George W. Bush’s Legacy on World Aids Day 2010

Posted: December 2, 2010 by Rick Hogaboam in Politics
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Yesterday, Dec. 1, was World Aids Day. I don’t have all the links here, but I came across some articles that from surprising sources that lauded President Bush for his commitment on the AIDS issue, even suggesting that his legacy is linked with the his efforts on the issue more so than Iraq. Jeffrey Shapiro has a piece where he cites more comprehensively the various news outlet’s response to Bush on World AIDS day (link).

Here’s part of the article:

According to Frist, Bush’s PEPFAR initiative may have saved as many as 10 million lives.

When I saw President Bush speak at the Miami Book Fair last month about his new memoir, “Decision Points,” he told a small audience that his reasons for PEPFAR were two-fold. The first reason was to enhance the national security of the United States because, according to the president, when America helps other countries it creates allies instead of enemies. 

The second reason was, “to alleviate human suffering and show compassion because it was the right thing to do.”

That’s because the underlying criteria for many of Mr. Bush’s presidential decisions was making the world a better place, not just for Americans, but for the entire human race.

In fact, before he left the White House, President Bush renewed PEPFAR in July 2008 — which tripled the original act’s funds to $48 billion and even expanded the legislation’s aim to combating malaria as well. 

As a result of Bush’s mission to prevent AIDS in Africa, the U.S. was able to expand its overall human rights role there, condemning the killings in Darfur as “genocide,” and proactively discouraging regional conflicts in other African countries.

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