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Biting the Hand that Feeds You
Roger Bate, American Enterprise Institute, 11-29-04

Bate takes the international community to task for its hypocrisy in criticizing the U.S. for not doing enough to fight AIDS when the U.S. is the single largest global AIDS donor, and other nations are reneging on their commitments. “The G8 group of nations declared last year that the fund should get $3 billion a year, with French President Jacques Chirac proposing $1 billion from Europe, $1 billion from the United States, and $1 billion from other countries. But since European nations have not donated their share, the U.S. has so far paid more than its share--its support has been as high as 37 percent and is currently at 35 percent, exceeding the originally proposed 33 percent.”

It is hard to overstate the animus directed at the U.S. in international donor circles, even as the U.S. is a global leader in the fight against AIDS. The genius of this effort is that as long as people are pointing fingers at the U.S., none of the other stakeholders have to own up to their own shortcomings.



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