Infuriating – 72 Hours After U.S. Military Arrive To Assist – Liberia Healthcare Workers Go On Strike…

We can’t begin to say how infuriating this is. Friday the first U.S. troops arrived in Monrovia to begin setting up aid for Liberian healthcare workers within the Ebola “Hot Zone”. Today those same healthcare workers go on strike.

“Beginning tomorrow we will be on a nationwide strike in every hospital and every health centre including ETUs (Ebola Treatment Units),” said Joseph Tamba, chairman of the health workers’ union.

There is NO DOUBT they have taken the opportunity of our U.S. arrival to remove themselves from the risk inherent in the care of Ebola patients. This will put additional pressure on our military to fill the caregiver void.

Insufferable !

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It has been a challenging pill to swallow to see 4,000 of our servicemen and women dispatched into a dangerous region on a humanitarian effort when little to no support is coming from Western “allies”. Add to that the pure selfishness of the Liberian opportunists which further endangers our troops, and the entire situation is beyond insufferable.

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Six U.S. military planes arrived in the Ebola hot zone Thursday with more Marines, as West Africa’s leaders pleaded for the world’s help in dealing with a crisis that one called “a tragedy unforeseen in modern times.”

“Our people are dying,” Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma lamented by videoconference at a World Bank meeting in Washington. He said other countries are not responding fast enough while children are orphaned and infected doctors and nurses are lost to the disease.

Alpha Conde of Guinea said the region’s countries are in “a very fragile situation.”

Ebola is “an international threat and deserves an international response,” he said, speaking through a translator as he sought money, medicine, equipment and training for health care workers.

Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he was reminded of the start of the AIDS epidemic.

“We have to work now so this is not the next AIDS,” Frieden said.  (link)

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Monrovia (AFP) – Healthcare workers in Liberia, the country hit hardest by the Ebola epidemic, will go on strike from Monday to demand hazard pay for treating patients infected with the deadly disease, their union leader said.

“Beginning tomorrow we will be on a nationwide strike in every hospital and every health centre including ETUs (Ebola Treatment Units),” said Joseph Tamba, chairman of the health workers’ union.

Staff at Monrovia’s Island Clinic, the largest government-run Ebola clinic in the capital, have already been on a “go slow” in recent days in their battle for extra pay — defying a request by health officials to avoid industrial action during the Ebola crisis, which has killed over 4,000 people in west Africa.

Dozens of patients in the clinic have died from Ebola since the go-slow began on Friday, said staff representative Alphonso Wesseh.

“We have slowed down our activities because the government refuses to satisfy our request. Last night tens of patients died,” he said.

Wesseh earlier this week told AFP that salaries in the sector were as low as $250 a month.

But government spokesman Isaac Jackson on Friday denied there was any disruption at the Island clinic opened by the World Health Organization in late September to combat the virus, which has claimed over 2,300 lives in Liberia this year.  (read more)

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68 Responses to Infuriating – 72 Hours After U.S. Military Arrive To Assist – Liberia Healthcare Workers Go On Strike…

  1. ytz4mee says:

    Bring them home.

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  2. I’m puzzled by this. Seriously?

    http://www.google.com/patents/US20120251502

    Is this what Louie Farrakhan was ranting about recently?

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Oh, I was looking for the patent on the NoIs control device

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    • I bring this up here because the US Government appears to be working both sides of the Ebola fence…letting potential patients into the United States and putting US troops at risk in Africa, all the while trying to turn it into a Big Pharma windfall.

      Or am I just over-thinking this whole mess? 🙄

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      • If they can create a Big Pharma windfall, they will – rest assured. They’ll come up with a treatment and/or vaccine and/or cure but it’s going to cost dearly. They’ll have a patent on it and we’ll hear all about how expensive the research is in order to justify the cost and Big Pharma will get even bigger and fatter while millions die while the political wranglings and negotiations occur to ensure that Big Pharma profits enormously before it is ever offered as a life-saving treatment.

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        • scaretactics says:

          I must support Big Pharma. My husband is a pharmacist, and family members have worked for Eli Lilly, Merck, and Astra Zeneca..

          Medications are a big reason why people are living longer and staying out of the hospital. They add enormously to the quality of life.

          Yes, meds can be expensive. But the research behind a new med, plus testing, is expensive. These meds didn’t just fall from the sky. They had to be developed, like any invention.

          If one of your family members needs a life -saving drug, you will be kissing the ground at Big Pharma ‘s feet.

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          • sageladymj says:

            I can relate. Currently battling stage 4 cancer and am terminal w/ a few months to live. Ran out of medical options. Had to change insurance to hubby’s “cheaper” (read costs more/pays less) work plan from my old work one. Lovenox shots would cost me over 3K a month. Stuck with Warfarin and weekly pay out of pocket labs to monitor. Also, any chemo I might use for palliative measures is too costly. Chemo for my cancer runs around 6-10K per week. I pay 20% out of pocket. So tell me about big pharma.

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          • TwoLaine says:

            The drug they are saying has the most promise was fully funded by grants from our tax dollars.
            That means we all have a share in their stock.
            Where’s my stock certificate?

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            • scaretactics says:

              Sagelady…..I am so sorry to hear about your illness. Have you tried a patient assistance program from the pharmaceutical company that makes your chemo? They can reduce the costof your chemo. Please also consider a medical trial for an experimental drug not yet on the market. Blessings to you, sister.

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    Predictable – we go over there to carry their water and suddenly they have free time to complain about having to do their jobs. Well, as soon as the Chinese, Saudi and EU masses of support personnel arrive we can pack up and go home.
    Wonder how long it will take for Air Obama to establish a route from West Africa to the US as it has from Central America to here?

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    • Most likely there already is a route…from West Africa to Central America.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        If he can set up a embarkation port for poor, oppressed Latino/as to fly them here directly so that they don’t have to make that hot, dangerous inconvenient trek through Mexico I don’t see why he couldn’t just start moving them into US public hosing straight from Monrovia or Freetown. Then again, the backlog of infected Unaccompanied might just mean the Ebola crowd’s entitled to a Mexican vacay while room service here turns down the Constitution.

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      • ytz4mee says:

        General Kelly has already stated that Liberians and other West Africans are migrating illegally into the US across the southern border, pre-staging in the Caribbean and Central America. His warnings have been completely ignored/deflected/discounted by the Mainstream Press.

        http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/9/us-commander-warns-ebola-threat-mexican-border/

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    • TwoLaine says:

      150 a day are already coming here.
      The route is already set up.
      That is how Ebola got here.
      And keeps coming here.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Notice that no one talks about the illegal Chinese who come here? That one’s off the charts. A few years back a junker cargo ship loaded with them purposely beached itself on the US east coast and that fell off the news radar after about 10 minutes – they flood in through organized illegal importation but no one seems to notice or care. Guess we gotta wait until some of them import a native disease or two.

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  5. JunieG says:

    Hazard pay, from whom? American tax payers will pay for sick Africans, something not in our national interest? When we can’t take care of our own people, such as our veterans, our elderly?

    They have no sympathy for the Spanish nurse, or the nurse in Dallas. Obama is sending our troops to care for His People, without regard for their safety and welfare. We have seen how infectious this African disease is. Our allies are wise enough to stay away.

    This is a matter for non profits, volunteers, Doctors Without Borders, those who are passionately dedicated to the cause of aiding the third world, not a mission for the American military.

    Obama’s solution is to equalize America with the third world.

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    • ytz4mee says:

      We have not yet begun to suffer.

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    • arttart1983 says:

      Junie G ~ Many of the non profits that had Physicians/Nurses/Volunteers in the Hot Spots have pulled out at the beginning of the summer as they can’t keep their volunteers/paid staff safe, the risk of being infected is too great. Though many that volunteered, they didn’t volunteer to die/many have done just that. I think Samaritans Purse is one of that pulled out many of their volunteers. Leading Ebola Physicians that dedicated their entire lives to serving these outbreaks & help Ebola patients have died from Ebola themselves. The Red Cross who is quick to step up for National Disasters has thus far: deployed 150 Red Cross delegates since the outbreak began. The Red Cross doesn’t work to fight the disease physically in the clinics, their volunteers are used to “educate families on how to prevent an Ebola outbreak” & usually not in the Hot Spots. Their volunteers are at very low risk.

      Many of the volunteer Dr.’s for “Doctors Without Borders” volunteer a couple of weeks a year, I’ve know several. Most are NOT volunteering their time as full time Physicians anywhere. Most of the Dr.’s that I’ve known that participate/& others I’ve read about take their office staff a couple of weeks a year/go places like Haiti/Columbia/Africa to perform facial reconstruction surgeries/orthopedic surgeries/eye surgeries/vaccinations on countless children in hopes of making their lives better/or saving their lives. The death threat is very low to themselves or their nurses/staff.

      I feel like everyone else, our troops should NOT have been sent to the Hot Spots for any reason, but Obama does whatever he pleases & will continue to do so imo. The outbreak is bigger than non-profits/volunteers at this point imo. I don’t know what the solution is, as badly as I feel for those people, risking one America soldier is not worth it, our soldiers first, our country first imo.

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  6. Lars says:

    The Stupidest Mission in the History of Woldwide Missions

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  7. ytz4mee says:

    Raconteur’s most recent blog post is the vocalized outrage over the recent disclosure that nurse who treated Special Infection Agent # 1 also applies to this unilateral and preemptory deployment of our military to the hot zone —

    our military won’t have “hands on” patient contact, until they will. The story has changed several times during the press briefings about the deployment of personnel.

    the local Liberians don’t want to manage this, but somehow “We” are solely responsible for solving a crisis created by cultural practices unknown to Westerners. “We” should be doing more while the Liberians elect go on strike without repercussions. Check!

    and — no worries, the Oblama has this well in hand. I do appreciate Raconteur’s characterization of Frieden and Fauci as “Court Jesters”

    http://raconteurreport.blogspot.com/2014/10/rape-rape.html

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    • Dixie Darling says:

      I liked this comment about the gullible media from your link:

      “The media has made their decision, because they have the reasoning skills of retarded chimpanzees…….”

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  8. Hughes Angell says:

    I don’t like it but these nurses aren’t stupid and they have been dying at an alarming rate. They know there is money out there now to pay them and why shouldn’t they get some? In fact, the US should put them on our payroll and get them back to work. The sooner we can get those field hospitals up and running and get our soldiers out of that benighted land the better. If we give the money to the Liberian government to pay them they will steal most of it and the nurses will know it so, like I said, lets pay them ourselves and get this operation done.

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    • dsb steve says:

      This makes sense to me. Obama will spend a lot of American money in Africa. This is the time for the health care workers to get some of it. And it is better for the US that the Africans get the money over there instead of traveling to the US and taking up residence.

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    • triper57 says:

      We are there until the Ebola runs its course. The troops are there to build the facility from tents and wire. And to provide security for the facilities.

      I do see mission creep coming to actually staff the facilities and to provide for burial and cleanup after the disease has killed the majority of the population.
      Not something I would ask our troops to do. If we assume this role I foresee a recruiting problem; volunteering for a combat role is one thing, volunteering for working in a bio-hazard area is an entirely different matter. Completely opposite skill sets.

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  9. History may record the final days of America in the 21st Century with the same questions that have followed the collapse of ALL nations throughout time…

    “How could the people allow this to happen? Didn’t they see it coming? Why didn’t they DO something? They didn’t even try!”

    Please don’t let this epitaph be written about America. Please.

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  10. Hughes Angell says:

    Its chicken feed and the nurses know it. It cost a million dollars to fly Dr. Brantley our of Liberia and treat him at Emory and it was Brantley who talked Obama into sending the military in. This isn’t worth debating. Congress has taken $750 million from our defense budget to pay for this operation ( and the final bill be far higher) so lets not quibble about a million dollars per month or so to double or triple the pay of Liberian nurses who we are going to need.

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  11. triper57 says:

    Seems like a new verse should be added to the Marine Corps Hymn since the AP is giving them credit for this deployment. But, funny thing, the Marines have no medical personnel.

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  12. polk8dot says:

    The Liberians have paid attention. We sent billions $$ to Iraq, and spread the wealth around without any accounting or justification.
    Obama’s children (the true kin, the African ones) are nothing if not industrious when it comes to taking care of Number One.
    Since Obama already declared over $500 Million to West Africa in cash inflow for fighting Ebola, they figured the fastest way to get their grabby paws on the money was by threatening a strike. The US is going to blink, and will give in to their demands by providing money to the Liberian government to ‘assuage the strikers’ fears and get them to return to work’.
    And the reality of US troops being there, forced to dwell in the cesspool, is an extra Ace in the Liberians’ sleeve. Either they are paid more, by us, to return to work or our military will be sent in by Zero, despite the pledge of ‘only building hospitals’, to take over the nursing duties.
    Whichever the case, Liberians win either way.
    The mercenary spirit of this race is also staggering. They make ‘only $250 a month’? Who gives a hoot? How is this the world’s responsibility to advance them? Why am I supposed to give over my money so they can get not what the market and their economy dictates, but what they think they are worth? Do they care that I may not be able to pay my bills or that my kids have to wear hand-me-down shoes and clothing? Will they give away part of their earnings because I feel I am worth more than I am paid? No? You don’t say?
    So it is their problem, and solely theirs, if they want to be paid more. It is up to them to make it happen, by improving their education, by working harder, by getting a better job ?
    America is not the Global Goodwill franchise. We are not a charity that only looks where to spend the money that just miraculously shows up in our coffers. We are a nation with our own problems, hard workers and moochers. We do not wait for someone else to come and bail us out. There is no magic behind it. We do not stick our hand out and demand money.
    So stop sticking your hand out to us, Africa, and demanding we pay to fix your problems. Hands off my tax money. Hands off our military. Hands off our Healthcare system.
    Hands off America!

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    • polk8dot says:

      Ooops, I worked myself into such a frenzy I did not even catch that the bold face stayed on. Sorry.

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    • Pam says:

      I think the problem is that America put itself in the position of being the Global Goodwill franchise. This has been going on at least since WWII. We have had much pride in being the most generous, giving people of any country in the world. Over time, with government decisions, our participation in the UN, NATO, etc. it became so politicized, then corrupted. Our military was used at the end of WWII to go in and save the people of Berlin. They, along with our allies, ran the show of rebuilding from the ground up. We poured money and resources into that country at an unbelievable rate. We just kept going after that.

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  13. PreNanny says:

    Under what authority did obambi send our troops there? Are we waiting for the letter to congress
    at this point with non applicable laws again akin to his war on Assad?

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    • yankeeintx says:

      I think we need to start calling it the “War on Ebola”, then he will need to get congressional approval to keep them there over 30 days. This is no longer a humanitarian mission, it’s a war and men will die.

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  14. Horsesoldier says:

    As bad as it is to put our troops into such a high risk task, I wonder what video the administration will blame when some religion of pieces neanderthals attack our troops there? Cue the workplace violence tap-dance. FUBAR

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  15. It is unbelievable that we are sending our best and bravest to “fight” an enemy as deadly as Ebola to satisfy Obama’s love of his homeland and her people. We are Americans, our Troops are Americans and they have no place in a disease riddled country for the sole purpose of providing humanitarian aid.

    Add to that the fact that these HCWs are striking for more pay – hazard pay to be exact – and it becomes even more unbelievable. The sick and dying that we’re on a humanitarian mission to help are THEIR people – not ours (well, Obama’s people too). They either ARE or AREN’T afraid of catching the disease and dying. Money should NOT come into play, really. No amount of money is going to save you if you catch Ebola. You’ll either survive or you won’t. If they’re truly afraid, then say so and who could blame them. But demanding more money is like asking to be assured of the lottery – just in case you survive. It’s a “reward” or “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.” They are paid what they’re paid. I’m guessing their pay is usual and customary for nurses in the area.

    Now that they are on strike guess who’s going to get to fill the void? Next up – military medical personnel will be deployed to provide hands on care to support the humanitarian aid we’ve just sent via deployment of 4,000 Troops. Here we go.

    Just wait until the news of our Troops becoming infected and/or dying there start hitting the news cycles. I predict a full out revolution coming on here in the U.S. of A. People are not going to stand for much more of this nonsense.

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  16. jc says:

    Sanjay Gupta just said we shouldn’t restrict w africans from coming to the US because we can care for them better and if they can’t come here they’ll migrate illegally to other african coutries and take the disease there instead of to the US. So we’re the world’s default medical refugee site and responsible for controlling intra african migration!!!

    These strikes are illuminating, if they succeed in this shakedown (US will pay of course) they’ll be back for more. If the disease explodes to 1.4M cases in Liberia and SL by the end of year as CDC projects, we’ll have no choice but to bring in many more troops to handle sanitation, burials and health care because with a 15% disease rate the local govs won’t be able to function – even at their current low levels.

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    • TwoLaine says:

      “if they can’t come here they’ll migrate illegally to other african coutries and take the disease there instead of to the US.”

      And the Problem with that IS?

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      • jc says:

        I think Gupta was concerned that ebola would spread more readily in the other african shitholes than it would here. From a one world, “we are all one” it IS preferable to have 10,000 US deaths than 10,000,000 deaths in africa, that’s where Gupta’s head is at.

        And that must be why CDC said better airport screening would be “counterproductive” because it would divert sick travelers coming to the US to other countries where more cases would result. So basically CDC is willing to trade more US deaths for less global deaths and O’B is willing to trade US military deaths for fewer african civilian deaths. That’s where their heads are at.

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        • TwoLaine says:

          Oh, I know where their heads are.
          Up their collective you know whats.
          We went from, “We want them here, because we know how to treat this.”
          Patient Zero dies.
          Then, “No cause for fear. Only one patient and he got it somewhere else. All is working.”
          Patient One, his nurse gets it in the USA.
          Now To, “We are deeply concerned. The hospital did not follow CDC protocol.”
          Uh, we all knew that.
          Just like we knew the uber-expensive cleanup was a farce.
          Where/what was the CDC protocol to protect it from getting here again?

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  17. TwoLaine says:

    Some nurses turning up at hospitals in Liberia

    http://news.yahoo.com/nurses-turning-hospitals-liberia-103634667.html

    Or so they say.
    I see no proof.

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  18. maggiemoowho says:

    I believe the plan to use US Troops and the strike was all planned out during Obamas family reunion/ African Leaders Conference. US Troops arrive, the African healthcare workers strike, the US gets stuck holding the ball and ends up caring for and treating all the Ebola patients, patients die under our care, Obama will offer compensation to families and the US will to start paying the striking medical personel. He is going to use Ebola as an excuse, or should I say ruse, to “spread Americas wealth.” Obama’s fulfilling his own personal agenda, at the expense of the American lives.

    B.H. Obama (from the 2014 African Leaders Conference Speech)
    “I stand before you as the president of the United States and a proud American. I also stand before you as the son of a man from Africa. The blood of Africa runs through our family. And so for us, the bonds between our countries, our continents, are deeply personal.”

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    • Dixie Darling says:

      Well he can just go back there to live…..sooner rather than later.

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    • Lucille says:

      It’s the constant meme of payback. WHY should those of us alive in 2014 have to pay anything or make recompense for what was done in the distant past? If leftys feel white guilt for slavery, let them sell their houses, vacation sites, cars, plus cash in their stocks/bonds, and give it all to Liberia, starting first with the Obola family.

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  19. oldiadguy says:

    Has anyone wondered why Obama is using our elite combat units for these missions. The Marines and the 101st sent to build hospitals and clinics for Ebola patients???? How about prefabbing the buildings, load them on aircraft and ship them there with easy to understand instructions. In the worst case scenario, have engineering units setup the buildings and then get out of there.

    For some reason, Obama is tying up our elite combat units overseas on Bravo Sierra missions. Special Operation troops are in central Africa chasing a two-bit warlord, others are in the Middle East training “moderates” while trained allies (Kurds) are allowed to be slaughtered and now Marines and paratroopers are sent to a hot zone to build hospitals and clinics???

    Something is not right here.

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  20. Murse says:

    African-Americans and Liberians, no difference.

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  21. lorac says:

    Bring our troops home and have them protect our borders against illegal aliens entering and at the airports after all flights from the Ebola ridden country are not allowed in our country. Geeze if your child’s friend had the chicken pox pr you knew he was exposed to it would you allow him to come to your house to play with your kid? About time Obamanation uses some common sense!

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  22. dginga says:

    What do you want to bet that Obama KNEW that the Liberian health UNIONS were planning a walkout and that’s WHY he sent so many of OUR troops over there. You don’t think the unions all over the world are in cahoots with each other, as well as with the Communist agitators and organizers around the world? Don’t kid yourselves.

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  23. Pam says:

    http://news.yahoo.com/nurses-turning-hospitals-liberia-103634667.html

    This article, apparently posted about an hour ago, states that the health care workers showed up for work today in Liberia after all.

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  24. mike cdiamond says:

    this is a shame! where are the german troops???where are the other countrys troops?????if the health workers walk out we walk out! we should not be there!

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