Obama will plead with the Lame Duck Congress for $6.18 billion to fight Ebola, and for other things like money to fight ISIS. Actually something over a million dollars can only be considered peanuts when compared to $6 billion.

We can predict how conservatives will respond but unless something changes  progressives will decide how to respond after Obama talks and conservatives and hate bloggers respond.


The responses be”Take care of America first”, “They ask for it by being so backwards”, etc. Will there be praise of little Cuba only  afterwards to salvage all the hate as with Debo’s demise or would it be possible for progressives to for a change bring up helping little Cuba before Obama’s own plans to stop Ebola are torn the shreds. If US starts moving in a more positive cooperative low cost way, all Americans will be able to be proud of the US providing one hour Ebola tests, and that makes both Malaria and Ebola much less dangerous by allowing fast response treatment to succeed.


Besides the US, Cuba also takes fighting Ebola seriously sending in medical teams at far less cost than the US. Some things each country won’t do. US military doctors won’t work directly with patients, instead building treatment centers, ferrying supplies and taking patients some unwillingly to treatment centers while the Cubans specialize with working directly with patients. So far no American government employees have died and one on the Cuban staff died of Malaria, a US Ebola testing kit might have had him on malaria drugs during the first critical days. In the near future Ebola may enter the rebellious tribal areas of North Pakistan where extremists shoot at medical care workers, it would be far safer for Cuban Doctors to venture there than US civilian or not, or from NATO countries.


But we are forgetting something the Embargo of Cuba is continuing as if the Cold War never ended. The good news in the election is that Cuban-American Senator Robert Menendez won’t be the next Chair of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee. Sadly Senators Mark Pryor, Mark Udall, Mark Begich, lost but they can continue to oppose the Embargo of Cuba during the Lame Duck session.



Unless ending the subject of the Embargo of Cuba comes up quickly and helping Cuba fight Ebola on the ground comes up first, the whole subject of spending 600 billion on Ebola with take on a mean spirited touch in the background even such racist comments as its natural for the weak to die. But this debate instead could be praising Cuban medical low cost proficiency, with offers to help them succeed. If this happens the US would be less likely to end up throwing more weapons at Iraq and Syria for ISIS to try to again seize.


When the world voted unanimously to remove Chemical Weapons from Syria and it was accomplished without a fight, hope was in the air of the world finally solving its problems after all, with small changes jointly fighting Ebola will continue that hope.


But we better hurry in bringing up the Embargo of Cuba before the debate over a 600 billion aid package for Ebola comes up.


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I'm retired in Philadelphia. Non religious but there seems to be a life force that I see as more personal than is usually expressed.

I was raised a Quaker (common with Christian Jewish intermarriage back them) But my father was a total pacifist and during World War II, at the time that being so was difficult.

Upbringing included father trying not to get physical, yet still defend us kids from my harsh stepmother until she got her citizenship papers, after which they could get divorced. Been involved in peace issues since the anti-fallout shelter protests through Vietnam and Iraq.

I wrote "Greedy Little Squirrels and Lifeboat ethics,” 1977, when the Moonies were coming to America and got heavily harassed by them. I also think bin Laden is extremely dangerous like the leader of a barroom brawl, who has been manipulating this country into using the US to get Muslims angry enough to join his suicidal permanent war group. Before 9/11 young Muslims rebelled by wearing by covering their hair a little less than expected and at least winking at each other, now he changed rebellion into being militancy. The Northern Alliance would have been legitimately in charge long ago had he not baited the US into entering Afghanistan.

Obama is making a mistake in my mind with how to stop bin Laden’s dream of permanent war in a divided world but less of a mistake than most anyone else would. If due to currency collapses from out ever more expensive weapons the US stops fighting al Qaeda, then other counties will. If it ends up being Iran, the Sunni Shiite divide will be enormous. Al Qaeda is already convinced that the atheist China is a serious enemy,
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=al9wM3k5zjLQ and the Russians have fought for brutally and inadvertently convinced far more Muslims than the US did that they considered Islam itself to be the enemy.

I never stopped supporting Jimmy Carter when everyone turned on him and I support Obama as well, but think he will have to use a lot more persuasion and less force if they aren’t going to succeed at bankrupting us. However Obama has tried less force and al Qaeda has started to respond in kind trying to limit the victim’s in the way of their primary attacks.

Back up reference to above link, http://www.consortiumnews.com/2009/082209a.html

Richard Kane (Philadelphia)
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