Sunday, July 4, 2010

U.S. Announces Grant for Auschwitz

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged millions for Aushwitz, however the story played differently around the world. Notice the difference between these two headlines:

1. Clinton announces U.S. pledge of $15M for Auschwitz preservation (The Hill)

2. Clinton: U.S. to contribute $150 million to Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation (Haaretz)

The discrepancy is $135 million. Haaretz made an error in their title. The body of their piece states $15 million. Given that most people read the headline and move on, what does this "error" imply?

Here's my guess. The U.S. government is making a definitive statement about the Holocaust, intending to thumb its deniers and curry favor among Israel supporters. While this could be a reasonable aim, American citizens may not appreciate our generosity in difficult economic times.

This $15 million foundation grant comes atop a $50 million gift to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek. Hillary Clinton promised change in America's foreign aid. It's working.