Aiding Africa

In your article "Pain Amid Plenty," you write that this year the U.S. will give more than $800 million to Ethiopia: $460 million for food, $350 million for HIV/AIDS treatment and $7 million for agricultural development [Aug. 18]. To put that amount of money in perspective, let's take a look at what we are currently spending on the war in Iraq: $100 billion a year, or $8 billion a month, which is $275 million a day. So we spend the equivalent of our entire foreign aid to Ethiopia for one year in less than three days in Iraq. What does this...

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