My views on how we currently supply financial aid to Africa, which most often does nothing but create wealthier tyrants, are well documented in columns here, here and here.

But I have to admit that Bob Geldof’s article in Time is a good read in that it actually points out some fatal flaws that allows our mistakes to happen over and over again — though I’m sure it wasn’t intended that way.

Geldof’s rather long piece had me from the opening lines:

I gave the president my book. He raised an eyebrow. “Who wrote this for ya, Geldof?” he said without looking up from the cover. Very dry. “Who will you get to read it for you, Mr. President?” I replied. No response.

It’s that kind of mutual “touche’!” with which male friendships are born.

But Geldof helps highlight Bush’s involvement in Africa (where he says Bush has done more in Africa than any other president) with these words about how little of it has been brought to the attention of the American people:

It is some story. And I have always wondered why it was never told properly to the American people, who were paying for it.

Uh, that’s why it’s never told properly to the American people — because we’re paying for it, and the money disappears as fast as it’s sent.

That it even needs to be told to the American people in the first place could be construed as evidence of an across-the-board lack of demand on our part for accountability as to where the hell our money is going, and more importantly, if it’s doing anything but creating richer anti-American thugs in Africa.

And the fact that all this needs to be brought to our attention by the former singer for The Boomtown Rats just adds to the perplexity.

At any rate, it’s an interesting essay, and you can read all the pages of it here.

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