Monday, October 13, 2014
Why Hasn't Obama Nationally Addressed Ebola Safety Measures?
The Ebola virus has already claimed thousands of lives in West Africa. Recently, a health worker from Liberia who had Ebola entered the United States with the virus. A major threat to national security, the patient was locked down in the Dallas Hospital. Unfortunately, a nurse tending the patient somehow contracted Ebola, the first contraction case in the United states.
Now that the virus is in the U.S., Obama needs to act now and address the Ebola Virus nationally. I feel that Obama has underplayed the risk of Ebola entering the United States. Obama should've put flight restrictions before there was already a case, or two, in the United States. U.S. Senator Rand Paul agrees, saying “It’s a mistake. A big mistake to underestimate the potential for problems worldwide.”
Now we can all agree there may be some politics behind a Republican Senator's criticism on the Obama Administration, but aren't there some politics behind Obama's approach to the coverage of Ebola? I mean, when there are thousands of people dying in another country of this disease, and the CDC is simultaneously saying "Ebola is not spread through casual contact; therefore, the risk of an outbreak in the U.S. is very low. ", isn't there a discrepancy: Why can't they contain it in Africa then?
The Obama Administration might be downplaying the coverage of this virus in order to keep U.S. citizens calm. Meanwhile, CDC workers quietly enter the largest airports in an effort to combat the possible entrance of the Ebola virus that could hop off almost any plane. I can't really find much evidence for such intentions, but think about thermonuclear war in the Cold War era. When thermonuclear war was imminent, the U.S. government told its citizens to just get under a table and "Duck and Cover":
In other words, the government was telling everyone that they would be okay, when in reality they would all die in the event of a nuclear bomb hitting the U.S.
So like the Cold War era "Duck and Cover" campaign, could Obama be directing the CDC to downplay the risk of an outbreak in order to calm down the population? I mean, in the first case of contraction in the United States, we don't even know how the virus was transmitted. The CDC said that there was a "breach in protocol", but do we really know if that's the case? What if the CDC is covering up the whole incident? What if there was no known cause of transmission, wouldn't that make the public a lot more afraid than if they said there was a "breach in protocol"? There may not be a lot of evidence for these conspiracy theory like accusations, but if people all fell for "Bert the Turtle", then who knows what lies we could be believing in now? That's why Obama needs to address Ebola and specifically how he plans to stop its entry/spread in the United States.
Do you guys agree with my thoughts? Is it reasonable to doubt the CDC?