OBAMA'S AMBIVALENCE TOWARD AMERICAN LIFE
President Obama’s unwillingness to ban passage of people from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to the United States unless and until medically certified as Ebola-free; his dispatch of 4,000 American troops to infected regions of West Africa; and his failure to employ full military force to obliterate ISIS reveal a profound lack of concern for, an ambivalence toward the protection of, American life. Any president who truly valued American life would do whatever was necessary to guard against the lethal threat posed by Ebola and by ISIS, but this President has chosen to act long past the opportune moment and inadequately in any event.
Only last week did the Administration first start to employ screening measures at U.S. airports for passengers arriving on flights from the Ebola stricken countries, but those measures are inadequate to provide full protection. They neither take into account passengers who first travel to other destinations and then to the U.S. (e.g., those who come into American airports from flights coming from Europe) nor include detention and testing sufficient to confirm the absence of Ebola in passengers.
Instead, only those coming in from the Ebola stricken countries who have overt disease symptoms are quarantined and then only upon arrival in the United States. We ought not expose any Americans, including fellow passengers and those who serve the nation at the border check points, to the risk of contamination when, instead, we could require passengers from Ebola stricken countries who are ultimately destined for the United States to be screened in detail and certified Ebola free before ever leaving the stricken countries.
Moreover, it is not the role of the United States military to build hospitals and provide medical support. Our fighting men and women should not be required to put their lives on the line to provide medical aid in foreign countries, particularly in response to a disease that is lethal some 70% of the time. Indeed, provision of the means to build hospitals and care for people with the disease could have been given without the additional risk to American lives of placing 4,000 U.S. troops on the ground in the regions hardest hit by Ebola.
The President’s decisions related to the Ebola problem reveal a degree of ambivalence that shocks the conscience because it strongly suggests that he does not care sufficiently about the lives of Americans to undertake common sense measuresto prevent to the maximum extent possible (by quarantine) those who may be carriers of the disease from reaching the United States.
That ambivalence toward American life is also painfully apparent in his failure to act swiftly to annihilate ISIS. We now see the consequences of his indecision and failure to act with overwhelming force. Not only is ISIS continuing to grown and pose a regional threat beyond the organization’s barbarism in Iraq and Syria, but it is also inspiring acts of barbarity in other parts of the world, most notably in France and now, apparently, in Canada. Had Obama acted swiftly and with overwhelming force when ISIS reared its ugly head several years ago, the current crisis would not exist.
Instead, by acting late and with inadequate force, he has simply inspired ISIS to pursue violence around the world. There is no middle ground when it comes to war, a nation must either eliminate its dedicated opponent or suffer the consequences of resurgence and retaliation. Ultimately, Obama’s failure to act decisively has put Americans at risk of an ISIS-related terror on American soil.
All of the foregoing failings speak to a fundamental absence of concern in Obama, a lack of commitment to do whatever is necessary to protect America’s interests (of which there is no more vital interest than the protection of American life). We have seen President Obama work diligently in only a few areas. He fought hard to secure his re-election to the White House. He has worked with far less diligence to shore up support for others in his own party. But he has exerted little time or effort in doing what is necessary to protect the American people. That lack of exertion has cost American lives. Had he acted a year ago with alacrity and diligence the Americans who have died from Ebola and who have been beheaded by ISIS and who have suffered other ISIS related horrors could have been spared those fates.
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