Can’t we all just get along?
President orders 3,000 troops to Africa to combat ebola.
The United States government is sending thousands of military troops to the west African nation of Liberia as part of the Obama administration’s Ebola virus-response strategy, the White House said late Monday night.
‘U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts,’ a statement from the White House press office said.
‘A general from U.S. Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated 3,000 U.S. forces.’
Some of what America’s armed personnel will do in Liberia is unclear. The White House said ‘many’ of them will be stationed at an ‘intermediate staging base’ where they will supervise the movement of medical staff, supplies and heavy equipment.
Combat soldiers and Marines ‘will be on hand and ready for anything,’ said the official, who has knowledge of some, but not all, of the Ebola-related planning. ‘But hopefully it will be all logistics and hospital-building.’
‘The president has ordered us to help, and we’re eager to do it,’ [a Pentagon spokesman] said. ‘Now it looks like we’re going to be the lead dog, and that’s bound to make a lot of people nervous. It’s understandable.’
‘But no one wants U.S. personnel enforcing someone else’s martial law if things go south and the entire region is at risk.’
Obama fired the former head of AFRICOM when that man tried to send a rescue mission to the aid of our Libyan ambassador. He uses drones to assassinate terrorists rather than permit Special Forces teams to capture and interrogate them. His budget cuts will eliminate 500 majors and 1,500 captains with combat experience – how many of those officers, trained at huge expense, could be kept on with the money that’s now being diverted to this public relations stunt?
The purpose of an army is to use military force to defend the nation; Obama is using ours as an armed Boy Scout troop.