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Opening Arguments

I guess you know this means war

Wow. Guess the administration is finally serious about fighting terrorism. We are actually going to send in 3,000 troops to . . . oh, wait, never mind:

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.

What in the world was I thinking of?

During a Senate committee hearing on the strategy to combat ISIS on Tuesday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey noted that there are circumstances which could force him to recommend that the president reconsider his objection to U.S. ground troops serving in a combat role in Iraq. Those conditions, moreover, seem likely to materialize.

Following Dempsey’s comments, the administration immediately sent out a statement reaffirming their political commitment to avoid committing U.S. ground troops engage in combat against ISIS. So even if Americans engage in combat, they will not be serving in a combat role. That’s clarifying.

"War against terror," so over. "War on ebola," bring it on!

By the way, is anybody else getting tired of the "boots on the ground" euphemism for "combat troops in harm's way"? Sounds so damn tidy.


Frank Keller
Wed, 09/17/2014 - 8:40am

For some reason I can't quite get my head around the idea of sending 3000 troops into a non cureable disease area? How do you build treatment centers while your wearing a biohazard suit? If the troops catch the disease do we treat them there or bring them home for treatment(remember we just built all those treatment centers)? Seems there is a chance of expanding the problem here in our country, when there are already according to reports that there are over 200,000 individuals that can travel from the affected countries to the US.  

Also agree with your "tired of boots on the ground" statement. Its worse than the business saying of "when the rubber meets the road"

How if you have our troops going on missions with the locals, getting shot at or killed do you say that they are not combat troops?  Does this mean no hazard pay, or is there a combat zone? 

seems that this administration needs an opticalectomy as they need a little window in their bellybutton so they can see.