With thousands of US ground troops heading to Liberia to “fight Ebola,” President Obama is planning to unveil a new Executive Order later today which will allow the deployment of active duty and reserve National Guard troops to Liberia as well.
The National Guard forces are being sent with an eye toward the creation of 17 Ebola treatment centers. The Pentagon says the execute order will speed deployments and allow the president to send more troops “as needed.”
This is the overseas part of President Obama’s “much more aggressive” campaign against Ebola, which also includes a domestic component, and will include the creation of an “Ebola SWAT Team” at every US hospital that has Ebola patients.
Publicly, President Obama is trying to downplay fears of an Ebola outbreak as pointless hysteria, while privately he is convening emergency meetings and deploying thousands of troops abroad to fight the virus.
Dissatisfaction over the president’s Ebola crackdown is expected to be a major political problem in the mid-term election, which is likely to fuel more high-profile actions in the days and weeks to come.