Trent Lott, Tom DeLay, and their Republican ilk have condemned the Clinton administration for its recent declaration of AIDS as "a national security threat," saying it's just a Democratic election-year grab for votes from a key demographic. It's true if you take only the most literal sense of the phrase "national security threat"; there is scant likelihood that foreign adversaries are right now developing a super-hardy strain of HIV to dump in American water supplies. Still, that right-wing dismissal shows how blinkered we are about the AIDS pandemic's worldwide presence--a staggering viral sweep with many pockets of concentration that have expanded far beyond urban gay white male voters, the group Lott was presumably spurning as a special interest. The most horrifying area, right now, is probably the sub-Saharan region of Africa, where people are dying... More >>>