Never let a crisis go to waste, the Obamunists say — especially not a potentially major crisis like Ebola. How best to exploit it to achieve Obamunist objectives when it is for the most part limited to an African backwater where neither the USA nor anyone else has any strategic interest? Simple: send thousands of US troops into the middle of the epidemic.
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.’
How exactly are soldiers expected to combat a virus?
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.
They need 3,000 troops to supervise moving some stuff, but only a total of 1,600 to deal with the Islamic State. Evidently no troops at all are needed to prevent the southern border from being overrun.
Why not let Africans do whatever it is the troops will really be doing? Maybe Africans don’t want to contract the deadly disease, and like the United States Africa Command have a policy of staying away.
AFRICOM already warns its own personnel that they should ‘avoid nonessential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.’
Given that virtually everything Obama does regarding the military appears to be explicitly intended to destroy morale, this could be a stroke of genius. After pacifying Iraq at the cost of thousands of American lives, Obama turned it over to the terrorists, who are now staging public executions of US citizens. Now instead of fighting the terrorists to reclaim a critically important region, the troops are sent to fight a virus in a hellhole of no strategic value whatsoever.
There is good reason West Africa used to be known as the White Man’s Graveyard. There is no better place to contract a terrible disease. Prior to the discovery of quinine, Europeans could hardly set foot in sub-Saharan Africa without dying of malaria. Now Ebola will do the killing.
It won’t only kill our troops. Disease is fought with doctors and scientists, not soldiers. But soldiers are well suited to bring the disease over to the USA.
Degrading the morale of American troops may not be the only objective. By election time, we could be looking at a headline like this on Drudge:
Or maybe despite his radical anti-American background Obama means well, but just happens to always do the worst thing he can possibly get away with without triggering a revolution just through sheer incompetence. It’s still possible.
On tips from Bodhisattva and Petterssonp.