When the US decides to cut or withhold â€œaidâ€ to a nation or an organization because that nation or organization does something that is not in line with American interests then the term â€œaidâ€ is being misused. Aid is just what it sounds like, help or assistance. Holding back aid over a political disagreement is unethical and immoral.
If a nation holds back funds because another nation or body does not comply with Americaâ€™s demands those funds should be referred to as â€œpaymentsâ€ or a â€œbribesâ€. Very simply put â€œaidâ€, which is â€œhelpâ€ or â€œassistanceâ€ should not be held hostage to politics. Either call it what it is or tell the truth about the unethical politics behind it.