President Bush earns some praise in the WaPo:
Some remain skeptical of President Bush’s concern for Africa, and there’s no doubt that the United States could and should do more. But the latest report on Sudan from the United Nations offers a snapshot of an issue on which Mr. Bush has been a leader. So far this year the United States has given $468 million in foreign assistance to Sudan, mostly for humanitarian relief in the western region of Darfur. The U.S. contribution comes to 53 percent of all outside donations — a proportion about twice the size of the nation’s weight in the global economy.
A few other countries have been even more generous relative to the size of their economies, notably Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Britain. But the contribution from many others has been embarrassing. How can France, which prides itself on its leadership in Africa, give only $2 million to this year’s U.N. appeal for Sudan — an amount that, when rounded, comes to zero percent of total contributions to the country? Even if one generously ascribed, say, a fifth of the European Union’s donation of $90 million to French taxpayers, France’s share of the total contribution to Sudan comes to a paltry 2 percent.
Mon Dieu! Read the whole thing, including the lackluster performance from the Muslim world.
I’m inclined to agree with James Shikwati (http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,363663,00.html) on this matter. I was unaware we were having a contest with other countries to try and see who could swamp them down with more foreign aid handling bureacracies.
The infidels! Now they are helping muslims in Sudan! Shame on them! How long will it last before terrorists will blow themselves up because of the West’s meddling in the Sudan?
To be fair, we are also providing plane rides for a key architect of the genocide in Darfur so he can consult with the CIA.
Is this another tsumani relief result? Swamp a country with so much money but no goods and no promises of future assistance?
Whats more destructive, a genocidal civil war, a tsunami or a Bush?
Yeah, Chimpy McHallibushler is evil when he gives money, and he’s evil when he doesn’t give enough money. Yeah, we know. Yawn…
He’s only creating more terrorists by giving these Muslims aid money, too!
If there was oil there, we’d give a shit.
Whats more destructive, a genocidal civil war, a tsunami or a Bush?”
Or an idiot without a clue?