President Obama issued an executive order on October 16 authorizing the secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security to call up reserve units to active duty to provide support for civilian-led humanitarian assistance operations fighting the Ebola virus in West Africa. The anti-Ebola operation is called Operation United Assistance.
In addition to having essentially no medical qualifications for the newly invented “Ebola czar" post aside from serving as a lobbyist for a pharmaceutical firm, attorney and political operative Ron Klain is under fire after a video surfaced of him declaring that “growing population” — particularly in Africa — was the “top leadership challenge” for the world today. Critics expressed outrage over the comments, especially considering warnings by demographic experts of an upcoming plunge in population caused by a dramatic decline in birthrates across most of the world. But news reports citing insiders suggest that President Obama has even bigger plans for Klain within the administration than exploiting the Ebola scare to advance tyranny.
In a move that further discredits the liberal media, CNN's Jake Tapper admitted that fact-checking wasn't worth bothering with as he made an incorrect claim that radio host Michael Savage was spreading "wild conspiracy theories."
Citing the threat of Ebola spreading further domestically, the largest labor union for registered nurses in the United States called on Obama to “invoke his executive authority” to commandeer hospitals and essentially declare himself to be medical dictator. In a letter to the president, the National Nurses United group, which has faced controversy for its radical activism in the past, called on Obama to “order” all U.S. hospitals to meet “uniform, national standards and protocols” under the guise of protecting patients, healthcare workers, and the public. However, aside from the fact that Obama has no such “executive authority,” critics say forcing all hospitals to follow the same dubious standards is the worst possible idea if protecting people is truly the goal.
As fears rise over Ebola spreading in the United States, President Obama has decided to name an Ebola "czar" to address the Ebola threat. However, despite some strong recommendations, he is still rejecting a travel ban on flights from the three affected West African countries of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.