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Concerns over enlisting DoD in Ebola response
….According to a senior military official, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said at a recent meeting: "The Department of Defense's number one priority is combating Ebola."
However, a Defense Department source told Fox News that alarms had been raised about the decision.
“We don’t need to be taking planners away from the CT [counterterrorism] mission, and that is what is going on,” the Defense Department source said.
….The efforts come amid dire warnings about the possibility that Ebola could spread, mutate or both.
Obama defended the decision to bring in the military in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” calling it a “national security priority.”
“If we don't make that effort now, and this spreads not just through Africa, but other parts of the world, there's the prospect then that the virus mutates, it becomes more easily transmittable, and then it could be a serious danger to the United States,” he said.
Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, also wrote in The New York Times that a possibility experts are reluctant to acknowledge publicly is that “an Ebola virus could mutate to become transmissible through the air.” It is currently only transmitted by contact with bodily fluids.
originally posted by: drwill
a reply to: soficrow
So, the POTUS says one thing, and the DOD won't back him up. Good cop/bad cop? Or right hand lets the left have autonomy? It is beyond the realm of possibility to wonder if the government has done all the math? Or to guess that they may even have an estimated time-table of what could happen and when? Just speculating here...but could Ebola be part of the plan to deal with various terrorists? "The needs of the few," as Spock said famously. Would be a cracked plan, I suppose. But MSM is still beating the NFL drums, along with many beats for ISIS. Nothing on the volcano in Iceland. Because nothing else really exists for them, now that the media lives in a virtual candy shop of stories. No one is banging the cymbals for Ebola on any news channel. So it must not be a threat, people think (from what I see/hear IRL, Ebola isn't on the radar of many).
So, I can't help but wonder: Are TPTB fairly sure that they will have a vaccine by the time the virus goes airborne?
I may be mis-remembering, but I thought trials for an Ebola vaccine were set to begin this Sept--a Canadian pharma had a contract with the DOD (right?). But trials were d/c'd after the vaccine cased flu-like symptoms. Or some such. Then again, a small US company made a serum, using GMO tobacco leaves: ZMapp.
....This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
...in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.
It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system -- ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.
originally posted by: kosmicjack
a reply to: soficrow
Well, when looking at where resources will be best allocated, whether you are DoD or the President, Ebola will most likely kill the poorest people..who don't vote, can't pay their debt anyways and inhabit countries with lots of natural resources.
It's a freaking sick mentality, to be sure. But that is the sort of false dichotomy that exists within the warped power structure of the elite. If we spent a third of the money on health that we spend on war, we would not even have these questions.