Originally Posted by clairobscur
I don't know specifically about the USA and Darfur, but generally speaking, the concept of interventionism on humanitarian basis was gaining a lot of ground during the 90s in many venues. The war in Irak and its subsequent failure all but killed this evolution.
Just not in the United States. The Canadian General in charge in Rwanda saw the genocide coming, and begged the UN for an intervention. It would have required a remarkably low number of troops, because the people in Rwanda were not well armed (a lot of the genocidal killings were carried out with machetes). He failed to get UN help - primarily due to obstructionism from the Clinton administration and Madelaine Albright.
And anyway, you have it backwards. Aid and support for Africa went nowhere under the Clinton administration. Funding levels for African aid were flat throughout the 80's and 90's. It was Bush
who changed it.
Originally Posted by Der Trihs
Bush is all talk and no substance when it comes to actually doing anything useful. He'd TALK more about doing something, but the most he'd do is set up some impressive sounding agenda and not bother to fund it; that's his pattern.
Do you ever fact-check the stuff you say? Bush has tripled
U.S. humanitarian aid to Africa, and is about to double it again. Spending on disease control in the third world has increased under the Bush administration by a factor of ten. Bush has also pledged 15 billion more to fight AIDS and malaria.
You might want to read what Bob Geldof and Bono
, no friends of the administration overall, have to say about it:
Washington -- President Bush is not a rock star or a producer but he has used the power of his presidency to aid Africans beset by the seemingly intractable challenges of poverty and disease more than anyone on the planet, according to two celebrity activists who are dedicated to keeping Africa's plight in the forefront of world attention.
"[Bush] has actually done more than any American president for Africa," British producer Bob Geldof, who is the leading organizer of the "Live 8" concerts that are being held worldwide on July 2 to raise awareness of Africa's development needs, told Time Magazine recently.
Bono, lead singer of the Irish band U2 and longtime activist for aid to Africa, echoed Geldof’s praise for President Bush as he told an American television interviewer June 26, "[Bush] has already doubled and tripled aid to Africa .… I think he has done an incredible job, his administration, on AIDS. 250,000 Africans are on anti-viral drugs; they literally owe their lives to America."
As for an overall legacy, Bono said of Bush: "If he, though, in his second term, is as bold in his commitments to Africa as he was in the first term, he indeed deserves a place in history in turning the fate of that continent around."
Government statistics indicate that American assistance to Africa -- on all levels, private sector as well as government -- are at an all-time high reflecting an increased awareness of the continent's needs by the president who pledged more funding, especially to combat HIV/AIDS, during a trip to the continent in July 2003.
These are not just promises and talk. This is money and aid already delivered. And Bush did indeed continue providing more aid in his second term - he recently signed a 1 billion dollar aid and development plan with Kenya, for example.
There's lots of stuff to criticise Bush for. But give him credit where it's due. He's done more for Africa than any president in history.