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It seems the US has realised it can cynically exploit the current Ebola crisis to further increase it's military presence in Africa. Speaking at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia Tuesday afternoon, President Barack Obama declared: “Faced with this outbreak, the world is looking to the United States and it is a responsibility we are prepared to embrace. We are prepared to take leadership on this.” This is, of course a load of horseshit. It's just an excuse to bolster US military forces in a resource rich region.
Business as usual from the US as it continues it's policy of putting military bases and US military assets in strategic locations using humanitarian aid as the cynical excuse. Obamas wife with her "Save our girls" campaign. Now this. The figures show that much more is being spent on getting a military presence in the affected regions than on actually combating the virus itself and searching for an effective vaccine. Also the money available for actual research into ebola comes not from some altruistic fund but from the military budget, i.e. any findings will be used to help further the US bioweapons program.
While in his remarks Tuesday Obama portrayed the massive military deployment as a means of facilitating the work of medical teams being sent to the region, it is not clear that the US even has such personnel available. A White House “fact sheet” mentioned only the dispatch of 65 members of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps to staff the initially proposed hospital for health care workers.
In other words they are sending 3000 troops with weapons to support 65 US medical personnel. Meanwhile china and cuba have already sent a multiple of this number with no military. One wonders how cynical can these people in the state department get?
The Obama administration and the Pentagon have announced the “surge” of 3,000 US troops into West Africa, ostensibly in response to the escalating spread of the Ebola virus in the region.
A direct request for the US military to intervene came from Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who has faced mounting popular opposition over her government’s incompetent and punitive response to the Ebola outbreak. Last month, she ordered the sprawling Monrovia slum district of West Point, a hotbed of anti-government sentiment, sealed by security forces, quarantining tens of thousands of people under increasingly desperate conditions. The action resulted in violent clashes between residents and troops.
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