Citizens must come to understand that our country gives foreign aid primarily because it benefits us. Recipients benefit, but to be sure, our objective in giving is to build alliances with other countries. Cutting off aid to countries who disagree with our policies is cutting off our noses to spite...you know the rest. Secondly, there are times when countries overstep their rights, and just as America criticizes such countries, there may be times when the US is ripe for criticism, for example, right now. How about me as a citizen of this country. Perhaps I should be penalized when I criticize my government? Or maybe only when my criticism is effective?