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As a candidate, George W. Bush said Africa was of secondary importance to US interests. As President, he-s on his way to five African countries, and talking of sending troops to a sixth--a nation founded by former American slaves. Despite that historical tie, and Liberia-s ongoing chaos, even Republicans on Capitol Hill have their doubts. Yesterday, Virginia Republican John Warner, chair of the Senate-s Armed Services Committee, said Congress should take a vote before troops are deployed. We weigh the economic, diplomatic and humanitarian arguments for intervention, and the practical reasons for staying out, with a former State Department official, an African-born economist, the head of a US African advocacy organization, a foreign policy expert, and a journalist who has written on the history and 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
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President Bush on his Africa trip

NSA Condoleezza Rice on President's trip to Africa

State Department on Liberia

International Partnership against AIDS in Africa

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