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Don't order troops to fight Ebola
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Do you get the feeling the United States government is trying to get us all killed?
OK, not all of us. Some of us.
I almost don't know how else to interpret the headlines, whether it's the 167,000 convicted criminal aliens who, despite deportation orders, remain "currently at large," or it's the U.S. consulates in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea who are still issuing travel visas to citizens from these Ebola-stricken nations at a rate of 100 per day.
The White House refusal to exercise elementary precautions to prevent an Ebola outbreak in the United States has become another notorious hallmark of the Obama years. I refer to the administration's failure to prohibit travel from the Ebola-stricken region into our formerly Ebola-free nation for the duration of the horrific epidemic.
Even now, the Obama administration continues to permit 150 travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to land every day, their unimpeded ease of movement our government's top priority.
To keep this utopia moving, the administration has installed temperature monitors at airports. These monitors are expected to check 94 percent of West Africans entering the USA -- and never mind that stealth 6 percent (the Obama administration doesn't).
Most troubling of all is Obama's outrageous order to send U.S. military forces into the Ebola hot zone. At a time when our military has been at war for 13 years, suicide is at an all-time high, post-traumatic stress disorder is out of control and families are being destroyed as a result of 13 years of war, the last thing the president should be doing is sending people into West Africa to fight Ebola.
Just as it's important to understand the thinking behind White House policies that permit a steady flow of potential new Ebola cases into this country, it's important to consider what calculus President Obama used to decide to expose some 4,000 service members and even unspecified numbers of reserve and national guard units to a heightened risk of contracting and dying from Ebola in West Africa -- or bringing it home.
Is there some "national" interest at stake? Is there some military mission in West Africa that the battle-tested, also war-weary 101st Airborne Division or U.S. Marines are specifically suited for? There's no military mission, period.
"Fighting Ebola" is not the same thing as fighting a war. Our troops are trained to fight armed enemies, not infectious diseases. Nor is there any "humanitarian mission" these forces are trained to execute.
Will we soon be seeing U.S. military manning Ebola clinics? This is a question to give night sweats particularly to military families, who, our leaders need to be reminded, are people, too. There is increasingly overt callousness toward American lives, both civilian and military, at the very top of the government pyramid. That's where totalitarians like to live. The air is pure up there, and the people look so small.
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