Along the Tracks

Monday, June 30, 2003

Martin’s selective memory

On “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” (aside: Is it just me, or would the show be better as “This Week with David Brinkley” even though Brinkley is dead?), Michel Martin dismissed the upcoming Bush trip to Africa, saying more important than appearance is substance. I couldn’t agree more - which is why her comments were so baffling, and it was so frustrating that time constraints allowed her statement to go unchallenged.

She seems to have some blank spot in her brain concerning that “substantive” Clinton Africa policy, which, in a nutshell, was “Let ‘em die.” Oh, but he felt their pain and expressed his concern. That really fed a lot of people. That really cut into the AIDS crisis (while it was still within the world’s power to halt before devastating the continent, as it now has). That really stopped the bloodletting (Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Congo, Somalia, etc.). That really kicked out the terrorists (Kenya, Tanzania and countless smaller examples).

I am more convinced every day: Many on the left are less concerned about helping people than they are at sounding noble while blasting conservatives. Bush’s agenda of action for Africa is more “progressive” than even the words of Bill Clinton, yet libs like Martin criticize him in comparison to the ex-pres. Ridiculous.

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