December 31, 2006

IF BILL CLINTON WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRRESIDENT...:

Bush Has Quietly Tripled Aid to Africa: Increase in Funding to Impoverished Continent Is Viewed as Altruistic or Pragmatic (Michael A. Fletcher, 12/31/06, Washington Post)

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.

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.

The moves have surprised -- and pleased -- longtime supporters of assistance for Africa, who note that because Bush has received little support from African American voters, he has little obvious political incentive for his interest.

"I think the Bush administration deserves pretty high marks in terms of increasing aid to Africa," said Steve Radelet, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development.


...then W is surely the first African president, though it's symptomatic that Mr. Fletcher ignores Mr. Bush's most important legacy, the special relationship with India.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 31, 2006 10:08 AM
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Bush has received little support from African American voters, he has little obvious political incentive for his interest.

Bush has received little support from Jewish American voters, he has little obvious political incentive for his interest in helping Israel.

Because it is the right thing to do?!

Posted by: ic at January 1, 2007 3:09 AM
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