggs. Read Congressman Kingston's Reports — More Here.

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