The U.S. is sending 3000 Troops to Liberia as part of the Obama administration’s Ebola virus-response strategy. Now he calls it a strategy even though it has not been fully explained what those 3000 troops will be doing.
I find it interesting that he has a strategy to fight a disease, but no strategy to fight a determined enemy. He sent 10% of that amount of Troops to Iraq to protect our Embassy this week while he sends soldiers into a humanitarian medical crises.
The General gist of the deployment is to protect Medical Personnel. I support the effort to provide Aid to where the Ebola outbreak is, I just think sending that many troops into an area that is descending into chaos from disease is a mistake.
The Dr.’s need to be secure but 3000 Soldiers in an area ravaged by plague is not a good plan.
In a Sept. 7 interview on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ he called it a ‘national security priority.’
‘If we don’t make that effort now, and this spreads not just through Africa, but other parts of the world, there’s the prospect then that the virus mutates, it becomes more easily transmittable, and then it could be a serious danger to the United States,” said Obama.
‘At this point in a response like this, we would normally play a support role for USAID and the CDC,’ he said, referring to the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Fox News Channel reported on Sunday that the U.S. military’s emphasis on Ebola prevention, driven by President Barack Obama, has stretched thin most if not all of its other missions.
A senior military official told Fox that General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a recent meeting that ‘the Department of Defense’s number one priority is combating Ebola.’
The network’s source commented that ‘we don’t need to be taking planners away from the CT [counter-terrorism] mission, and that is what is going on.’
Defense spending is down 21 per cent since 2010, the first fiscal year for which the Obama administration presided over the federal budget.
But the president is insisting that the military carry much of the burden in Africa.
This is not the job of the military. This should be a USAID mission only. More info in The Mail