“It is true Bush is going to spend a sum of money . . . surpassing any his predecessors committed to Africa, and yet he will never be liked on this continent,” read an editorial in The Nation, Kenya’s influential daily. “In Kenya especially, America has become a dirty word. . . . Africans respect power, of course. But there is something they respect more. Wisdom. They are not sure what they are seeing in the White House represents anything close to that.”
Quick- name some wise African leaders. Quick, name the wise policies that have made Africa the paradise it currently is. It is amazing to me that a continent whose key leisure activites are machete massacres and burning people alive while they are held in place with a used tire, where some states have a population in which 40% are afflicted with AIDS, and where you are hard pressed to find a self-sustaining stable democracy that people are this mad about the War in Iraq. This has been fomented by the elites- the same professional protestors that are everywhere. The article even makes that clear:
In Uganda, which Bush will visit briefly on Friday, ordinary people are proud and happy to have an American president visit. But they see Bush’s interest in Africa as simply part of his war against terrorism. Already, intellectuals in newspapers and on the radio in Uganda have characterized him as a “cold fish,” who does not really care about Africans.
We really are living in a post-modern world- perception is more important than reality. Go read the whole article- the deck has been stacked against this administration, and nothing he does will be good enough for many of the African elites. In that regard, I guess they are more sophisticated that many people would guess- they sound just like Gore voters.