October 5th, 2013
01:28 AM ET

Bono: AIDS on run because of U.S. leadership

Fareed speaks with Bono about U.S. involvement in the fight against AIDS. Watch the full interview on "Fareed Zakaria GPS," this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

The AIDS stuff – the United States is so far out in front.  You know, you deal with Syria.  You deal with Iraq. You deal with all these quagmires.

Well, guess what? The United States has…your taxpayers here in this country have paid for 9.7 million – 10 million people owe their lives to the U.S., left and right. George Bush started it.  President Obama is finishing it.

This tiny little virus that's wreaked so much havoc in so many people's lives – the greatest health crisis in 600 years is on the run because of American leadership. That's important.

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  1. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    October 5, 2013 at 3:58 am |
    • lucke

      not to mention US ocupied Haiti from ~1920 to 1940, when left it to his puppet and monster, Papa Doc; then to Baby Doc... What good did it make to Haiti???

      October 7, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
  2. Joseph McCarthy

    What in the world does HIV have to do with American leadership? This Sonny Bono sounds like some kind of right-wing fanatic over crediting this country just like the Nazis did Germany back in the 1930's. In fact, we did much more harm than any good worldwide with the ignoble C.I.A. as disease and hunger were both on the increase because of this.

    October 5, 2013 at 8:49 am |
    • Michael Flanagan

      No he is right, America helped a lot in the fight against Aids that's just a fact. The rest of the issues i.e foreign policy have been criminal on a lot of occasions down through the years!

      October 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
      • ✠RZ✠

        Errr, aahhemmm. Let's not forget Time's Persons of the Year.
        Bill Gates, Bono Call on Leaders at World Economic Forum to Increase Global Health Spending
        Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Announces $50 Million in HIV/AIDS Prevention Grants

        October 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
  3. j. von hettlingen

    The older Bono gets, the more he is of a champagne activist! He rubs shoulders with the rich, famous and powerful. He should spend more time with the people he really wants to help.

    October 6, 2013 at 11:59 am |
    • ✠RZ✠

      Not gonna happen. Not even if Alex Amosu were to C-17 airdrop a few skids of bubbly in Garadawa.

      October 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
  4. Gino

    This guy is full of BS. If you want people owe their life to you, stop aiding them because Good deeds are done for the reasons of not requesting anything in return but for love and empathy. Do I have to listen to this guy going on the media and told people that people owe them something because they think they did something good on Sunday while worshiping God. Give me a break. If you are doing good deeds so that you can look good in front of the media, save your time and money because in God's eyes, it is for your own glory instead of his.

    October 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
    • Gma

      At least some ONE got off their butts and did something instead of just reading and posting rude comments. They started an organization and made it easy for others, only if they wish to donate or give their voice. That's all. Don't be so tough on yourself and others. Try to have a good day chap.

      October 6, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
  5. Reason

    Hi HPG.. I had some meaningful thoughts to share with your other viewers and bloggers but you didn't post it. What happened?

    October 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • Quinton

      I bet I can tell you, Reason. I too got blocked because I didn't agree with Sonny Bono on America's "great" leadership. Did you? Besides, other countries are fighting the aids epidemic too.

      October 6, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
  6. george michaels

    Fareed showed his true colors when posed the question to Bono on how he reached the right. Even Bono had to challenge him. What made him think the right did not want to support charitable programs. He did not pose the same question as to the left. This all coming from someone that regularly lectures politicians, parties, even countries on how to manage their affairs. All the while trying to hold himself as a pure intellectual above the fray. His bias and prejudice clearly shows through. What in the world does he think about conservatives ? "How can you reach"

    October 7, 2013 at 8:22 am |
  7. Abobakar Ibrahim

    I reckon we can do with more encouragement and less cretisising(critique).

    October 8, 2013 at 10:20 am |
  8. Blake

    What kind of article is this? There is no coherent point, no relevance between paragraphs. It is nonsensical. It goes "You can deal with Syria. AIDS is because of US leaders." what? No justification, nothing that makes any remote sense.

    October 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Bono, like almost all celebs, lives in fantasyland.

    While there has been some progress, it has mostly been in treatments, and not in behaviors.

    October 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
  10. Reason

    Here is a statistic that will put Bono's words about the American people's help to the people in the developing countries of the African continent in perspective.
    The US is considering cutting back its aid to Egypt which is about a BILLION AND A HALF dollars PER YEAR.
    The aid used to alleviate preventable illnesses in some of the other African countries (other than Egypt) is LESS THAN 1/2 of 1/2 of 1% of the GDP. The reaction expressed in some of the blogs on this subject clearly demonstrated the level of ignorance and bias carried by the media molded brains of those who expressed them.

    October 8, 2013 at 11:03 pm |

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