I think it's great news that President Obama is prepared to send as many as 3,000 troops to West Africa to fight the ebola epidemic. The plan - which includes building 17 ebola treatment centers with about 1,700 beds - seems well coordinated and logistically sophisticated. It may not be enough (the UN just said up to $1 billion would be needed to fight the epidemic) but I think it's a great start. This commitment will hopefully help hard hit countries like Libera from falling into a complete humanitarian crisis and will help stop the spread of the virus throughout West Africa and elsewhere.
The president will go beyond the 25-bed portable hospital that Pentagon officials said they would establish in Liberia, one of the three West African countries ravaged by the disease, officials said. Mr. Obama will offer help to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia in the construction of as many as 17 Ebola treatment centers in the region, with about 1,700 treatment beds.