(picture: Macleans photo essay)
As I see the increasing numbers of US Troops deploying to Liberia to *fight* the ebola outbreak, I have to ask: What does that mean? WHAT is their defined mission in Liberia? What are their Rules of Engagement? Is this a combat mission? Humanitarian mission? If it is 'humanitarian' do our Troops even have fully locked and loaded weapons with which to protect themselves against the freaked out local community?
Of course, if the mission is to claim the hearts and minds, that begs the question: Does ebola virus even have a heart and mind? Hey, enquiring non-scientific minds need to know this. Next question: what protocols are in place - before our Troops even leave US soil - to protect themselves against this unseen virus? What inoculations have they been ordered to take, (you know, that they will suffer the consequences of for the next forty years.) If the care and attention given to our current Iraq and AFG Veterans is any benchmark, the Troops off to Liberia should be worried - very worried - about after-deployment care.
I don't know about you, but when the Mouth In Chief (oh wait, I mean the Commander in Chief - with all due respect, of course) of the US assures us that ebola is extremely unlikely to make it to US shores, and then have we contacts of the ebola patient in TX on the loose among us, I'm not too confident the government has a frigging clue what it's doing...
Am I a conspiracy theorist who believes this government is engaging in germ warfare on its own citizens? No, but I DO believe that this government is being less than forthright with us all, with information we NEED TO KNOW.
So many questions, so little time.. In that time, take a look here..
From Stars and Stripes:
101st Airborne soldiers heading to Liberia for Ebola fight
The Associated PressPublished: October 6, 2014