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Doctor: US Troops in Ebola Nations May Face 'Horrible Scenario'

By    |   Friday, 10 Oct 2014 08:08 PM

Iowa's Libertarian candidate for governor, orthopedic surgeon and U.S. Navy veteran Lee Hieb, told Newsmax TV on Friday that little good can come from sending U.S. troops into West Africa "to nation-build right in the middle of an Ebola outbreak."

Hieb, a past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner that having 4,000 military service members on the ground in Liberia and other Ebola-stricken countries could make matters worse.

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"The problem is, we have a tendency to send troops into harm's way for nebulous strategic and tactical benefit," said Hieb.

She said a disease that's been contracted even by well-trained medical professionals — American doctor Kent Brantly and Spanish nurse Teresa Romero Ramos — is a threat to troops that don't have that level of training and might come into contact with infected people.

She also questioned the military's role in managing the epidemic.

"Really. how are we going to use these troops? Do we really need troops to hand out gloves and to be involved in actual patient care? I don't think so," said Hieb. "Are we going to use these troops to provide a 'cordon sanitaire,' where they're just going to keep people from moving from Point A to Point B, in which case, are we going to be in a position where our troops are going to have to fire on civilians?

"This is a horrible scenario," said Hieb.

Hieb said she is not opposed to the U.S. sending resources where they're clearly needed.

"I am opposed to using military troops," she said. "I just don't think that's their mission."

Hieb also discussed her outsider campaign for governor against a Republican incumbent, Terry Branstad, who is favored to win re-election, and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch.

Hieb said that Branstad effectively "owns the electoral process" in Iowa, Hatch might as well not be running, and that both candidates essentially pursue the same policies.

"The only honest competitor for this office is me," said Hieb, a self-described "recovering Republcian."

"I became a Libertarian when I realized that we have two big parties and, in spite of different words they may speak in public, in private they get together and they grow government."

Hieb criticized the Affordable Health Care act as a prime example of ballooning government.

She said that while a governor cannot "undo Obamacare at the federal level," a state can protect and promote its own free-market health care infrastructure "so when this ponderous, untenable system collapses we still have health care, we still have doctors."

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Iowa's Libertarian candidate for governor, orthopedic surgeon and U.S. Navy veteran Lee Hieb, told Newsmax TV on Friday that little good can come from sending U.S. troops into West Africa to nation-build right in the middle of an Ebola outbreak.
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