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Why Oh Why Are We Ruled by These Liars?

Problems with the Bush AIDS initiative. How serious are these problems? I don't know:

Mercury Rising: Gosh, What a Surprise: George W. Bush basically started his own AIDS-fighting program so that the funding wouldn't go to providing nasty evil things like condoms and sex education.

That's the official story, anyway.

Seems there was another reason, and if you've been paying attention the last six years you can probably guess what it is:

No accountability.

President Bush's ambitious AIDS-fighting program in poor countries has pushed so hard for fast results that basic record keeping and accountability often went by the wayside, making it hard to judge the true success, according to government audits and officials. Investigators found the three-year-old, $15-billion program has overcounted and undercounted thousands patients it helped or was unable to verify claims of success by local groups that took U.S. money to prevent the spread of disease or care for AIDS victims and their children.

Makes you wonder how much of the money never quite made it all the way to the services it was intended to provide, doesn't it? Specifically, how much of it ended up in the wallets of people who contributed to the Bush Administration?

Is it irresponsible to speculate? It would be irresponsible not to.

I think that the important point is that the Bush administration has tried as hard as it can to make it impossible for us to ever know.