President Obama is opposed to a travel ban. But his opinion is likely to change.
That’s because if one more person comes here from West Africa and infects someone, the demand for a travel ban, already pegged at about two thirds of the population, will be overwhelming. Democrats will join with Republicans calling for a ban, because their constituents will be having none of it when lawmakers try to explain to them why we should continue importing the virus.
I believe Obama is sincere in trying to do the right thing here. No doubt political correctness may somewhat inform his opinion on stopping people from poor countries from entering the United States. But I think he’s mainly relying on advice from his liberal health policy experts.
These people, as you might expect, lack common sense.
There is no acceptable reason not to ban flights coming in from West Africa. The only one I’ve heard that comes close is that sending aid workers over there to try to combat Ebola is a chaotic, sporadic process that requires them being able to jump onto airliners at a moment’s notice.
The answer is charter flights. While the problem won’t be completely solved by charter flights, there should be a way to organize charters effectively enough to get aid workers into West Africa. I mean, we’ve chartered people to the moon several times.
This whole business about needing to “track” people and so forth makes little sense. If they can’t come here, we don’t need to track them. And those who sneak in will be relatively few and far between,
No matter. One more transmission and there will be a travel ban. Another example of Obama racing to catch up to a crisis. Maybe, given the gravity of the situation – an incurable virus that kills 70 percent of its victims – he will come to his senses sooner.