Bush in Africa

Bush’s Africa foreign policy (along with perhaps India) is one of the few lasting positive achievements of his presidency, though under-rated. He’s laid a foundation for the growing centrality of Africa.Where Bush has failed? Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Southwest Asia, and ASEAN.
clipped from www.washingtonpost.com

The trip will take him to Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana and Liberia as he attempts to highlight his efforts to combat poverty, disease and illiteracy on the continent. Bush in his first term launched a five-year, $15 billion program called the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, that has been widely praised for spreading treatment across Africa. About 1.3 million HIV-positive Africans now receive life-saving medication as a result. Bush also launched programs to increase education and fight malaria.
The president will use the trip to lobby Congress to expand his Africa initiatives, including another $30 billion for the AIDS program in its second five years. He said he will sign a $700 million Millennium Challenge Account contract with Tanzania, the largest so far in the program he created to steer money to developing nations that combat corruption and reform government.

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  1. Why does Bush spend U.S. Tax dollars in foreign nations when there is pervasive suffering at home? If we created jobs, restored industry, and invested in our educational infrastructure than that would create great wealth for individuals to contribute to saving Africans.

    I guess I am confused as to the priorities of this administration. I am sure there is a good reason, even though we are 9 trillion dollars in debt and have to borrow from China and Saudi Arabia to give money to Africa.

  2. JP,

    I hear what you are saying. If he hadn’t cut taxes for the upper percentiles, I think we could have investment in both. As well as of course the Iraq occupation.

    Peace. CJ

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