Though I am hopeful that the candidates will address America's future involvement in Africa, most of their foreign policy discussions have thus far focused on Iraq and Iran. Africa must not be forgotten.
Why are both parties, who have repeatedly spoken in favor of increasing foreign assistance, now so quick to propose slowing down or canceling aid that can help fight urgent disease threats and restore America's battered image abroad?
The Bush administration has offered $100,000 worth of aid to hurricane-battered Cuba; this is but a pittance compared to what is needed by one of our closest neighbors. Someone should remind Bush that the Cold War is over.
The Bush Administration should go after the Myanmar junta for not letting well-meaning foreign governments deliver relief-- except that the Bush Administration did the same thing when we needed relief.