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.