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Bush Has Quietly Tripled Aid to Africa
Washington Post ^ | 31 December 2006 | Michael Fletcher

Posted on 12/31/2006 4:19:33 AM PST by shrinkermd

Edited on 12/31/2006 5:46:08 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

President Bush's legacy is sure to be defined by his wielding of U.S. military power in Afghanistan and Iraq, but there is another, much softer and less-noticed effort by his administration in foreign affairs: a dramatic increase in U.S. aid to Africa.


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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: africa; aid; aids; biggovernment; democrat; disease; hiv; liberalism; potus; spend
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To many longtime Africa supporters, all of this is surprising for a president who is often criticized as lacking curiosity about much of the world and who heads a political party traditionally skeptical of the efficacy of foreign aid.

But attacking African poverty has become a growing priority of some of the religious groups at the core of Bush's political base, and some lawmakers credit them with stoking the president's interest in the subject.

"The evangelical community raised the awareness of HIV and AIDS to the president," said Rep. Donald M. Payne (N.J.), the top-ranking Democrat on the House International Relations subcommittee on Africa. "When the Bush administration came in, HIV and AIDS were not an overwhelming priority. Now we have seen a total metamorphosis."

What the leftists and MSM misses is this not a hunt for "legacy." POTUS does what he thinks is right. Until they discover that they will not understand his true stature and ultimate power in foreign affairs.

1 posted on 12/31/2006 4:19:34 AM PST by shrinkermd
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To: shrinkermd

While we quietly pay for it.


Regards.


2 posted on 12/31/2006 5:00:01 AM PST by ARE SOLE (I thought the Party was supposed to court the voters and not the other way around?)
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To: shrinkermd

Sending aid to Ethiopia would be great to help in their fight against Islam. But more dollars to fight aids or whatever is a waste. Is he sending his money or ours?


3 posted on 12/31/2006 5:05:06 AM PST by ca centered
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To: shrinkermd

Every penny of it wasted.

We should stop sending money to turd world countries.

Give it back to the taxpayers.


4 posted on 12/31/2006 5:05:18 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: ARE SOLE
While we quietly pay for it.

There is nothing that even remotely resembles quiet around here at bill paying time.

5 posted on 12/31/2006 5:06:59 AM PST by ShadowDancer (No autopsy, no foul.)
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To: shrinkermd

The Dark Continent has again become a Black Hole for the tax slaves of the U.S.

Does anyone REALLY think a group of folks who believe that raping 2 YEAR-OLD babies will cure AIDS will stop the behavior that infected them in the first place?


6 posted on 12/31/2006 5:24:55 AM PST by Dick Bachert (--)
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To: shrinkermd

I don't think he had any choice. Aid had to be increased to counter the mid-East petro dollars pouring into sub Saharan Africa.


7 posted on 12/31/2006 5:43:10 AM PST by fso301
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To: shrinkermd
Comments are missing the point. President Bush did what he thought was right full well knowing that many in his party would be disappointed or angry.
8 posted on 12/31/2006 5:45:20 AM PST by shrinkermd
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To: shrinkermd

That money is just going down the toilet as far as we're concerned. Those countries need extensive social reforms. Throwing money at them isn't doing anything.


9 posted on 12/31/2006 5:47:45 AM PST by Zeon Cowboy ("Show me just what Muhammad brought... and there you will find things only evil and inhuman.")
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To: shrinkermd
President Bush did what he thought was right full well knowing that many in his party would be disappointed or angry.

Legacies are never cheap.

10 posted on 12/31/2006 5:49:32 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Zeon Cowboy
Well not hundreds, not thousands but hundreds of thousands will receive life sustaining AIDS medications. I do think that is a worthy cause. It is also self-serving since epidemics don't respect national borders.
11 posted on 12/31/2006 5:50:56 AM PST by shrinkermd
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To: shrinkermd

"Well not hundreds, not thousands but hundreds of thousands will receive life sustaining AIDS medications."

I hope some of the dough is going towards a little education. Maybe then they won't rape young girls because "sex with a virgin cures AIDS".


12 posted on 12/31/2006 5:54:18 AM PST by Flightdeck
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To: shrinkermd

I hope some of the money goes towards that, too, but I bet you a fair amount of it is lining one of their corrupt government official's pockets.


13 posted on 12/31/2006 5:54:23 AM PST by Zeon Cowboy ("Show me just what Muhammad brought... and there you will find things only evil and inhuman.")
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To: shrinkermd
True.

What they miss is that egotistical blow-hard from the 90s who would have made numerous public pronouncements as to how hard he worked and how he had taken these measure and why he....

Well -- you know what I mean.
14 posted on 12/31/2006 6:07:07 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years)
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To: shrinkermd

Disgusting waste of taxpayer dollars. Might just as well set the money on fire or flush it down a toilet.


15 posted on 12/31/2006 6:18:38 AM PST by KantianBurke
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To: Bon mots
We should stop sending money to turd world countries.

Do not worry, most of this money will stay in USA. These are the key words:

"When the Bush administration came in, HIV and AIDS were not an overwhelming priority. Now we have seen a total metamorphosis."

Pharma business and expensive consultants.

16 posted on 12/31/2006 6:44:33 AM PST by A. Pole (M. Boskin: "It doesn't make any difference whether a country makes potato chips or computer chips!")
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To: A. Pole

I'd personally contribute to Ethiopia. They made my day this week.


17 posted on 12/31/2006 6:54:16 AM PST by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: shrinkermd

"Bush doesn't care about black people." - Kanye West.

Someone should write a book about how the popular myths about the Bush Administration displaced the reality.


18 posted on 12/31/2006 8:13:20 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: popdonnelly

I don't see how spending billions of dollars on Africa equates to "caring".


19 posted on 12/31/2006 8:17:16 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: popdonnelly

Wouldn't it be nice if Bush went to Africa and quietly stayed, God I'm sorry I ever voted for this moron.


20 posted on 12/31/2006 8:17:57 AM PST by Plains Drifter (America First, Last, and Always!!!)
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To: Plains Drifter

I think he is awesome.

I am glad I voted for him.


21 posted on 12/31/2006 8:24:49 AM PST by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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To: lonestar67

I'm glad too.

God bless him.


22 posted on 12/31/2006 8:41:48 AM PST by baseballmom
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To: shrinkermd
The president has tripled direct humanitarian and development aid to the world's most impoverished continent since taking office and recently vowed to double that increased amount by 2010 -- to nearly $9 billion.

$9 billion here, $9 billion there....

23 posted on 12/31/2006 8:49:18 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Plains Drifter

As conservatives, we shouldn't lack compassion for the plight of others. We can carefully and intelligently give foreign aid. Uncaring people give conservatives a bad name. The president has clearly shown that he has a heart. One day the world will come to acknowledge this.


24 posted on 12/31/2006 8:53:12 AM PST by Black Republican for Bush (Never trust a democrat with foreign policy.)
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To: shrinkermd
"Comments are missing the point. President Bush did what he thought was right full well knowing that many in his party would be disappointed or angry."

...knowing that the new majority in congress will not recognize or laud the action despite their liberalness.
...knowing that the money will be wasted on an African elite long before a nickle gets to the masses.
...knowing that he will still be rated as 'worse than Saddam' by the majority of Africans.
...knowing that the next UN 'study' on any related subject will denounce the US for not sharing its wealth.

Great investment George but at least it didn't go to mexico.

PS: I KNOW I've read this same article before this posting. (?)

25 posted on 12/31/2006 9:03:17 AM PST by norton
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To: shrinkermd

Buying friends is not a good idea until they get here.


26 posted on 12/31/2006 9:05:43 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: shrinkermd
And all of the money goes to corrupt tin-pot dictators. Foreign aid never goes to the people who need it.

And the funny thing is Bush will still get blamed for one thing or another anyway.

27 posted on 12/31/2006 9:08:57 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: ca centered

If this administration was smart, they would start allying with Ethiopia for PR purposes. I'm not saying that the country should be treated like Great Britain, but we have more in common with them than we do typical third world places.


28 posted on 12/31/2006 9:30:32 AM PST by Democratshavenobrains
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To: shrinkermd

And we still haven't found what we're looking for.


29 posted on 12/31/2006 9:31:16 AM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: ARE SOLE

Money wasted. I wonder in whose pockets most of it goes. Bush spends our money like a Democrat. This and other spending, along with amnesty for foreign criminals and support of CFR, speaks for itself.


30 posted on 12/31/2006 9:36:32 AM PST by Dante3
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To: shrinkermd

The AIDs money is a bribe so that African countries will allow Direct Foreign Investment and so that their economies can be regionalized into the trading blocs the soviets, er internationalists are slavering for.

See the Doha round negotitations for details.


31 posted on 12/31/2006 9:38:04 AM PST by hedgetrimmer (I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: shrinkermd
Completely unsurprising and most welcome.

The narrow minded types who want their $30 back haven't got a clue.

32 posted on 12/31/2006 9:45:25 AM PST by JasonC
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To: All

Good for President Bush. As an evangelical, I am very pleased.

Sadly his good efforts will not be applauded by the liberal blacks or by the extreme conservatives.

He did the right thing but with no hope of any kind of payback. Now there is someone with character!


33 posted on 12/31/2006 10:17:15 AM PST by ClarenceThomasfan (It's like a plantation - and you know what I mean!)
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To: Bon mots

I'm with you on this. All foreign aid should be stopped and that money returned to US, the taxpayers.

We should not be forced into paying for other people's and country's lack of self-sustaining capabilities.

You want to feed the Africans, shelter the poor Asians? Then donate to charity and left my money alone!


34 posted on 12/31/2006 10:59:41 AM PST by Toggameid
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
And the funny thing is Bush will still get blamed for one thing or another anyway.

Why? We can always blame Clinton!

35 posted on 12/31/2006 11:07:11 AM PST by A. Pole (M. Boskin: "It doesn't make any difference whether a country makes potato chips or computer chips!")
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To: shrinkermd
Comments are missing the point. President Bush did what he thought was right

When I see him using his OWN money for this pet project I'd agree.

Spending other people's money on what they think is right is a DEMOCRAT perspective.

36 posted on 12/31/2006 11:10:10 AM PST by Centurion2000 (Not one of those seasonal Festivians. I practice the Airing of Grievances daily. Often on this site.)
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To: Black Republican for Bush
"...We can carefully and intelligently give foreign aid...."

Explain how to do this? My experience is that giving people things and solving their problems only prolongs the inevitable.
37 posted on 12/31/2006 11:18:17 AM PST by PeterPrinciple (Seeking the Truth here Folks.)
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To: ClarenceThomasfan
Good for President Bush. As an evangelical, I am very pleased.

Evangelicals don't want the president to protect the rights of US citizens as guaranteed by the Constitution?

I think Clarence Thomas would disagree with your position.

If you look up the WTO, Doha and TRIPS and Africa, you'll see that Mr. Bush is doing this EXACTLY for the 'payback' US taxpayers will fund, for the globalists to collect. He never does ANYTHING that defends the rights of American citziens, that I can tell.
38 posted on 12/31/2006 11:47:08 AM PST by hedgetrimmer (I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: Black Republican for Bush

As a white conservative I'm tired of paying the world's bills. The infrastructure of this country is in need. Our seniors in this country are in dire need of help. Our military is in need of this money. In this country alone in the last three decades we have given three trillion dollars and what has it got us, nothing. The same goes for Africa. Africa is a bottomless pit that can never be fixed, and if it can, why can't the people there fix it. This conservative remembers back to 35 years ago when I got out of the United States Air Force and applied for government jobs and was told to step aside for less qualified minorities. My coffers and my compassion have run empty for minorities.


39 posted on 12/31/2006 12:42:23 PM PST by Plains Drifter (America First, Last, and Always!!!)
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To: shrinkermd
I do think that is a worthy cause. It is also self-serving since epidemics don't respect national borders.

It's a lovely cause. For charity. Not tax dollars.

40 posted on 12/31/2006 1:52:44 PM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: hedgetrimmer

I can't believe how cold-hearted and stingy some Conservatives are. They are the ones who give Republicans a bad name.

'For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
—Deuteronomy 15:11

Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
—Proverbs 3:9-10

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
—Proverbs 11:25

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will repay him for his deed.
—Proverbs 19:17

Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor
will himself call out and not be answered.
—Proverbs 21:13

Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed,
for he shares his bread with the poor.
—Proverbs 22:9

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
—Matthew 6:3-4


41 posted on 12/31/2006 2:12:34 PM PST by ClarenceThomasfan (It's like a plantation - and you know what I mean!)
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To: shrinkermd
"...full well knowing that many in his party would be disappointed or angry."

I'm one of them.

Bush continues to be a very big disappointment. His legacy may well be the sinking of the good ship GOP. Abandoning conservatives produced the recent midterm election results. Nice work, Bush/Rove/Mehlman.

42 posted on 12/31/2006 2:17:12 PM PST by Czar ( StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: ARE SOLE
When we give millions and billions to other countries, does anyone actually know where it goes and if it does any good or what politicians of that country are stealing it for themselves? K.Annan and Co. comes to mind.
43 posted on 12/31/2006 2:20:32 PM PST by fish hawk (. B O stinks. That would be body odor and Barak Obama)
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To: ClarenceThomasfan
What ever happened to "give a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for life".

If you really want to be compassionate, you teach them to fish. You do not keep giving them MY fish. Keep doing that, and you are taking fish out of my children's mouths.

Impoverish me to make yourself feel better and I've got nothing left to lose. You really don't want that...

44 posted on 12/31/2006 2:22:40 PM PST by Dead Corpse (Anyone who needs to be persuaded to be free, doesn't deserve to be.)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
I don't see how spending billions of dollars on Africa equates to "caring".

I don't agree with sending more money to Africa. But what else would equate with "caring" if not that? Is he supposed to send them Christmas cards or fly over there and read them stories?
45 posted on 12/31/2006 2:34:57 PM PST by Jaysun (I've never paid for sex in my life. And that's really pissed off a lot of prostitutes.)
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To: ClarenceThomasfan

There is nothing 'conservative' about the global socialism you are preaching, and the global socialism that the president is practicing.

Donate your OWN money, which is what the Lord is asking YOU to do. DO NOT STEAL from others to assauage YOUR conscience, or to LINE YOUR POCKETBOOK with your foreign investments!


46 posted on 12/31/2006 2:35:00 PM PST by hedgetrimmer (I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: ClaireSolt

"I'd personally contribute to Ethiopia. They made my day this week."

According to the CIA World Factbook, Muslims are between 45-50% and Christians are between 35-40% of Ethiopia's population.


47 posted on 12/31/2006 2:36:18 PM PST by jamese777
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To: shrinkermd
I seem to recall fierce attacks in the press against the Administration for failing to put enough Africa spending in the '02 and '03 budgets. They were pretty ugly about his "hypocrisy" in promising a post 9/11 initiative against aids and poverty in Africa as part of the PNAC strategy of draining the swamps.

Gee, could it be that those attacks were UNFAIR and BIASED in light of this low-key, non-politial giving since?

It seems the administration was simply looking for effective programs amid all the corruption, instead of just throwing money to around to score short-term domestic points, as Democratic Administrations have done. The money has increased as they have found those programs.
48 posted on 12/31/2006 3:52:11 PM PST by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: Wiseghy
Yes, I remember those too. I think the President knows he is swimming upstream when he sends money to Africa for AIDS and other purposes. Part of the silence is probably by preference!

But I really do admire someone who does what he or she believes to be best regardless of the social ambiance he or she is enmeshed in. Bravo President Bush!
49 posted on 12/31/2006 4:35:16 PM PST by shrinkermd
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To: ClarenceThomasfan

Shame on US? No pal, shame on YOU! You conviently leave out one of those pesky 10 Commandments - THOU SHALL NOT STEAL!
Which is precisely what your holiness is doing with regards to these policies which by the way do NOT work, are unconstitutional and prevent solutions that can and do help the poor from being enacted.

On a related note, how much of your OWN money have you donated to said causes? Not a damn penny I'm willing to bet. Easier to argue for politicans to steal it from others rather than endure some personal sacrifices. Once again, shame on YOU!


50 posted on 12/31/2006 4:53:01 PM PST by KantianBurke
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