Above and beyond: Obama to send 3,000 troops to Africa to fight Ebola

Above and beyond: Obama to send 3,000 troops to Africa to fight Ebola

[Ed. – We ask one hell of a lot from our military.  In a time of pink slips, funding cuts, poorly conceived operations, and overcommitment, Obama is sending Americans who don’t have the option of saying no to the hot zone of a rampaging disease.  Literally everyone else Obama could send has the option of saying no, at the risk, at most, of losing his job.  Soldiers don’t have that option.  Their only option is to go or face charges, which could result in incarceration, and would most certainly result in punishment, loss of pay, and dishonorable discharge.  No matter what you hear from the media, this will be a morale-killer.]

Under pressure to do more to confront the Ebola outbreak sweeping across West Africa, President Obama on Tuesday is to announce an expansion of military and medical resources to combat the spread of the deadly virus, administration officials said.

The president will go beyond the 25-bed portable hospital that Pentagon officials said they would establish in Liberia, one of the three West African countries ravaged by the disease, officials said. Mr. Obama will offer help to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia in the construction of as many as 17 Ebola treatment centers in the region, with about 1,700 treatment beds.

Senior administration officials said Monday night that the Department of Defense would open a joint command operation in Monrovia, Liberia, to coordinate the international effort to combat the disease. The military will also provide engineers to help construct the additional treatment facilities and will send enough people to train up to 500 health care workers a week to deal with the crisis.

Officials said the military expected to send as many as 3,000 people to Africa to take charge of responding to the Ebola outbreak. …

The World Health Organization has issued a dire Ebola warning for Liberia, saying that the number of afflicted patients was increasing exponentially and that all new treatment facilities were overwhelmed, “pointing to a large but previously invisible caseload.” The description of the crisis in Liberia suggested an even more chaotic situation there than had been thought.

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