Bush should keep promise of AIDS money for Africa

What others say

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2003

President Bush had it right 10 months ago when he called for more money to fight AIDS in Africa.

''Seldom has history offered a greater opportunity to do so much for so many,'' Bush said in the State of the Union address in which he pledged $15 billion over five years to the cause. ....

A law passed in May to implement Bush's landmark initiative authorized up to $3 billion in AIDS funding for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. But the president himself only sought $2 billion for the year, arguing that more money could not be efficiently spent. AIDS activists and African leaders strongly disagree. ...

AIDS experts had advised the president that $3 billion a year for five years from the United States could begin to stem the epidemic. After a visit to Africa, Bush vowed that support. Since then, his enthusiasm for the issue has waned. ...

Helping Africa could easily be viewed as part of combating terrorism. ... An uneducated, poverty stricken population could experience governmental collapse and chaos, ripe for recruiters for terrorism.

President Bush had it right the first time. Congress should keep the promise Bush made to African nations and increase its financial commitment. ...

Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, Iowa - Nov. 14

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