Flight bans and double standards.
Pretend Ebola was emanating from Israel – can anyone doubt President Obama would immediately ban all travelers from America? A few months ago, Israeli airports were shut down at the recommendation of the Obama Administration – hence rewarding terrorists.
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Friday there is no consideration of a travel ban right now against Ebola – and there are currently no Ebola travel restrictions. With the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States there are still open borders to America. The President, who remains so concerned about Jews building homes in Jerusalem, continues to ignore bombs being built in Iran, and a deadly disease emanating from Africa.
For an administration that has failed miserably on all international affairs, some thoughts to ponder:
“We should stop accepting flights from countries that are Ebola stricken,” said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. “Even countries in Africa have cut back on or stopped accepting flights from countries with Ebola outbreaks.” Jindal further asked, “How exactly would stopping the entry of people potentially carrying the Ebola virus be counterproductive? This seems to be an obvious step to protect public health in the United States.”
The Obama administration, however, appears to be indifferent to the public's concerns. Matthew Continetti notes, “Over the last few years the divergence between what the government promises and what it delivers, between what it says is happening or will happen and what actually is happening and does happen, between what it determines to be important and what the public wishes to be important—this gap has become abysmal, unavoidable, inescapable.” On the Ebola threat in particular, instead of sharing in the public's worry, the government suggests that "recommending precautions that the administration says are unnecessary (regarding a disease with a mortality rate of over 50%) is grounds for some to accuse critics of trying to spread hysteria,” as Rick Moran observes.
“This could get beyond our control ... Can you imagine if a whole ship full of our soldiers catch Ebola?” Sen. Rand Paul remarked. He later noted, “A wide open, porous border is not only a danger for national security purposes, it is also a danger for a world-wide pandemic.”
Sen. Ted Cruz said it is imperative that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) take every precaution to prevent the spread of Ebola before the holiday season. He noted that several African countries—in addition to British Airways, Emirates Airlines, and Kenya Airways—have restricted, suspended, or banned flights to Ebola-stricken nations.
Cruz noted, “It is imperative that the FAA take every available precaution in preventing additional cases from arriving in the United States."
“Keeping the American people safe must be our nation’s top priority, and the White House should immediately ban travel from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to contain the spread of Ebola,” North Carolina GOP Senate candidate Thom Tillis stated.
One wonders what can be relied upon from this administration.
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