A couple days ago members of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sat in front of congress and continuously testified they had no intention of blocking air traffic — or even recommending it — from the 3 West African countries currently seeing thousands of Ebola related deaths a week. According to CDC Director, Tom Frieden, it would be too hard to screen people if they travelled by boat, so they have to take planes.
This is interesting because when a congresswoman finally asked the official military representative on the panel if screening and tracking was doable from their point of view by boat, he was trapped and replied, “Tracking?” As if he didn’t hear the question until she began to repeat it and he interrupted, “Uh, yeah, we have ways to determine a person’s itinerary and travel history through the questioning or review of the passport.”
Of course they can determine where a person’s been whether they come by boat, plane, car, train, or on foot into the country. That’s the whole point of a passport. The excuses Frieden gave that day to congress were clearly rehearsed. It was as if the panel — who, along with the US Government, all own intellectual rights to Ebola — wanted as much of the disease as they could get on American soil by the fastest method available. Travel restrictions were out of the question.
In Obama’s weekly address this morning he sang the same tune. As far as the president is concerned, cutting off travel from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea is inconceivable:
“We can’t just cut ourselves off from West Africa… Trying to seal off an entire region of the world — if that were even possible — could actually make the situation worse.”
No, Obama would rather encourage travellers from a disease-ridden part of the world to come to America — as long as it’s by plane — even though he stated in the same speech, “What we’re seeing now is not an outbreak or an epidemic of Ebola in America.”
Luckily, Obama and his cabinet have their own view on how to fight disease:
“The president issued an executive order and a letter to Congress that said he’d deemed it ‘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.’” —Politico.com, (Oct. 16, 2014).
Right now America has 540 active military troops on the ground in West Africa “fighting Ebola” and the above statement says Obama is prepared to send a lot more — up to 3000 very soon according to reports.
Let’s take a second to put this in perspective, if that’s possible. What in the world do armed American troops have to do with fighting a medical condition? Are they there to implement martial law on foreign soil? Are they supposed to shoot Ebola? Maybe they can begin some drone airstrikes where mass amounts of innocent citizens are murdered and then claim Ebola — the coward — was using them as human shields?
It doesn’t make sense. There is no reason for Obama to be sending soldiers — with no medical experience — to a foreign land riddled with a deadly disease. This is a huge health risk to every one of those soldiers and therefore America when they return; and a huge waste of America’s money in sending them.
Could there be other reasons Obama’s sending troops to secure West Africa?
With the American government — well, all governments — you have to learn to look a lot deeper than what they’re showing you on the surface, even with huge stories like this Ebola extravaganza.
“The issue of oil in west Africa, notably in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea have become increasingly strategic both to China who is roaming the world in search of future secure oil import sources, and the United States, whose oil geo-politics was summed up in a quip by then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970’s: ‘If you control the oil, you control entire nations.'” —F. William Engdahl, (Oct.2, 2014).
Aw yes, Texas tea. Where soldiers are, oil is. It never fails.
By Olan Thomas of Cut2TheTruth.com.
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