Google “Obama appoints Ebola czar” and you’ll see links to hundreds of critical articles.
Nothing like Mr.-Cave-to-Republicans-Since-Day-One to go into the November election caving again. Way to rally the base, huh?
As Jeff Sacks wrote today:
There is no case for an American Ebola czar, least of all another political “fixer” who has no expertise in public health. This is just another case of the Obama administration putting politics before substance, and cowering at the idiocy and vileness of the Republicans in Congress.
The CDC is the world’s pre-eminent public health institution, and Tom Frieden is a consummate professional. And yes, the CDC is overstretched in this epidemic and under-funded, given the relentless attacks on “government” by the Republicans in Congress. And yes, a hospital in Texas performed poorly. These are not signs of disaster; they are signs of the suddenness and unusual circumstances of the Ebola epidemic.
The sad reality, however, is that during his administration, Obama has been so insecure, so incapable of bold leadership, that he has, in the end, sided with the Republicans on the budget cuts that have put the CDC, USAID, and even the World Health Organization (WHO) in danger —the latter because of the U.S. unwillingness to fund the UN properly. Therefore, when the crisis hit, the U.S. and the world were not ready for it.
This is just downright painful to watch.
Oh, and P.S. – I heard on CNN about an hour ago that banning flights is now “on the table” in the White House, something Obama was adamantly against: Ebola: Obama will increase airport screenings, won’t ban West Africa flights.
Expect another cave even though no public health expert says a flight ban would be a good idea. Why? Because Obama = ring in nose led by Republicans.