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Is It Wise For Obama To Send Thousands Of U.S. Troops Into The Ebola Death Zone?

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Ebola Cases And Deaths Per Day - Photo by Leopoldo Martin RWhen there is a major problem somewhere in the world, Barack Obama loves to show that he is “doing something” by sending a contingent of U.S. troops to the affected area.  But is it really wise for Obama to send thousands of young American men and women into the Ebola death zone?  What are our troops going to do – shoot the virus?  Of course not.  The UN already has 6,000 uniformed peacekeepers in the region, and they are not doing much good.  The truth is that this is a medical crisis that requires medical personnel.  By sending thousands of troops into the heart of the Ebola pandemic, we make it much more likely that Ebola will be brought back to the United States.  Obama should keep in mind that hundreds of health workers have become infected even though they wear protective gear and are trained to deal with Ebola patients.  Our troops have not been trained to deal with Ebola patients and they probably will not be wearing full protective gear when dealing with the general population.  But there are sick people among the general population that could pass Ebola to them.

It is absolutely imperative that we keep Ebola isolated to the areas that it is already affecting.  The number of Ebola victims has doubled over the past month, and there are computer models that are projecting that millions of people could soon be sick if the virus continues to spread at this pace.

Putting medically untrained troops directly into the death zone seems like a very questionable thing to do.  If a single one of them gets sick and brings the virus back home, it could turn out to be one of the most foolish things that Obama has ever done.

On Tuesday, Obama visited the CDC and finally admitted that this Ebola outbreak is “spiraling out of control” and that strong action needed to be taken immediately

President Obama stressed his sense of urgency on Tuesday at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warning that as America scurries to help west African nations grapple with the deadly Ebola epidemic, ‘We can’t dawdle on this one.’

Of course this is something that he should have done a month or two ago, but at least he is finally stepping up to the plate.

However, Obama continues to insist that the chance of an Ebola outbreak happening in the United States is “extremely low”

‘Our experts here at the CDC and across our government agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low,’ Obama declared.

But he described a battery of new biosecurity measures, including toughened airport screening and a growing capacity for lab testing, that will help ‘in the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores.’

He better be right about that.

One thing that Obama has correctly identified is the need to build a lot more treatment facilities for Ebola in the affected regions.  Right now, all of the existing facilities are completely full and there are no empty beds left

Countless taxis filled with families worried they’ve become infected with Ebola currently crisscross Monrovia in search of help.

They scour the Liberian capital, but not one clinic can take them in for treatment.

“Today, there is not one single bed available for the treatment of an Ebola patient in the entire country of Liberia,” said Margaret Chan, the World Health Organization’s director-general.

“As soon as a new Ebola treatment facility is opened, it immediately fills to overflowing with patients,” the WHO said.

Obama’s plan calls for building 17 new Ebola treatment facilities with approximately 100 beds each.

Needless to say, that is not going to get the job done.  1700 beds is going to be kind of like spitting into Niagara Falls if we actually do see hundreds of thousands of cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea by early next year.

But should we give Obama credit for trying to do something about this crisis even though he has waited far too long and his plan is not well thought out?

I am not so sure.

Meanwhile, the WHO said this week that the Ebola outbreak continues to grow “exponentially” and that a billion dollars may be needed to bring it under control.

And one U.S. health official told the U.S. Senate on Tuesday that if Ebola continues to spread like wildfire that we could be “dealing with it for years to come”…

“If we do not act now to stop Ebola, we could be dealing with it for years to come,” said Beth Bell, director of the national center for emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At a Senate hearing on Ebola, she noted that 100 CDC staff are working in West Africa and hundreds more are assisting from Atlanta. “The best way to protect the U.S. is to stop the outbreak in West Africa.”

Most Americans still do not seem too concerned about this virus.

But this is not the bird flu.  This is a disease that is killing more than half the people that it infects.

Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the American doctors that contracted the virus but eventually recovered, says that this is a crisis that we need to be taking very seriously

“From the time I fell sick, just two months ago, the death toll has tripled,” Brantly said, noting World Health Organization estimates of 5,000 cases, with about half of those patients dying from the virus. “In nine months down the road, we are looking at hundreds of thousands, not just in cases, but deaths.”

So what do you think?

Is Obama responding appropriately to this crisis?

Is the world handling this outbreak well?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

  • K

    As you say sending troops into the hot zone, just increases the likelihood of ebola coming into the U.S. Yup that is the plan. Also they prefer to us our own troops as guinea pigs. All those untested vaccines and possible treatments.

  • 123

    Was there an article that mentioned exactly what type of troops Obama was sending in? I don’t see why Obama would insist on sending 3000 infantry soldiers. Rather, I think he would be sending mostly trained engineers to help construct treatment facilities, and maybe healthcare officers that can help train and get the necessary medical staff to run these facilities. There is obviously a risk of one of our own getting the virus, but sitting back and watching it potentially get out of control and come over here is a risk too, I guess.

  • sparpyxx

    besides wanting to spread ebola, isn’t he sending in troops to make sure they keep trading in dollars instead of using another currency

    the bankers are desperate to keep the dollar propped up

  • randyfreedom

    1-get our troops there under the guise of helping. 2-bring the virus back to the us. 3-virus spreads 4-panic 5-martial law 6-economic collapse

  • anonymous

    The thoughtless, careless response from the US government is deliberate. What’s ‘appropriate’ for them is using any crises to further their own bs agenda. US government is as useful to US citizens as the corrupt boondoggling govts of Africa are to their citizens.

    What a lot of people don’t seem to understand is WHY Ebola’s spread so aggressively in Africa, the reasons for this are many but it’s mainly due to inadequate medical facilities, imo. Their hospitals are not equipped, nor their staff trained to deal with stuff like this on this scale.

    I heard this elsewhere and I agree with it, that should an epidemic happen in America you will not hear about it.

  • DJohn1

    How many people have caught a cold because they were at the wrong place at the right time?

    Or have come down with the flu because little Johnny was in school today with the flu?
    The only difference that I can see is this bug is deadly. It has a time frame of 21 days. The people in charge keep saying it doesn’t go airborne. So how come so many health care workers get it and die?
    So we send a bunch of Johnny GIs out there and they catch it. Then they bring it home to the family.
    Then we line the commander in chief up against a wall. Because what he has done is track it back to millions of people in this country. That makes him guilty of treason.
    That does not help when the damage is all ready done.
    That also means all those Congress people out there are just as vulnerable to this happening to them as it does when it happens to us.
    So wakey, wakey, Congress! It is time to do something about it before it becomes a critical life and death situation for all of us.

    • iris

      Agree with all but @ Congress. I think the air they breathe is filtered 50 times before they go to the bathroom. Ebola probably wouldn’t affect their lives even remotely even if it was here on a large scale.

      Did you read the one that came out today about Martin Indyk cashing a $14.8 million dollar check from Qatar? He helped (ran the negotiations) Kerry in the “peace negotiations” between Hamas & Israel, yuk, yuk, yuk.
      This is just one example of the lifestyles of our “duly” elected representatives.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Obama has sworn to get rid of Ebola. Translation: Global disaster straight ahead! 5 billion dead by 2020 for sure! This is the guy who screwed up with old cars (cash for clunkers) and whose wife’s food offerings are rejected by millions of children.

    This is going to go real good… for the virus!

  • Tatiana Covington

    Is it wise? Hell no! Let Africa burn.

    • Jay De La Cerda

      Does that mean you want those African countries to refuse aid?

  • Jay De La Cerda

    President Obama has sworn to get rid of Ebola. Translation: Long fight ahead. Several thousands dead in the coming period. Saving millions of lives worldwide. Great strides in learning how to combat deadly diseases. Increased national prestige for leading the fight against Ebola. From the President who got reelected, approved the execution of Osama Bin Ladin, and got our troops out of Iraq.

  • worldwatchman

    Is THIS the change he talked about? A nation wide epidemic? This stuff is too darn dangerous to be the nice nation to fool around with. Why aren’t other countries stepping up to handle this? It’s in their neighborhood.

  • bjgrove

    After visiting the CDC in Atlanta, Obama played a round of golf at the Peachtree Country Club, according to friend who lives in Atlanta.

  • George

    Makes you wonder if they’re going to implement the “Walking Dead” solution of just killing the victims…Mass graves, here we come!

  • Donald Wilson

    What better way to implement martial law, send in a hundreds of troops into an infected are contract the deadly virus returning troops spread the disease to untold scores of unsuspecting victims. This will give Obama his pandemic and reason to implement martial law. With that the FEMA Interment camps will open and fill to capacity with thousands of victims…as Bill Paxton’s character in Aliens stated so eloquently stated “game over man…game over.” The end….

    Bravo Two Zero out