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Bush Has Quietly Tripled Aid to Africa
Increase in Funding to Impoverished Continent Is Viewed as Altruistic or Pragmatic
By Michael A. Fletcher
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 31, 2006; Page A04
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.
four African nations -- Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt and Uganda -- rank among the world's top 10 recipients in aid from the United States.
Although some activists criticize Bush for not doing more to end the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, others credit him for playing a role in ending deadly conflicts in Liberia, the Congo and other parts of Sudan.
Meanwhile, Bush has overseen a steady rise in U.S. trade with Africa, which has doubled since 2001.
Originally posted by dgtempe
Where i come from, the dictator gave every housewife a toaster a couple of years ago...
See what i mean?
Originally posted by darkbluesky
vowed to double that increased amount by 2010 -- to nearly $9 billion.