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Bush On Aids

He gave a speech today about his plan to fight AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean. The story about it at nytimes.com has Bush “putting aside conservatives’ complaints that the legislation should favor sexual abstinence over condom use as the preferred disease preventative.” That’s not quite right: Bush’s speech praises the “Uganda model” that conservatives (and others) have been promoting, and Bush wanted the House bill to incorporate that model better than it does. The White House’s view is that even if legislation does not require that model, the administration is going to follow it. Conservatives are worried, however, that unless Congress forces it to do something else the bureaucracy will continue a condom-focused policy that won’t work. And they’re especially worried that the bureaucracy will do this after Bush has left office. I go into all of this in an article for the next issue of NR.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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