KABUL, Afghanistan -- This place should have had real appeal to Sen. Barack Obama. The poverty of the Afghan people is evident everywhere. Racked by decades of Soviet occupation, civil war and an oppressive Taliban theocracy, the country is a veritable centerpiece for one of Obama's legislative objectives: a frontal assault on global poverty.
Regrettably, when Sen. Obama was here last week to play basketball for the cameras, neither he nor any of the media sycophants traveling with him mentioned the Global Poverty Act of 2007, legislation that he introduced Dec. 7, 2007. The bill -- which now has 23 co-sponsors -- requires the president and his administration to "develop and implement a comprehensive strategy" to achieve "the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide … who live on less than $1 per day."
Failing to mention this noble-sounding legislation during his well-staged visit to this impoverished, violence-plagued nation was a missed opportunity for the senator. And even though he declared himself to be a "citizen of the world" during a triumphal visit to Berlin, he again botched the chance to showcase his warm and fuzzy commitment to "promoting the reduction of global poverty (and) the elimination of extreme global poverty."
Now, this is an idea that pretty much everybody can embrace. It's the kind of utopian ideal that might inspire one to build a campfire on the Senate floor while the sergeant-at-arms searches the library for a Peter, Paul and Mary album. The mere mention of the bill that bears his name -- and which passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee April 24, 2008 -- undoubtedly would have brought cheers from the throngs of Sen. Obama's adoring Euro-admirers. He didn't breathe a word of it, however. Why?
Could it be that Sen. Obama didn't want to remind the American people that his landmark legislation was lifted straight from the agenda of the globalists at the United Nations? They call the idea their "Millennium Development Goals." Was Obama trying to avoid questions about how we would pay our share? It would have been nice if the masters of the media who accompanied him here to Afghanistan -- or everywhere else he stopped to take pictures for his photo album -- had bothered to ask.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.