U.S. to Commit Up to 3,000 Troops to Fight Ebola in Africa

Under pressure to do more to confront the Ebola outbreak sweeping across West Africa, President Obama is expanding military and medical resources to combat the spread of the deadly virus.
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1 2018-11-29 20:43:48 - mt

We've trained them to expect to have to do nothing. The US taxpayer will foot the bill and the military industrial-complex will fatten even further. Never mind decaying infrastructure at home and growing jihad abroad.

2 2017-10-29 11:19:00 - Des Johnson

No, we must not "do whatever" we can to curb this disease. We have enough problems to worry about, like ISIS. You people act like we're just made of money.

1 2017-07-04 10:53:23 - Robert

You might be in the minority but you are also correct. Our troops never catch a break. And when they come home they're met with six-month waiting list to see a doctor at the V.A. Sad but true.

19 2017-06-29 13:20:31 - Pooja

Wrong. The U.N. is a figurehead organization with no real assets and no effective backup capacity other than what comes directly from member states. All first world countries will be called on to defeat this disease. The U.K. is doing the same for Sierra Leone, a former colony of theirs, and France is aiding Guinea. Relax and enjoy the ride, friend. This is something we have to do.

1 2017-06-17 19:18:46 - Azimuth

What astounds me is that you're simply complaining about how a soldier could die and the value it gives that soldiers death in the eyes of the living. So in a Nutshell it is better for a soldier to die potentially while killing the "enemy", rather than to potentially die by being exposed to a deadly disease. And you're also mad that the military was cut, and they didn't get everything they were promised, or that they risked their lives for. Don't blame this on one man, read your history mam. watch a movie mam. Many people are displaced, and will not have the luxury of getting any assistance from the government as you will no doubt be entitled to some. Do I think it sucks, you bet. But, I like the fact that our military is being used for such a cause. These are people are ravaged, and they are carrying a disease that if we don't shut down soon we will all be affected somehow. The world failed the people, the disease.

0 2017-06-17 00:07:17 - Anna

Liberia is far into the throes of corruption. The only free market there is the black market.

3 2017-05-11 08:17:12 - Michael F

Reading these comments makes is deeply depressing. Even among educated and articulate Americans, it turns out there are wildly divergent views on what, if anything, America should do in response to Liberia's direct appeal to the United States, with almost all commenters whining either about how it's too late, or about how dangerous this is to our troops and how wrong it is for America to go this alone.

The highly trained U.S. military is perfectly equipped for this mission, and there will not be American soldiers dropping like flies from Ebola.

Whatever happened to America's pride in humanitarian leadership? Apparently, it disappeared, along with so much else, in the "I've got mine" ethos of the times.

46 2017-05-07 19:11:12 - Emile

That's more troops than he committed to fight IS. If he draws a red line that Ebola can't cross, that oughtta fix it. If that doesn't work, #ebola. What a putz.

5 2017-05-03 02:28:27 - ChangeBack
Sorry, but ISIS is a gnat compared to what Ebola can do. A gnat.
0 2017-04-20 23:35:28 - Slipping Glimpser

Thank you, Everything OK. A fine reminder from you to broaden our mental horizons although we may not be able, willing or wish to understand this. It is well said and stated,

0 2017-04-18 09:19:31 - Miss Ley

Are there no Swiss doctors then?

Europeans are the first to condemn America and the first to demand that America fix all the world problems.


2 2017-04-07 04:47:19 - NM

I do not think that we should send our troops. Great way to spread EBOLA in the US. NO TROOPS.

But we should send tons of money and supplies and bio hazard suits etc. But I am totally opposed to exposing our miltiary to this disease.

THis program will end up bringing EBOLA to the United States - the President is not thinking of the safety of this country.

10 2017-03-31 14:30:22 - Judyw

This is a step in the right direction, but it still leaves us far behind Cuba. The Cubans are sending 63 doctors and 102 nurses or other skilled professionals. Shame on us.

45 2017-03-25 19:30:48 - John Williams

In words but not acts.

0 2017-03-21 03:52:38 - Miss Ley

What about Danish exceptionalism? They spend several times more per person per year to help developing countries than the US? And they do that every year, instead of only when the media reports about a problem.

6 2017-03-15 18:11:01 - Zhouhaochen

Exactly! The cost is the same to deploy the military on non-combat missions as it is combat. Only in this case not only can the soldiers get killed, but they can bring the death back with them and expose ALL Americans to it. But that is okay in the warped mind of liberals because it is all about feeling good about themselves for being so humanitarian, at someone else's expense of course.

0 2017-02-25 21:12:38 - Pyronaught

We "COULD" be concerned about every tragedy in every corner of the world, which kill millions of people. But without infinite resources, we "SHOULD" be primarily concerned with tragedies which also have security considerations for the US. Getting involved in the African Ebola outbreak is somewhat hazardous, and IMO, makes it more likely that someone will bring the disease back. Where is the payoff to the US?

0 2017-02-22 19:39:50 - AMB

More money thrown at Liberia.

73% of the Liberian economy is foreign aid. They are a bankrupt country that needed to go to whatever fate was decreed to it. Now more and more to a dysfunctional country. Isn't it time to top the nonsense.

8 2017-02-22 08:52:51 - Michael F

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