Just how bad is the politicization of everything these days? In their stampede to criticize Obama for daring to exist, the right-wing is now attacking his policy to help handle the Ebola pandemic in West Africa.
In response to the pandemic in West Africa, President Obama traveled to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta recently to reveal one of the most aggressive responses in U.S. history to a disease outbreak; it includes money, materials, manpower, military, and health personnel. P
President Obama is doing something again, so we all know what that means.
Right-wing media are using President Obama’s plan to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as another opportunity to attack him. Conservatives are calling the president a “hypocrite” because he’s sending “more soldiers to fight Ebola than we are sending to fight ISIS”; labeling the plan “arrogant” because of problems with HealthCare.gov; and accusing him of trying to “change the subject” by “fighting a really bad flu bug.”
Here’s former Representative Allen West, who called Ebola “a really bad flu bug.” I know it’s hard to tell; after all, that was four whole words and not one of them was BENGHAZI! Here’s the Tweet:
Fox News Stupid: The Ebola Edition
FOX twit Eric Bolling (you remember him; he’s the guy who runs up his utility bills every Earth day to tick off people who don’t even know his name) mocked the effort to stop the pandemic:
This just in: President Obama announced his plan to send 3,000 troops to Africa to fight Ebola, and in related news, he plans to send 3,000 hypodermic needles to Iraq to fight ISIS. That’s not that funny, but when you think about 3,000 — get it?
Sean Hannity, who knows all about arrogance, called the plan “a little arrogant” and said that we should be sending the 3,000 soldiers to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Laura Ingraham went further, mocking the plan with game show music:
Not all right-wingers are mocking the efforts. For once, Charles Krauthammer, a man who usually suffers from chronic Neoconitis, said that he “applauded” the actions Obama was taking:
Look, I applaud what the president is doing. This is America at its best. Our armed forces are essentially the biggest NGO on the planet for helping people, the way we did in the tsunami, the way we do in Haiti. It is organized to go and to establish institutions and structures, and that’s what it’s going to do.
Now, the reason that we are doing this is, a, this could destroy West Africa. In other words, it could destroy all of the existing social structures rapidly, because it’s now in urban areas, which has never happened with Ebola.
The other thing, which is unstated because you don’t want to start a panic, is that it is possible, extremely unlikely, but possible that the virus mutates and becomes more easy to transmit, perhaps even by respiratory means. If it does, it becomes like the flu of 1918. So it’s because of that remote possibility, which we don’t even speak about because it is sort of impossible to imagine, that we want to make sure that it stays in West Africa, and deploying the military and all of our resources is a good thing to do. It’s humanitarian and it’s protective.
It should be noted that unlike the rest of yahoos quoted on this page, Krauthammer is an actual physician.