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Obama Must Own Ebola Fiasco

Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:15 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Isn’t it at least disquieting that President Obama consistently appears to be among last ones to know about major threats to our national security?

Like for example when he repeatedly blamed the “spontaneous” 9/11 Benghazi mortar assault upon “an offensive video”?

Cluelessness struck again when despite missing more than half of his Presidential Daily Brief sessions he told Steve Kroft in a CBS 60 Minutes interview that U.S. intelligence officials “underestimated what had been taking place in Syria”.

Now, as reported in the New York Times, the president is “angry” that people who briefed him on medical information regarding the Ebola threat got it wrong . . . and that the CDC’s response was not “tight”.

This was offered to explain his repeated 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.”

All was disproven only weeks later when two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas contracted the disease from Ebola-infected Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan. National Nurses United is protesting a nationwide lack of proper equipment and nurse training essential to respond to an Ebola outbreak.

Even if President Obama did receive inaccurate information from health officials, that doesn’t even begin to clarify the convoluted logic served up by CDC Director Thomas Frieden to justify delay in ordering a travel ban. When asked by Megyn Kelly of Fox News, “Why not put a travel ban in place?” Dr. Freiden theorized, “If we isolate these countries, what’s not going to happen is disease staying there. It’s going to spread more all over Africa and we’ll be at higher risk.”

Yet South Africa has already closed its borders to non-citizens from Ebola-affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, along with all non-essential travel to those countries.

Cameroon and the Ivory Coast have imposed similar travel bans despite World Health Organization warnings not to.

Dr. Frieden emphasized, ”Ultimately the only way — and you may not like this — but the only way to get our risk to zero is to stop the outbreak in Africa.”

Fine. With that goal, President Obama is dispatching 3,000 American troops to West Africa to build 17 Ebola treatment centers with 100 beds each. A U.S. Africa Command Center will be set up in the Liberian capital Monrovia where advisors will train up to 500 health care workers each week on how to treat victims and their families.

At the same time, why does this in any way preclude the necessity of instituting a travel ban to protect America until such time that the West African crisis is ameliorated?

Public safety concerns reached prime time news after the second of two later-diagnosed Ebola-infected Dallas nurses who had treated Eric Duncan had been cleared by CDC to fly cross country on a Frontier Airlines jet after reporting a slight fever.

Toning down previous opposition, Obama said on Oct. 16, “I don’t have a philosophical objection necessarily to a travel ban if that is the thing that is going to keep American people safe.”

Dismal Obama approval numbers going into final days of a fierce mid-term Senate fight call for desperate messaging that the president is fully engaged with crucial decision processes under control.

As former Obama strategy adviser David Axelrod told the New York Times, “It’s not enough to doggedly and persistently push for answers in meetings . . . You have to be seen doggedly and persistently pushing for answers.”

Just to prove it, Mr. Obama actually cancelled some fundraising trips, other official meetings and even golf outings for a few days in order to focus upon Ebola. Then, presumably after extensive top-level deliberations to review all of the most qualified candidates he picked former Vice President Al Gore, and Vice President Biden Chief of Staff, Ron Klain — a Solyndra subsidy advocate — as his new Ebola Czar.

So if President Obama is really pushing doggedly for answers, here’s yet another big question for him to address. Having claimed to be frustrated about being misled by CDC Director Dr. Frieden and other leading health officials across government, why would he expect the rest of us to be enthusiastic about trusting overall Ebola crisis management and messaging to a political insider with no medical experience, much less specialized epidemiological expertise, whatsoever ?

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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