Aid can work where there is good governance, and usually fails where governments are unable or unwilling to commit aid to improve the lives of their people.
But in the end our government usually - not unfailingly - is responsive to the people; and usually - not always - will try to do what is right.
For decades the American people have had an addiction to oil and gas.
One half of the world's people live on less than two dollars a day. This should concern our national security policy as well as our conscience.