Why are we sending troops to Liberia?

by Justin Raimondo,
October 13, 2014
Antiwar.com

The U.S. government is good at doing what it’s not supposed to be doing – invading other countries without provocation, utilizing “soft power” in order to pull off regime change, enriching politically favored economic interests under the guise of promoting “democracy” – and very bad at doing what it really ought to be doing, i.e. protecting Americans from actual physical harm emanating from overseas.

Overthrowing “rogue” regimes? Check!

Protecting the American people from highly contagious diseases? Forget about it.

Over 300 U.S. troops have been sent to Liberia, the epicenter of the current Ebola outbreak, with 700 expected in the country by the end of October. As many as 4000 are projected to be part of the effort eventually, although officials maintain that this number is likely to be variable. Their purpose? According to this Associated Press report:

“The Marines and their aircraft will help with air transportation and ferrying of supplies, overcoming road congestion in Monrovia and bad roads outside the capital, said Capt. R. Carter Langston, spokesman for the U.S. mission. A priority will be transporting building materials to treatment unit sites. The U.S. has said it will oversee construction of 17 treatment units with 100 beds each.”

So we’re sending hundreds, possibly thousands of U.S. soldiers in order to … direct traffic?

Senator Rand Paul has challenged this policy, raising the possibility of a planeload of U.S. soldiers exposed to the virulent Ebola virus returning to American shores – and spreading the virus in this country, with catastrophic results. He’s been attacked for this by the Obama-loving media for “scaremongering,” as the Daily Beast’s Sally Kohn puts it:

“Rand Paul, mind you, is a doctor and should know better than to spread skepticism or downright misinformation about public health issues. But instead, he is using Ebola to not only attack President Obama (as are other Republicans, natch) but to push his extremist anti-government agenda that goes beyond healthy skepticism to tin-foil hat conspiracy land.

“Though here it’s worth noting Rand’s hypocrisy – the health workers who are contracting Ebola don’t have adequate protective gear, something the United States might be able to help with if we would actually fund public health and foreign aid instead of slashing it.”

A Dallas health worker who did everything but wear a suit of armor while treating the first U.S. patient has now been positively diagnosed with Ebola. Is noting that fact “tinfoil hat conspiracy land”?

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