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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Bush and Africa: Style and Substance

Don Surber writes:

The left has adopted Darfur as a cause. Good for the left. There are several Web sites out there. One suggests that people wear wristbands. Another suggests that people make videos.

Barack Obama made a video. It is a nice video. This time, I don't think he lifted the speech from Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts.

That's style.

Here is the substance:

"The United States has imposed economic sanctions on seven Sudanese individuals responsible for violence in Darfur and on more than 160 companies owned or controlled by the government of Sudan," the White House said.

Here is some more substance.

"The United States is the largest single donor to Sudan, including to Darfur, where more than 2.5 million people live in camps for Internally Displaced Persons.

"Since the outbreak of violence in Darfur, the United States provided, through fiscal year 2007, nearly $2.5 billion in humanitarian and peacekeeping assistance to that region.

"In FY 2007, the U.S. gave more than $1 billion in assistance to the people of Sudan, including Darfur, and anticipates providing a similar amount in FY 2008.

"In 2007, the United States provided more than 67 percent of the World Food Program's food aid to Sudan, serving more than 6 million people throughout Sudan and eastern Chad," the White House said.

If you are reading that for the first time, you are far from alone.

That is because the American MSM has generally ignored all the good that Bush has done in Africa -- it doesn't fit their narrative -- but as Surber notes the foreign press has been far more attentive.

Read it here.