Obama has made a career out of disrespecting the military, and his latest blunder comes in conjunction with the Ebola crisis. Many Americans scratched their heads when Obama sent thousands of U.S. troops to Ebola-stricken West Africa yet refused to put boots on the ground to combat ISIS in the Middle East. Then, the President made another audacious move by requiring a 21-day quarantine of military members returning from West Africa, but allowing health workers to walk back into American society without so much as a check-up.
Obama based his differing quarantine mandates on the fact that health care workers fighting Ebola are “special volunteers,” eluding to the fact that he does not hold the same opinion of enlisted men and women. Apparently, Obama finds the efforts of civilian medical workers more generous, important and noteworthy than the those of the servicemen who risk their lives for this country. Obama remarked:
“When we have volunteers who are taking time out from their families, from their loved ones and so forth to go over there because they have very particular expertise to tackle a very difficult job — we want to make sure that when they come back that we are prudent, that we are making sure that they are not at risk themselves or at risk of spreading the disease — but we don’t want to do things that aren’t based on science and best practices. Because if we do, then we’re just putting another barrier on somebody who’s already doing really important work on our behalf. And that’s not something that I think any of us should want to see happen.”
Lets get one thing straight: every man and woman serving in the United States armed forces is a volunteer. They may not have chosen the ridiculous tasks Obama assigns them, but they certainly signed on to risk life and limb for our country of their own accord. They also sacrifice a great deal of time away from their families and loved ones, but apparently Obama doesn’t care in the slightest.
The President dismissed claims that he was insulting the military by placing them under mandatory quarantine that civilian health care workers do not have to endure:
“It’s part of their mission that’s been assigned to them by their commanders and ultimately by me, the commander in chief. So we don’t expect to have similar rules for our military as we do for civilians. They are already, by definition, if they’re in the military, under more circumscribed conditions.”
Rebekah Gleaves Sanderlin, an Army wife and board member for the Military Family Advisory Network, was rightfully appalled by Obama’s statement. She told The Hill:
“The President’s comments on the differences between the quarantine policies for members of the military and civilian volunteers seemed to dismiss the fact that every member of military has, indeed, volunteered to serve. In pointing out that the civilian volunteers would be sacrificing time away from their families, the President failed to consider that military members also have families and in this, our 13th year of war, most have already sacrificed years away from their homes and the people they love.”
Susan Reynolds, a columnist and Air Force wife, echoed the same sentiment. “We are an all-volunteer force,” she said. “To say that we’re not volunteers as well is insulting to us. To say that those healthcare workers’ time with their families is more valuable than the time that my husband spends with me and our son — it’s very insulting.”
As the Commander-in-Chief of the world’s most revered military power, do you think Obama should show our brave servicemen more respect? Sound off in the comments section.