Obama's 'partnership of equals' in Africa: Both sides must step up

President Obama, who departs Africa today, has cast his mark on the US-Africa relationship by calling it 'a partnership of equals.' This is more of a goal than reality. Over the past decade the US has squandered its advantage. And Africans bear shared responsibility for economic stability.

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    President Obama, right, walks with former President Bush during a wreath laying ceremony July 2 to honor the victims of the US Embassy bombing in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 15 years ago. Op-ed contributor Kurt Shillinger writes: 'President Clinton moved to open up US-Africa trade, and President Bush made a significant contribution with his program to combat AIDS. So for Obama to hold out the idea of a "partnership of equals” might justifiably leave Africans wondering.'
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