President Obama has just issued an executive order calling up National Guard reserves to deal with Ebola in Africa. Obama notified Congress of his Executive order Thursday. The order calls the “Selected Reserve and Certain individual ready reserve members of the Armed forces to Active duty.”
“I hereby determine that it is necessary to augment the active Armed Forces of the United States for the effective conduct of Operation United Assistance, which is providing support to civilian-led humanitarian assistance and consequence management support related to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa.”
Here is the Executive order directly from the White House website:
The White House also expanded on its justification for not instituting an immediate travel ban from infected countries.
“It would provide a direct incentive for individuals seeking to travel to the United States to go underground and to seek to evade this screening and to not be candid about their travel history in order to enter the country,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
The same President who refuses to send our military to fight terrorists, who have threatened our country, is more than willing to send them into harm’s way to fight a virus that they have no experience fighting.
There are currently more than 500 U.S. troops in the region, and the Obama administration has already authorized the deployment of up to 4,000 more to assist in fighting the virus.
Obama Refuses to Stop Infected West Africans from entering the U.S., but will Quarantine Military upon Return.
As the administration continues their insane policy of allowing West Africans to board planes to the United States, the Defense Department announced that all returning troops from the hot zone will be quarantined for 21 days at a Defense Department facility.
Earlier this week, Radio Talk show host Michael Savage, who has a PhD. from the University of California at Berkeley in epidemiology and nutrition sciences, slammed the administration for sending our troops into the hot zone.
On his show Savage said, “There’s not a sane reason to take 4,000 troops and send them into a hot Ebola zone without expecting at least one of them to come back with Ebola, unless you want to infect the nation with Ebola.” He went on to say, “U.S. government is violating the primary rule of epidemiology by exposing our young men and women to this deadly virus.”
Although many in the media slammed Savage for his comments, ABC News medical expert Richard Besser told This Week Sunday morning that there was a “very real” possibility one of the U.S. troops being sent to West Africa will contract the virus.
Troops will be in direct contact with Ebola Patients Blood.
According to a Fox News report from last week, a small group of military medical technicians will have to handle infected blood samples, which Pentagon officials acknowledged could put them at risk of becoming infected.
Pentagon officials insist these medical teams will be the only individuals who will be intentionally handling raw materials that could be infected, but they have not said whether these technicians will be quarantined away from other military teams in the area.
Gen. David Rodriguez, the head of U.S. Africa Command, told Pentagon reporters, “Those people are trained to the very highest level of operating in a nuclear, biological, and chemical arena, and they are tested continually.”
21 Day Quarantine may not be enough to Contain the Virus
All of this comes as a new Drexel study, published in the journal PLOS One, suggests 21 days might not be a long enough quarantine period for those who have been exposed to the Ebola virus.
The research, which was conducted by Professor Charles Haas, PhD, and used data from both previous outbreaks and the first nine months of the current outbreak, claims that there’s a .1 to 12% risk of a quarantined person developing the virus if they are released after 21 days.
Another study, conducted by the World health Organization, showed that 3% of Ebola incubations occurred in the period of 21 – 42 days after exposure.
With so many unanswered questions about this virus, and after seeing the complete breakdown of our emergency preparedness agencies and hospitals, it is beyond negligent to continue to allow people from the infected areas in West Africa into this country. Since our government is unwilling, and I believe unable to protect the public from danger, I hope people learn from this experience and take steps to protect themselves for future troubles.
This whole thing is starting to stink of traitorous conduct. Sending our military to become infected, bring them back and house them on military bases to infect more military all over the USA, then send the National Guard to get infected so they cannot defend the states against Federal martial law efforts to confiscate weapons. Do we have any non-homosexual military officers? Are ALL of them, along with Congress castrated eunuchs? Will NONE of them fight for the Constitution and right thinking? Gutless bastards.
Will be very surprised if military goes for this. Probably why he went with the National Guard. Most are not the same mindset as active military.
This guy is an absolute joke.
Will somebody in congress or senate, please stop this man from destroying our people and this nation? So far, since he’s been in office, I haven’t seen him make one decision that is for the good of this country. And this pertains to all issues.
These are ‘short deployments” and then they return to home-areas. The results can be (ebola spread into the USA public) and it ‘can be devastating). The problem is (and other newses have said it). WHO said today that ‘they screwed-up because the people handling the various protection suits and the “severity’ of the wrong contacts (even the slightest) can spread the ‘ebola’ case. The National Guard Reserve ‘Unit’ that is on the deployment roster, “needs to go-over-the-hill” on this one. Refuse the deployment until “all aspects of the mission are 100% clear”! You are dealing with a ‘medical’ things that can kill “everyone it comes in contact with”! The “Obama Executive Order” sounds like a ‘real indirect terrorist plot’ on the American People! It is time for “everyone’ to stop that until “the American People” can be assured that “non-of-the deployed are ‘infected’ and then come-back un-detected and free of the “virus’! Over – :I
The ‘above’ comment is a “first draft”. The bottom line is: I do not think that the National Guard should be deployed to west africa because ‘the troops’ can be infected, and in-turn bring that problem back to the USA. Over -:I
What can be done? Do you have to impeach him? Ebola is a disease that flares up and has for over 10 years in Africa. Yes, more should have been done back 10 years ago and now it has reached crisis. But, he is creating an expensive nightmare sending the Army and next, the National Guard.