U.S. Global AIDS, Malaria Efforts Demonstrate Bipartisan Foreign Policy, Humanitarian Successes

Foreign Policy: The House that Bush Built
Michael Miller, consultant and adjunct associate professor at the Duke Global Health Institute

“…[George W.] Bush’s vision for defeating global AIDS and malaria is more than a humanitarian success story — it is a foreign policy success story that has profoundly redefined our relationship with sub-Saharan Africa. … The fact that [President Obama, during his State of the Union address,] singled out malaria as worth his and Congress’ special attention in his final year is significant. … Such a watershed against malaria and the progress the president noted against global AIDS would have been impossible without the United States, and after seven years of support for [the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)], the president also deserves credit for this success. This success is about much more than Americans’ generosity, though; it is the combination of Bush’s humanitarianism and his basic work philosophy that to this day makes all the difference. … What the president didn’t say but should have is that America’s leadership has become indispensable. That our leadership is of great consequence to humanity and especially to Africa. And that he will hand off responsibility for that leadership to the next president, who should also embrace it as a remarkable and now bipartisan foreign policy and humanitarian success story” (1/25).