President Obama has signed another executive order.
The latest directive authorizes the Pentagon to use reservists and National Guard troops to respond to the Ebola efforts in West Africa.
Since last month, Obama has been sending thousands of troops to Ebola-ridden countries in Africa. The administration says troops are not being directly involved in offering aid, but developing infrastructure to help healthcare workers who are already working in the region.
Critics have suggested that bringing in the military would only lead to more conflict between the locals who often feel uneasy when subject to oversight of a foreign army, and humanitarian personnel. This pattern of behavior has already been seen before, sparking doubts this one mission would be anything different. Then, there’s another problem: the military often relies on bloated budgets to perform duties that – particularly in this case – could have been carried out by specialized personnel on a much smaller budget.
While there are more cons than pros in following through with this campaign and sending even more military personnel to the region, Obama doesn’t seem to care.
The question regarding this particular move that appears to be left unanswered is exactly why does the president think sending in troops to West Africa would be a better deal to everyone involved when the odds are definitely not in his favor? What makes Americans so certain they ought to be involved in every single problem that pops out in other countries?
From ISIS to Ebola, the United States has been putting itself in the role of the excessively zealous captain reacting out of passion rather than a rational assessment of the problems at hand.
Too much multitasking is bad for your health. The same goes for the U.S. government: by trying to take care of the entire world while keeping control of its own territory, the United States will end up failing terribly at both, leaving its citizens to wonder just what their government could have done differently.
Why not ask: why doesn’t it do less?