THE MOST PERNICIOUS VIRUS OF ALL IN AMERICA — WE ARE AT RISK FROM A REGIME LED BY A MAN WHOSE INCOMPETENCE HAS WRITTEN A NEW CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENCY
By Alan Caruba
ALAN CARAUBA’S “OP-ED” BEGINS IMMEDIATELY BELOW:
What does it tell you when Britain and France have stopped flights to and from the nations in Africa where Ebola has become a threat and the United States has not taken a similar measure?
What does it tell you when the President sends 3,
It tells me he has put the U.S. at risk if any of these troops return after having been infected.
As always history has lessons that cannot be ignored. In 1918 and 1919, there was a pandemic of the Spanish influenza that caught nations by surprise, infecting an estimated 500 million people and killing between 50 and a 100 million of them in three waves. It began in the U.S. in March 1918 at a crowded army camp, Fort Riley, Kansas.
As American military troops -- living in close proximity to one another in such “camps” while being trained for combat (in Europe) in WW I -- were transported to other army camps, the disease spread quickly even before they were assembled on East Coast ports on route to France.
They in turn brought this infectious virus to the trenches of war in Europe.
The second wave struck in 1918 at a naval facility in Boston and at the Camp Devens military base in Massachusetts. October 1918 was the most deadly month in which 195,000 Americans died. The Harvard University Open Library notes that the supply of health care workers, morticians, and grave diggers dwindled and mass graves were often dug to bury the dead. There were subsequent outbreaks in 1957 and 1968.
And what about contemporary America today?
At some point, 3,000 U.S. troops will be returning, from West Africa, to military facilities here at home.
Thus far we have been fortunate to have identified the case of the Ebola victim who had entered the nation from Liberia, but there are few guarantees that more will not be found or deterred:
For example, the October 4rth (2014) issue of the Washington Post noted that “Since July, hospitals around the country have reported more than 100 cases involving Ebola-like symptoms to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Largely unknown is that 90,000 Americans die annually from preventable infections they acquire while in hospitals!
The concern about illnesses entering the U.S. is particularly true of our SOUTHERN BORDER which remains POROUS.
Thank goodness Texas has taken measures to tighten its border security, but I am reminded that the Obama administration sued Arizona when it attempted to increase its security against the influx of illegal aliens.
Obama is the President who engineered an invasion of thousands of children and others from Latin America, and then distributed them to various states without informing their governors or other authorities of who and where they were.
Not surprisingly -- as an unintended consequence of this cynical application of "executive authority" -- cases of an ENTEROVIRUS RESPIRATORY DISEASE, AFFECTING SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN, have been reported around the nation in recent months.
Obama has no regard for the sovereignty of the nation or its immigration laws.
This is the same President who has made it clear that he intends to extend amnesty by executive order to an estimated eleven million illegal aliens, but not until after the midterm elections in November.
I doubt that he has the constitutional power to do this; and I hope the U.S. Congress has the means and the will to negate this.
But this isn’t the only threat to the health of Americans:
The U.S. has a healthcare system that is the envy of the world, but the introduction of ObamaCare is already having negative effects on its utilization by (forced) participants, as well as on the former system of privately purchased healthcare insurance:
Hundreds of thousands of Americans who had such insurance have lost it, and those who signed up for ObamaCare are discovering it is far more expensive than they expected.
But talking about a “smoking gun” in this depressing story:
Perhaps the most under-reported story thus far regarding Ebola is the fact that in 2010, according to The Daily Caller, “the administration of President Barack Obama moved with virtually no fanfare to abandon a comprehensive set of regulations which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had called essential to preventing international travelers from spreading deadly diseases inside the United States.”
Among the viral diseases of concern was Ebola.
I want to have confidence in the Centers for Disease Control; but after witnessing the failures of one government agency after another, including the Secret Service, I wish I felt better about this particular agency.
I have no doubt that its staff are seriously concerned and doing what they can to respond to the threat, but I also think that they, and the rest of us, are at risk from a regime led by a man whose INCOMPETENCE has written a new chapter in the history of the American presidency.
[Alan Caruba has a daily blog called "Warning Signs":
Mr. Caruba can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org]
MY OWN RESPONSE TO THE ABOVE COMMENTARY FROM ALAN CARUBA
So let me get this straight...
Little more than a week ago, America’s Community-Organizer-In-Chief assured the frightened residents of the United States that his administration was on top of things, and there was as much chance of the Ebola virus hitting the shores of the U.S. (and then spreading) as Joe Biden getting a much-need brain transplant ...
Well, I’m exaggerating a bit, but Mr. Obama did seem as confident about this matter as he was about the improving U.S. economy under his watch – what with its spectacular 0.15% growth rate, a real-time unemployment rate of 11%, and a record number of American’s on food stamps since he took office.
Of course, this is the same American President who assured voters, over and over again, that under Obamacare, if you want to keep your doctor you can keep your doctor (period!) – even though later evidence revealed that not only did he know he was prevaricating, but his White House acolytes deliberately redacted sections of the unaffordable “affordable health care act” which contained small print disclamers that even Congresswoman Botox, Nancy Pelosi, was unaware of (or was simply too lazy to read).
And let’s not forget all the other depressing events of the last several months which have weakened the confidence of the American people in their President and has his enablers in the Obama White House (including Valerie Jarrett and Susan Rice).
For example, it was only a matter of days ago that a mentally-distressed war veteran jumped the White House fence, walked through an unlocked door to the presidential residence, and visited the East Room before he was finally stopped by an off-duty Secret Service agent.
Of course, the now departed (and likely unemployable) head of the Secret Service, congratulated her fine employees for showing so much thoughtfulness in not gunning down the suspected intruder on the spot (as their training protocol demands) and for not inflicting undue stress on their guard dogs by unleashing them on Mr. Gonzalez (the fence jumper/intruder).
And then only a few days later we learned about previously repressed (hidden) reports of attacks on the first-family and their home. For example, there was the time that someone (never apprehended) sprayed White House windows with a volley of bullets, which likely disrupted Mrs. Obama’s attempt to force ill-tasting organic-grown, eco-friendly lettuce leaves and broccoli on her suffering brood.
And what about the weapons-carrying ex-criminal who joined the President for an elevator ride with him – unvettted and unopposed by the Secret Service agents who were with “POTUS” at the time?
And ironically, it was in the “Center for Disease Control and Prevention” (in Atlanta) where the president confidently insisted that Ebola outbreak in West Africa was not a threat to the nation, with the chances of Ebola appearing in the United States being “extremely low".
Of course, approximately two weeks later, unfolding events once again proved the President wrong – and based on he the latest reports from Dallas that the much-publicized Ebola-virus carrier from Liberia has died, the president was DEAD WRONG!
Would you (metaphorically) buy a used virus from this President?
And despite assurances from the usually capable doctors at the “Center for Disease Control and Prevention”, Doctor Soupcoff has a second opinion:
How is it possible to trust any of the utterances coming from any of the overpaid government bureaucrats appointed by this inept & bungling Obama administration – whether it’s regarding Lois Lerner, the Veterans Administration, the non-war on ISSIS, or the current Ebola-virus threat?
This “gang that couldn’t shoot straight” have done everything in their powers to earn the much-deserved distrust and disgust of the American people!
Of course, from time to time, I do hear President Obama described as "an evil genius" (usually on Fox News), but he isn't either:
He's not evil. He's something much worse ... He is a fool who thinks he's a genius!
Of course, this is not really a question about his intelligence. No one gets to be President of the United States without some degree of intelligence (and perhaps a doctored record of his accomplishments).
One suspects, however, Mr. Obama has always relied more on his alleged "charm and charisma", as reported by an adoring media cabal of Obama worshipers – the new religious cult of liberal journalists who otherwise describe themselves as atheists!
But now his so-called charisma has disappeared for even these Obama religious followers (just view recent editorials and press-conference questions from once-devoted "Washington Post" & "NY Times" flunkees).
More important, the total implosion of his alleged charm is now most evident among American citizens of all political persuasions who now regard him, according to one poll anyway, as the worst President the nation has ever had.
Consider just a few of the ways Mr. Obama's lack of judgment has shown just how foolish he is:
It began with foisting Obamacare on a nation deep in an economic crisis. He did this by telling lies (yes, outright LIES) about keeping one's insurance or physician – PERIOD!
It got even worse when the (unaffordable) "affordable care" website turned out to be a disaster, as well as a site that could easily be hacked to get the personal information of anyone who signed on.
And let’s not forget Barack Obama's infamous "red line" regarding Syria's “butcher” (of his own people), Bashar al-Assad, and Assad's use of poison gas:
Americans and the rest of the world watched this dithering and risk-averse President’s back off in a day's time, thankfully rescued by Russia's Putin who intervened to remove the poison gas.
However, missing in the analysis of that Russian “rescue mission” was the recognition – by the White House, or its apologists in the mainstream press -- that Russia had been Assad's chief support all along.
The Russian's actions were not an “accommodation” with the U.S, any more than Hillary Clinton’s much-reported "reset" with them had any effect on Vladimir Putin’s larger strategic objectives in the Middle East.
In fact, the Middle East has long been foreign-policy quicksand for Obama who thought he could go there, give some speeches, and convince everyone that he was a "friend" of Islam, and that his policies would reverse those of George W. Bush.
And, of course, he got elected in 2008 on that promise.
In hindsight we know that withdrawing all U.S. troops from Iraq simply created the perfect conditions for the Islamic State, ISIS, to emerge.
The president was definitely warned against doing it; but America has a President who does not even want to go to war against enemies who behead U.S. citizens and promise to attack the homeland.
In an excellent new book, "The Russia-China Axis: The New Cold War and America's Crisis of Leadership", by Douglas E. Schoen and Melik Kaylan, the authors spell out the foreign policy disasters that are leading America and the world toward the very real potential of World War Three.
Significantly, Schoen has been a major Democratic Party consultant for three decades; and Kaylan is a widely respected expert on international politics and culture.
And when a Democrat co-authors a book that criticizes a Democrat President from beginning to end, it’s not surprising that the rational-minded pay attention.
According to these authors, there is no way a rebel force can win in Syria. It has had to wage war against both Assad's forces and those of ISIS, the fanatical self-declared Muslim caliphate.
And while neither Russia nor China want to see the ruthless jihadists secure control of the Middle East, Russia has made it clear that "its support of Assad is deep".
And finally according to these authors: "A major Reuters report in January 2014 reported that Russia had stepped up supplies of military gear to Syria, including armored vehicles, drones, and guided bombs, boosting President Bashar al-Assad just as rebel infighting has weakened the insurgency against him -- enabling the very regime that has been willing to unleash bombs (and chemical weapons) on its own citizens!
So the point of all the preceding prattle?
Would you trust the health of yourself, your spouse, your children, and then your grandchildren, to an inept narcissistic know-it-all like Barack Obama – the self-described “smartest guy in the room” -- who isn’t even smart enough to know when he doesn’t know?
Not on my life, or my family’s -- PERIOD!
Nuff said, on these depressing matters, I would think.