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Mayfield should have given credit to president’s AIDS initiative

I enjoy Rich Mayfield’s Saturday columns. He’s a thoughtful writer.

While I enjoyed his recent column reminding President Bush to keep his eye on the real and continuing weapons of mass destruction such as AIDS, particularly in Africa, he failed to mention President Bush’s AIDS initiative that the president announced during his Jan. 28 State of the Union speech.

My political views lean moderate to liberal, but I think it’s important to give credit when it’s due.

According to the copy of the speech on the White House Web site, President Bush said, “Ladies and gentlemen, seldom has history offered a greater opportunity to do so much for so many S And to meet a severe and urgent crisis abroad, tonight I propose the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – a work of mercy beyond all current international efforts to help the people of Africa.

“This comprehensive plan will prevent seven million new AIDS infections, treat at least two million people with life-extending drugs, and provide humane care for millions of people suffering from AIDS, and for children orphaned by AIDS.

“I ask the Congress to commit $15 billion over the next five years, including nearly $10 billion in new money, to turn the tide against AIDS in the most afflicted nations of Africa and the Caribbean. This nation can lead the world in sparing innocent people from a plague of nature.”

Whether he just adopted a Democratic plan or twisted the numbers to appear politically beneficial to him, I don’t know. 

But he made the proposal. And there’s been a positive response to it across the world.

Also, the initiative overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives on May 1, while the Senate majority leader has promised quick approval. 

Again, I’m more of a Democrat than a Republican and certainly disagree with President Bush on other issues, but I think he deserves some credit on this one.

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