History Shows Ebola Not The Threat That Political Chattering Heads Say It Is

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As much as I enjoy beating this President up for his own personal incompetence and that of his sycophants, we need to put Ebola into perspective.

In 2012—the last year for which we have verified statistics—roughly 92 people a day died on our highways.

So far, one guy came into a Dallas hospital from West Africa after having been exposed to Ebola—having lied about where he had been—and died. He infected two nurses who treated him.

This is definitely a matter of concern, but hardly the political contagion that the Sunday morning TV talking heads seem to think it; nor is it the leading edge of a bubonic plague-like outbreak in our cities.

That said, fixing this would be a lot easier if the citizens actually believed that their government was competent to fix the problems government is actually supposed to fix.

We learned something very important during and after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which smacked down New Orleans.

We learned that if you truly want to be safe from a disaster, you cannot depend on the government to bail you out.

In that case, the single most corrupt city in the single most corrupt state in the entire nation was depending on the usual slate of clowns they had elected to step up and show some leadership–and it didn’t happen.

So they blamed George Bush, who happened to be President.

Never mind that first response to things like Hurricanes and pandemics is from the local authorities.

And in absolute fairness to this President, that is still the case.

It should tell you something about this country that even after the thorough screwing the healthcare system in this nation has taken from the current administration in terms of economics, the Ebola “outbreak” was limited, even though our treatments for this strain of the virus are only experimental.

It goes to show you what a little attention to cleanliness and public health will do. If this had been the late 19th century, the numbers might have been a stark contrast.

The point here is that Ebola is just another in the continuum of threats we face every day, and it doesn’t even rank as high up on the list as bad driving. Not nearly as high.

Those politicians who are seeking some advantage from the very small incident that occurred in Texas are going to find that the American public is a lot smarter than they are.

Can radical jihadists attack the United States with some bio-terror threat?

Of course. So can anybody else who wants to—somebody like the late Tim McVeigh whose weapon of choice was fertilizer and diesel fuel in Oklahoma City. You don’t have to be too technically sophisticated; and if you are willing to die in the process, it’s even easier.

There is, however, a limit to the number of people who are willing to kill themselves along with you.

Here are the medical facts of life.

When we needed an antibiotic in the world, a Scottish scientist discovered penicillin in a moldy petri dish. Scientists from the Northern Regional Research Lab in Peoria, Illinois during World War Two figured out from a moldy cantaloupe how to mass produce it.

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Bombshell: What The New York Times Just Revealed Could Totally Rewrite Debate On Bush’s Iraq War

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Even when it publishes a detailed investigative report that basically says George W. Bush was right in stating there were dangerous weapons of mass destruction in Saddam’s Iraq — even when its own reporters reveal the truth about Saddam Hussein’s deadly chemical weapons stockpiles — the New York Times tries to vilify President Bush by essentially rewriting history and ignoring present danger.

Splashed across the front page of Tuesday’s Times is an article that repeatedly makes clear that one of President Bush’s main, stated reasons for invading Iraq post-9/11 was legitimate. There were WMD’s — chemical weapons, lots of them — hidden in Iraq and discovered by our troops.

What the article also make clear is that the discovery and destruction of Saddam’s chemical weapons caches over many years was, for whatever reason, kept secret.

From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.

In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

In the ongoing attempt to “blame Bush” and cast the former president in a negative historical light, the Times piece attempts to condemn the Bush administration for, essentially, covering up the existence of those WMDs, thus leading to risk and injury for military personnel who found them and were involved in their destruction.

The Times reporter, C.J. Chivers, tries to recast the Bush administration’s justification for the invasion of Iraq as an effort to stop an “active” WMD program carried forward by Saddam.

The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West.

That “active” element of the Iraq War WMD debate is not reflected in New York Times criticism of the Bush administration in the years following the invasion. For instance, there’s this passage from a December, 2003 Times article that featured quotations from outspoken Bush critics:

They say that the administration’s statements that Iraq had chemical and biological weapons that it could use on the battlefield or turn over to terrorists added an urgency to the case for immediate military action that would have been lacking if Mr. Hussein were portrayed as just developing the banned weapons.

“This was a pre-emptive war, and the rationale was that there was an imminent threat,” said Senator Bob Graham of Florida, a Democrat who has said that by elevating Iraq to the most dangerous menace facing the United States, the administration unwisely diverted resources from fighting Al Qaeda and other terrorists.

Ironically, one of the warnings President George W. Bush repeatedly issued when he invaded — that Iraq’s WMDs could fall into the hands of terrorists who might use them against Western nations — ironically, that warning now appears to have been justified.

But in its investigative report, the New York Times gives Bush absolutely no credit for his prescience as it describes how ISIS has seized a critical facility in Iraq and could now be in possession of deadly WMDs:

Since June, the compound has been held by the Islamic State, the world’s most radical and violent jihadist group. In a letter sent to the United Nations this summer, the Iraqi government said that about 2,500 corroded chemical rockets remained on the grounds, and that Iraqi officials had witnessed intruders looting equipment before militants shut down the surveillance cameras.

 

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Bush Plays Golf Too, But His Reason For Teeing Off Might Make Obama Want To Break His Clubs

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Being the president is a fairly difficult job with gobs of responsibility, which is why most Americans don’t mind when the Commander-in-Chief takes a little down time here and there to hit a few on the fairway. The problem is that Barack Obama has more or less moved out of the White House and taken up permanent residence on the golf course, ignoring most of his responsibilities, and making a complete mockery of his office.

While Obama hits the green and wastes taxpayer dollars, former President George W. Bush provides a living demonstration of the definition of class by delivering remarks at the fourth annual Warrior Open golf tournament in Dallas, Texas.

According to Young Conservatives, the tournament features 36 holes and is designed to honor true American heroes: veterans. Bush released a short statement online before delivering his speech at the event saying, “We will crown a champion.”

While the former president certainly had his faults, it’s hard to argue about his love and admiration for the military–something he was famous for during his time in the White House.

Contrast this with President Obama’s attitude toward the military, and it becomes clear he’s not a fan. Obama has repeatedly insulted the men and women of the armed forces by trying to cut their pay, sending active duty members out on tour “pink slips,” and has ignored the advice and counsel of his generals on how to properly deal with global terror threat ISIS.

Hopefully, President Bush’s example will begin to seep into Obama’s pores, snapping him out of his progressive coma and enlightening him to the critical role our veterans play in keeping our nation safe. These amazing individuals certainly deserve more from their Commander-in-Chief.

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WATCH: George W. Bush Just Revealed What Bothers Him The Most About Obama’s America

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Is it the fact that Barack Obama hasn’t sought his advice on how to deal with an inflamed and highly unstable Middle East?

Could it be the relentless barrage of blame that Obama and his supporters have heaped on him?

Watch the interview that Fox News‘ Brian Kilmeade did with President George W. Bush at The Bush Center’s fourth annual Warrior Open golf tournament, and find out what Mr. Bush says bothers him the most about the state of the nation, six years into Obama’s presidency.

Hint: it has to do with American exceptionalism.

 

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WATCH: Pres. Bush Just Exposed Barack Obama’s Major Fail On Islamic Terror In A Big Way

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Seven years ago, before leaving the White House, President George W. Bush issued a stark warning about pulling out of Iraq too soon — a warning that has since proven remarkably accurate in the age of Obama:

Bush, in 2007, had delivered a prescient warning about what might happen if U.S. troops withdrew too early. He said at the time this would risk “mass killings on a horrific scale” and potentially draw U.S. troops back into the country.

Now, in an exclusive interview just aired on Fox News, Bush told Brian Kilmeade how he knew what would happen:

Bush said: “I know the nature of the enemy.”

“Anybody who kills 3,000 innocents and beheads people because of their religion or because of their point of view is dangerous,” Bush said.

In the Kilmeade interview, Bush, in so many words, essentially told the “impatient” and misguided Obama administration, “I told you so.”

Bush II commented on President Obama’s current air campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, saying it’s the result of what Obama didn’t do.  Bush told Fox News that he agreed with Obama’s military advisers who urged Obama to leave a capable, residual force in place when it pulled out at the end of 2011.

By clicking on the video above, you can see what President Bush had to say about his successor’s military moves in the Middle East, as well as his remarks on whether his brother, Jeb, wants to be president.

 

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