HOW WASHINGTON WORKS: Information and Publicity are powerful tools of governing in Washington and quite often things are not as they seem. Take for instance the Op Ed in the Wash Post Monday complimenting the Bush Administration for it's Africa policy. Most readers would probably assume that this Op Ed, written by the President of Africare, noted as "a Washington-based humanitarian organization that supports development and relief throughout Africa," would be representing an independent, objective, non-government opinion. Well...not quite. You see as with so many other organizations, think-tanks, and even academic sounding institutes, if you trace the money and the personnel you end up not with truly independent and objective groups and individuals but rather with persons closely connected to and indeed dependent on the very government they are 'complimenting'. Africares for instance gets the majority of its budget from the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID), for all practical purposes an appendage of the State Department and the White House; and its current President who wrote or at least signed the Op Ed is a former long-time AID official whose primary fund-raising job, and thus his own, is dependent on keeping the flow of government funds coming his way. If there were really truth in journalism such insights would be required disclosure when such 'opinion' pieces are published....but of course there is not.