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Kurt Schmoke

A former mayor of Baltimore City, Kurt Schmoke is Dean of Howard University School of Law.

Outstanding Leadership on HIV/AIDS

President Bush has demonstrated outstanding leadership both at home and abroad in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has to be viewed as a great example of presidential leadership and American generosity. What President Bush did in rallying G8 leaders to increase their commitment to combating AIDS will have a lasting impact on the international community.

It has been estimated that PEPFAR increased the number of people in sub-Saharan Africa receiving effective treatment for HIV/AIDS from less than 100,000 to over 2 million. The impact on children and orphans has been most significant, with estimates of the number of children receiving care internationally exceeding 4 million.

Untold numbers of children have been born HIV-free because of this presidential initiative. When one adds to PEPFAR the commitment made by other countries, the number of people who will receive effective treatment and care will be approximately 24 million. It is humbling to consider the devastating impact on this world if this humanitarian effort had not been undertaken.

The leadership that President Bush demonstrated on this matter may not be fully appreciated now, but it will be viewed as a major act of statesmanship in the future.

By Kurt Schmoke

 |  January 5, 2009; 10:54 AM ET
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Being from New Orleans and going through Katrina, I actually experienced failed leadership.When FEMA was abrogated from the Clintonian legacy and inserted into Homeland Security, it demonstrated a lack of critical intellectual capacity. This manifestation in confronting a domestic catastrophe of unconscionable proportions, at the very least, stalemates his foreign AIDS policy, politically speaking that is. And I am being kind. His obdurate Iraq policy manufactured by the insidious neocon's tendaciousness slipped right through the cracked "patriotic" window of 9/11. His bailiwick bravado ,perhaps, will banter in Jacksonian historical lore only. A footnote if you will. Jackson's mistakes and insecurities came from hardscrabble, at least, not silver. So this faux- cowboy- masquerade and lack of articulation simply had to fail;necessary visionary political expediencies of the presidency escaped him. And now he's backpeddling, a snake oil salesman in the last days? Proof enough.Again, VISION, an absolute necessity of any great president, took swims in the Potomac like Ole John Quinzy Adams. Inscrutable it appears, while TR read a book a day. Abroad,well, ignominiousness took root and his aw shucks mawkishness didn't facilitate complicated international matters or impress the world leaders at all. As we all know right now, the world stage is leviathan, complicated and intricate, beyond his feeble stature.It will take time for our allies to recover from the lack of definiteness of his tenure- though they do have national health insurance. Meanwhile, our fractious,sick,unemployed country has fallen into a multidimensional quagmire, leaving a new administration, my son and all the rest of the flock with a country that doesn't even begin to parallel the genius of the founders, to say the least. Go home to Texas and leave Austin alone.

Posted by: rameesh | January 9, 2009 10:44 PM
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I don't care about his AIDS initiative.

He didn't take care of the US at ALL!

He didn't lead EVER.

He crossed his fingers, closed his eyes, and hoped things would work out.

They didn't.

now we will ALL pay

for DECADES!

Posted by: vigor | January 5, 2009 1:42 PM
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