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Ebola Crisis Underscores Lack of Confidence in White House

Monday, 20 October 2014 08:50 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Growing U.S. threats posed by deadly Ebola, ISIS advancements, a nuclear Iran, Russian territorial provocations, and explosive Chinese military expansion would be less terrifying if honest and decisive leadership were on hand to respond.

While it is unfair to scapegoat President Obama for creating these rampaging calamities, there is also no reason to trust him to set effective policies and coalitions in place to resolve them.

Let’s begin with Ebola.

During his September visit to Atlanta President Obama offered assurances that “In the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores, we’ve taken new measures now so that we’re prepared here at home.” He said, “We’re working to help flight crews identify people who are sick and more labs across the country now have the capacity to quickly test for the virus. We’re working with hospitals to make sure they are prepared and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely.”

That unlikely event occurred only weeks later when two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas contracted the disease from Ebola-infected Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan who disproved repeated claims of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that “U.S. hospitals can safely manage patients with Ebola.” National Nurses United, a union which is protesting lack of proper equipment and preparedness reports that 85 percent of nurses surveyed said they hadn’t received Ebola training.

There’s also a severe lack of medical personnel and facilities. It is estimated to require 20 full-time medical staff to care for each Ebola patient. When Texas Health Presbyterian cordoned off its ICU for Ebola it then diverted other emergency patients to different hospitals.

While sending thousands of U.S. troops to Ebola-stricken Liberia, the president and CDC fail to explain dangers to them and to other Americans when they return home. He also steadfastly refuses to suspend travel visas from epidemically affected countries.

Instead, we are expected to rely upon airport screening to detect symptoms which may not appear until weeks after an infected subject’s arrival, along with the accuracy of their responses to travel questionnaires — all the while knowing that Thomas Eric Duncan had falsified his. The U.S. has already issued 13,000 visas for travel to America from the three most Ebola-infected West African countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Ebola can also enter the country through our uncontrolled borders. Commander of the U.S. Southern Command Marine Corps General John F. Kelly warned an audience at the Washington D.C. National Defense University that if Ebola comes to Central America, “it will cause a panic” that is “literally Katie bar the door” with mass migration into the United States.

That dire prospect becomes exacerbated with the possibility that a terrorist organization such as ISIS might dispatch Ebola-infected suicide militants across our permeable borders. Otherwise we will have to rely upon the effectiveness of the president’s new anti-terrorist strategy to mitigate that threat — the one that that didn’t even exist as recently as last September. That’s when in playing down the prospect of any military action in Syria he told reporters “we don’t have a strategy yet” for dealing with Islamic State militants.

Referring to anemic air assaults while refusing to arm beleaguered Kurdish resistance fighters, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest insists that the president’s plan against ISIS is “succeeding”. Unabated ISIS expansionary advances suggest otherwise.

Meanwhile, ignoring advice of top military leaders including U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odinero, Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and Obama-appointee CENTCOM Commander Gen. Lloyd Austin, the White House continues to insist that no American boots on the ground are necessary. Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis has accused the president of tying the military’s hands by taking the ground forces option “off the table, up front."

Once again disclaiming the obvious, ex-U.N. ambassador, now Obama security adviser Susan Rice, has gone on record stating, “There has been no recommendation from military commanders on the ground, or here in Washington, that the United States put ground combat forces into Iraq . . . That’s not come up the chain to anybody at the White House.”

Yes, this is the very same Susan Rice who the White House sent out to blame the 9/11 Benghazi attack on an offensive video and to represent accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl who was traded for five terrorist leaders as someone who served with “honor and distinction”.

Recognizing political mid-term risks, convincing leadership responses to rapidly escalating national security threats are urgently needed immediately. This ultimate public trust, after all, is a president’s highest duty — something that true leaders do.

Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. He is author of “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax,” and his professional aerospace work has been featured on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel-Canada. Read more of his reports — Click Here Now.  



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