Bush awarded International Medal of PEACE

By David Edwards
Tuesday, December 2, 2008 11:06 EDT
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Pastor Rick Warren awarded President George W. Bush the International Medal of P.E.A.C.E. for his AIDS relief program. The PEACE acronym stands for promotion of reconciliation, equipping servant leaders, assisting the poor, caring for the sick and educating the next generation.

The Bush program to fight the world AIDS pandemic is known as The President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). PEFAR has spent $18 million to fight AIDS across the world. Another $48 million has been authorized by Congress.

Ezra Klein of The American Prospect found it somewhat odd to award a “PEACE” medal to a president who presided over two wars.

“There’s no argument that Bush has done some genuine good in pushing America’s HIV/AIDS policy forward, but giving Bush the International Medal of PEACE is like giving the Dalai Lama the International Medal of WAR. You can find a rationale, but it demonstrates a genuinely insufficient sensitivity to irony,” wrote Klein.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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