Capital Gazette wins special Pulitzer Prize citation for coverage of newsroom shooting that killed five

Charles Taylor

Could the U.S. have prevented the Ebola outbreak?

Could the U.S. have prevented the Ebola outbreak?

In the summer of 1990, some 2,000 U.S. Marines arrived off the coast of Liberia near the capital of Monrovia, which was then being overrun by rebel forces fighting against the government of Samuel Doe. The Marines were in four ships, one of them an amphibious landing craft.

Many, perhaps most, in Monrovia assumed the Marines would land and put an end to the insanity that had gripped their country since Charles Taylor launched his rebellion in an outlying district the previous December.

Instead, a few hundred of the Marines eventually helicoptered in and evacuated U.S. citizens. The four ships steamed off into the distance, abandoning Liberia to its fate. To Liberians, it was...