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Ebola in the Western Hemisphere: A Marine General’s Assessment

Written by Gary North on October 13, 2014

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 – The potential spread of Ebola into Central and Southern America is a real possibility, the commander of U.S. Southern Command told an audience at the National Defense University here yesterday.

“By the end of the year, there’s supposed to be 1.4 million people infected with Ebola and 62 percent of them dying, according to the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention],” Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly said. “That’s horrific. And there is no way we can keep Ebola [contained] in West Africa.”

If it comes to the Western Hemisphere, many countries have little ability to deal with an outbreak of the disease, the general said.

“So, much like West Africa, it will rage for a period of time,” Kelly said.

This is a particularly possible scenario if the disease gets to Haiti or Central America, he said. If the disease gets to countries like Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador, it will cause a panic and people will flee the region, the general said.

“If it breaks out, it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States,” Kelly said. “They will run away from Ebola, or if they suspect they are infected, they will try to get to the United States for treatment.”

Also, transnational criminal networks smuggle people and those people can be carrying Ebola, the general said. Kelly spoke of visiting the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua with U.S. embassy personnel. At that time, a group of men “were waiting in line to pass into Nicaragua and then on their way north,” he recalled.

“The embassy person walked over and asked who they were and they told him they were from Liberia and they had been on the road about a week,” Kelly continued. “They met up with the network in Trinidad and now they were on their way to the United States — illegally, of course.”

Those men, he said, “could have made it to New York City and still be within the incubation period for Ebola.”

Kelly said his command is in close contact with U.S. Africa Command to see what works and what does not as it prepares for a possible outbreak in the area of operations.

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7 thoughts on “Ebola in the Western Hemisphere: A Marine General’s Assessment

  1. Fleendar the great says:

    With the border collapsed as it is and Ebola already here. If central America gets this and they flee to come to America? The orders should be shoot to kill ANYONE seen crossing the border.

  2. All this Ebola hubub could have been avoided if our illustrious leaders had used COMMON SENSE- DON'T LET EXPOSED PEOPLE INTO OUR COUNTRY ! And don't send our troops to affected areas where they might bring Ebola home to friends an relatives.Thanks Obama and minions !

  3. This is stated in the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 21, the plan to make America part of a Communist one world government! The agenda calls for de-population, the planet cannot sustain all the humans. Also says we cannot sustain home ownership because it isn't equitable. The agenda is about environment (excuse for this is global warming/climate change) equity (share the wealth) and economy (they want to get rid of capitalism) want public-private partnership. See agenda21news.com or democratsagainstunagenda21.com even the liberals are against this when they learn about it.

  4. "Public provate partnerships" is government control of private means of production… the concise and precise definition of fascism. Pretty blatant, once you translate it all.

  5. Here is my assessment.

    People with good health and proper nutrition have nothing to fear from Ebola. This disease appears every year for the past 30-40 years and plane flights have been running all that time.

  6. What in blazes ever happened to COMMON SENSE ? Why are people who have been exposed to Ebola allowed into the U.S. ? We are dying from political correctness ! Meanwhile, other African nations have closed their borders to folks who wish to enter their countries from infected regions.

  7. Well, what is Bill Gates doing to avoid this virus? He and the CDC owns the patents so we should do what they do.