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Obama not up to Ebola crisis

In recent days, a number of statements have been issued by President Barack Obama and members of his administration regarding Ebola that are confusing, conflicting and even false and disingenuous. That is not out of the ordinary for this administration. Another crisis, another circular firing squad ("Ebola fears continue to mount, spill over to port business, politics," Oct. 16).

If nothing else, it certainly is amusing to those of us who are so cynical toward our political leaders that their reds and blues coalesce into a murky gray. Just recently, one of this administration's many defenders opined that the reason that there are so many different explanations about the nature of this deadly disease is because there are many different people speaking for the administration.

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Well, shazam! The reason that there are so many people speaking for this administration is because we do not have a Surgeon General of the United States. If this position was filled, this administration could speak with one clear, consistent voice in much the same way that the U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Secretary of State have spoken in the earlier days of this administration when faced with a crisis. Let's not quibble about their veracity though.

A citizen who thinks critically about the vacant surgeon general position might well come to the same conclusion as have I. President Obama nominated a duck to fill the position of surgeon general. He looked like a duck, sounded like a duck and even quacked like a duck. The U.S. Senate shuddered at the thought of a quack filling this important position and declined to confirm the choice. At this juncture, the president could have withdrawn his nomination of the duck and nominated someone better suited with wider appeal to fill this important position. He didn't do that. Instead, he made a conscious decision to allow the position to remain vacant.

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We are now in the midst of a health crisis that is getting worse rather than getting better. Once again, this administration doesn't have a strategy, transparency, free-thinking advisers or a leader who has the wisdom and courage to lead from the front.

Ray Badders, Manchester

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