The Obama Administration made a very controversial announcement on Monday night: The President will be sending 3,000 U.S. troops into West Africa, where the deadly Ebola virus is killing thousands.
The White House released a statement late last night:
“U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts. A general from U.S. Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated 3,000 U.S. forces.”
Obama is scheduled to fly to Atlanta on Thursday, where he will meet with the CDC to discuss his plan for U.S. aid in ebola-stricken Liberia. Unfortunately, at this points, his efforts are too little too late. Health officials have been unsuccessful in containing the virus and it is expected to keep spreading. Sending troops to the hotbed of Ebola infection at this stage in the game will likely end in very little progress while claiming American lives.
This report comes as Obama continues to pull troops out of the Middle East, a move that has served to reverse all previous progress made in the region. His objection to fighting dangerous terror organizations like ISIS, while at the same time sending troops to an Ebola danger zone, has garnered opposition from military leaders.
One Pentagon official told MailOnline:
“The president has ordered us to help, and we’re eager to do it. Now it looks like we’re going to be the lead dog, and that’s bound to make a lot of people nervous. It’s understandable. But no one wants U.S. personnel enforcing someone else’s martial law if things go south and the entire region is at risk. At this point in a response like this, we would normally play a support role for USAID and the CDC.”
Half of the deaths resulting from the Ebola outbreak have occurred in Liberia, where Obama is sending troops to render aid. The G.I.’s are expected to supervise the movement of medical staff, supplies and heavy equipment, while helping to construct hospitals where Ebola victims can be treated.
Do you think Obama is right to send U.S. soldiers into harm’s way? Is he letting the blood of Africa, which runs through his veins, cloud his judgement? Sound off in the comments section.