From Nashville Public Radio:
Troops from the 101st Airborne Division leading the military response to Ebola in West Africa will only need gloves and masks to protect themselves from the deadly virus, so said Gen. David Rodriguez at a Pentagon briefing Wednesday.
“They don’t need the whole suit – as such – because they’re not going to be in contact with any of the people,” the commander of U.S. troops in Africa said.No direct contact? There already seems to be some confusion.
Let's take our nugget, and dig a little deeper.
From the UK Guardian, a week or so earlier:
A handful of highly trained American troops will have direct contact with potential Ebola patients in west Africa, thehead of the US Africa command said during a Pentagon briefing on the military’s response to the Ebola outbreak. But a few hours later, the general issued a correction, saying that the troops would only work with Ebola samples.Meanwhile, some Democrats in Congress are already demanding more direct military contact with Ebola, not less. Three of them have sent the president a letter, according to The Hill:
"We write to urge you to consider building on the current response to the Ebola epidemic by allowing military medical and technical personnel to provide direct care to and to come into contact with patients in West Africa," the representatives wrote in a letter to Obama.No full protective gear, but Democrats want American troops to get all touchy-feely with Ebola patients.
Hold that thought, and turn back the clock.
I remember clearly how the Democrats alleged President Bush deliberately sent troops to war without proper gear. In 2008, Senate Democrats issued a position paper alleging Republicans had "left our troops without sufficient body armor and protective equipment on the battlefield; and severely tarnished America's reputation in Iraq and around the world." Will Senate Democrats be as critical if Mr. Obama's hastily conceived African intervention implodes?
Meanwhile, Obama's already clearing the way to call-up National Guard units for his Ebola mission. Will Lefty bloggers jump on Obama using the same criteria they used to persecute Bush for Guard deployments?
From a NetRoots blogger, circa 2009:
National Guard and Reserve troops have been used extensively in Iraq. This was not what they were really envisioned to do, or what many of them had signed on to do. They often lacked adequate training and equipment. On the other hand, they were cheaper than active duty Army soldiers and were essential to Bush’s strategy of keeping large numbers of troops deployed in Iraq.Barack Obama's setting in motion policies and actions with all the attributes the Left insisted were flaws, or even criminal actions, when troops were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan under Bush.
The Dems were full of noisy protests when Bush was president. But now that Obama's calling the shots, Dems are at best silent, or willfully calling for Obama to double down on the levels of danger U.S. forces will face in Africa.
American voters have one last chance to put a check on Obama and his Democrat allies' power in DC. Midterm elections are just over two weeks away, and in many areas, early voting has already started.
Don't waste your vote. Make it count. Even if it means holding your nose, and voting for a Democrat's opponent who's less than ideal.