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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is authorizing the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The U.S. has already committed to sending up to 4,000 military personnel to West Africa to provide logistics and help build treatment units to confront the rapidly spreading and deadly virus.
Obama signed an executive order Thursday that permits the Pentagon to use the reservists and Guard troops.
Obama also notified top congressional officials of his move.
originally posted by: Irishhaf
As an Air Force Reservist
Also... while guard and reserve folks receive all the same training as active duty... the vast majority are weekend warriors, just because your trained to do something does not mean you are proficient in it... and the middle of an epidemic is kind of a bad time to figure out which you are.
originally posted by: kaylaluv
a reply to: paxnatus
What do you think will happen if ebola is allowed to rage on in Africa? What do you think will happen if ebola spreads to every country outside of the U.S.? What do you think will happen if everyone in China has ebola, and they throw up or sneeze on products that get shipped over to the U.S.? Do you think imports come over here all by themselves? There are people involved in physically bringing them here. What about our exports? Don't you think people are involved in physically taking our exports to other countries? You can't stop every single person or product from coming and going - it would throw us into the dark ages.
The smartest move is to stop it over there before it takes over the rest of the world. Because if it takes over the rest of the world, it will take over us - guaranteed.
Should we take the necessary precautions before letting these guys come back into the states? Absolutely. But it is very short-sighted to say that we shouldn't be sending folks over there to try and stop this mess before it takes over the whole world.
originally posted by: AutOmatIc
I think Michelle Obama should go over there and help treat those people. She would be great at telling them what they should eat, and drink. Especially keeping them away from super big gulps.