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Bush in Africa

Postby weruche » Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:01 pm

February 19, 2008 -- Critics of President Bush who contend that his policies have caused the world to revile America would do well to note the adulation now greeting him on his five-nation tour of Africa.

Thousands have lined the streets to cheer him, fairly smothering him with public affection.

As Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete told Bush: "The outpouring of warmth and affection from the people of Tanzania that you have witnessed since your arrival is a genuine reflection of what we feel toward you and towards the American people."

There's a good reason for that display of gratitude and friendship: Thanks to Bush's little-heralded African initiative, "hundreds of thousands of mothers' and childrens' lives" have been saved from HIV and malaria, said Kikwete.

Indeed, the president's disease-prevention program throughout the continent, and his economic-partnership incentives for nations that move toward democracy and attempt to end corruption, have been among the Bush administration's notable foreign-policy successes.

Which doubtless explains why they've gotten so little attention from the national news media.

In particular, the president's anti-AIDS program has made real inroads in what remains Africa's deepest health crisis.

Shockingly, the Democratic-controlled Congress has refused Bush's call for that program to be renewed. Why? Because, in addition to providing greater access to antiretroviral drugs and condoms, it also seeks to educate Africans on the need for marital fidelity and for sexual abstinence before marriage.

That message brought howls of protest from those who have long opposed any inclusion of abstinence as part of safe-sex education.

Since Bush took office, the program has spent $18 billion on AIDS prevention; he wants it expanded to $30 billion for the next five years. But Congress at this point seems disinclined to renew the incentive at any price.

That's unspeakably short-sighted - endangering the lives of thousands upon thousands of people who desperately need the help that America can provide.

As the president said, "It's a program that has proven effective." Congress, he demanded, "should listen to leaders on the continent of Africa . . . analyze what works, stop the squabbling and get the program reauthorized."

Without delay, we would add.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/02192008...rica_98313.htm
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