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O'Reilly: Ebola And Obama Administration Incompetence

BILL O'REILLY: Why the government is putting all Americans in danger:

From the very beginning, the Obama administration has screwed up the Ebola situation. From the very beginning.

We back that up with the timeline: December 6 in the West African country of Guinea, the first Ebola patient was identified. Called patient zero, a teenage boy, he dies.

A few months later: March 24, 2014: Authorities in Guinea report 87 suspected cases of Ebola. A week later Liberia confirmed two cases of Ebola, and Sierra Leone also reported cases.

On October 1, the organization Doctors Without Borders warns that the Ebola contagion was "unprecedented."

On that same day, the Obama administration should have begun formulating a strategy to deal with folks coming from West Africa to the U.S.A. The Obama administration did not do that. The first public mention, the first one from the Feds, came months later, on July 28:

JEN PSAKI, STATE DEPT: On Ebola, we continue to monitor the outbreak of the virus, we're taking every precaution, of course as would be expected. A month earlier on June 23, Doctors Without Borders declares Ebola "out of control" in West Africa.

BILL O'REILLY: On August 2, Dr. Kent Brantly, an American doctor treating patients with Ebola was flown to Atlanta for treatment of Ebola, he gets the disease. On August 5, a second U.S. citizen, Christian missionary Nancy Writebol, was flown to Atlanta from Liberia for Ebola treatment. Still no public statement from President Obama. No coordinated strategy to protect the Americans. Nothing.

In mid-August, Nigeria, Senegal, a number of other African countries close their borders to Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Also in August, British Airways and Air France suspended flights to those countries. What did the U.S.A. do? Nothing.

Finally, on September 16, President Obama musters enough energy to make this statement:

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I want the American people to know that our experts here at the CDC and across the government agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. are extremely low.

BILL O'REILLY: Four days later, Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan entered the U.S.A., flying to Dallas through Brussels and Washington-Dulles Airport.

On September 28, Duncan is hospitalized in Dallas, where two days later he is diagnosed with Ebola. There were no travel restrictions on Mr. Duncan. None at all.

On October 8, Duncan dies and one of the nurses who treated him, Nina Pham, is diagnosed with Ebola.

On October 15, another nurse who treated Duncan, Amber Vincent, is diagnosed with Ebola. Both nurses have been cured thanks to great medical people.

On October 17, Dr. Craig Spencer, 33 years old, who was treating Ebola patients in Guinea arrives back in the U.S.A. The CDC reports the doctor passed the Ebola screenings at the JFK airport set up to protect us. Dr. Spencer is not quarantined. Dr. Spencer, working directly with Ebola patients in Africa, was not quarantined for 21 days and is allowed to roam around New York City unattended.

Yesterday, Dr. Spencer calls 911 and is taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he is diagnosed with Ebola. Now health authorities have to track down all the people with whom Dr. Spencer came into close contact. Three have already been quarantined.

Are you getting the picture here? The Obama administration simply can not handle the Ebola situation. The airport screenings are a joke, and the lack of a West African visa ban in negligence. That's the truth.

The liberal media and the Obama enablers will not tell you the truth, instead you have a New York Times editorial saying: "Starting Monday in six states, and rolled out in other states soon after, travelers who visited [the Ebola region] will be required to report their temperature and any other symptoms to state or local health officials daily for 21 days, the maximum incubation period for the disease to develop. The officials will be responsible for finding and detaining anyone violating these rules."

Are you kidding me? The officials will be responsible for finding these people if they don't call in?

They should be in isolation. If you have direct contact with anyone in the Ebola region, and you come back to the U.S.A., you should be in quarantine for 21 days. Period.

The Times continues: "The new measures surely make unnecessary a harmful ban on all travelers who have been in the three countries."

Sure. Just ask Dr. Spencer, he went through the screening, it did not work. That doesn't matter to the New York Times because the countries involved are poor and largely comprised of Black Africans. That's why the Obama administration and the liberal press do not want a travel ban.

Here's what should be happening: No American airlines go to the Ebola region. None. Charter flights are allowed, but folks on those flights should be isolated for 21 days. You simply can not have self-reporting, it does not work. So the people, military people, diplomats, whoever they might be, have to give up three weeks of their lives when they return from the Ebola region. Otherwise, we're going to have more Ebola cases.

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