McCain blasts cuts to Title IV-Fulbright Hays as "short-sighted"
In an interview with Foreign Policy, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) ‘blasted’ cuts to Title VI, Fulbright-Hays, and other international education programs as a “short-sighted” move that could ‘weaken American diplomatic capabilities and, over time, create a “hollow diplomatic corps”’:
‘Finally, I asked McCain about the recently announced massive cuts to Congressional funding of Title VI, Fulbright-Hays, and other international education programs that support language training and area studies. He responded bluntly and powerfully that the cuts were “short-sighted” and that such programs “pay off enormously.” Echoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s warnings about a “hollow army,” McCain warned that cutting language training and area studies budgets could create a “hollow diplomatic corps,” depriving the United States of a generation of effective diplomats like Ryan Crocker and William Burns. McCain sees the national interests at stake in such programs more clearly than many in this Congress, I fear -- and I hope that on this, at least, they value his experience.’