This past week, news broke that two American aide workers, who were working in Africa had contracted the ebola virus. Pres. Obama, without seeming to bat an eye, rallied support from the military and the CDC to get a special jet sent over with a team ready to bring them back. These Americans will be the first people ever to be treated with the ebola virus in America.
At this moment there is already one being treated at an Atlanta hospital. Little news has been given on his status.
This event, is in very stark contrast compared to other situations in which the president has acted very minimally, or not at all. There is one case in particular that continues to stand out. Benghazi.
In Benghazi we had four Americans fighting for their lives against terrorists who were bombing and shooting at the CIA Annex. They fought for seven hours, staying alive and asking for help. All they got from the White House was an order to stand down and that they could do nothing. Even though we had troops at the ready in Tripoli and off the coast in the Mediterranean Sea, there was supposedly nothing that we could do to save them, for seven hours.
They have tried to gloss over the glaring facts, and give a story that reeks of lies. The story has been mangled from the beginning, with the president claiming he could not do anything, and then jetting off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas. While then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went around saying that the attack had been the result of extremists being upset with a youtube video, which we have found since then, was an outright lie.
The point here is that Pres. Obama, in many situations has acted in a very opportunistic manner. In sending in support to bring home Americans stricken with ebola he is seeking to earn some positive media. But in the other cases, there was supposedly no opportunity to save them, which in most of the situations is a lie.
When it comes to hard situations, in which there will be unpopular decisions to be made, the president and his team make the oddest choices. Which is to either not do anything, or do the least as possible and then spin it hard into a positive.
I hope one day that Pres. Obama will see the light, or make a good decision for once. But with 2 years left it is looking less and less likely.