What Does Bono Gain by Praising Bush?
"He's been very honest in his business dealings with me," says Bono. "As has Secretary of State (Condoleezza) Rice, and we did an awful lot of work."Last July, Jeanne at Body and Soul addressed the question:
"George Bush's pose as the great humanitarian -- increasing foreign aid, standing up for human rights -- has always bothered me far more than his military posturing. If Georgie wants to do costumes and codpieces, let him strut his stuff, for all I care (although I'd prefer he kept his fetishes out of my face.)
But pretending to give aid and to care about human rights when you're actually making things worse, is not only hypocritical, it risks making people cynical about the possibility and process of helping others. I've been obsessed for years with the supposed money for AIDS relief in Africa, which even people who dislike Bush sometimes give him credit for. It's an obvious sham. The money has never been allocated in the promised amounts, and what has been spent is frequently wasted on name brand drugs and grants to inexperienced religious groups.
I knew that. But it's worse than I thought.... How in the world do Bush and Company have the nerve to claim to be supporting AIDS treatment, when they're not coughing up any funds? Well, it depends on how you define "support."
To people who define "supporting the troops" as sticking flags on their bumpers, I guess that makes sense.
But keep it in mind when you see headlines about Bush proposing "New Spending to Assist Poor Africans."
And while we're on the subject, could someone please tell Bono to stop being such an enabler?"
Considering this administration's dismal human rights and environmental record and the damage done to our world, like Jeanne, I'm wondering what benefit Bono derives by providing pro-Bush sound bites to the press.