Pentagon Spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby on Tuesday told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the Ebola outbreak is something that “we’ve been tracking for quite a while.”
“We understand the threat, we understand how dangerous this disease is, and we want to chip in just as much as we can.”
To that end, the American government announced on Tuesday that it was hugely stepping up its efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak, sending about 3,000 military personnel, setting up medical facilities and training local health workers.
“It’s good to help create stable conditions, not instable, so that we don’t have security threats down the road. So there’s lot of reasons why we believe this is a national security threat, and why we are convinced that it is the right thing to do to contribute to it.”
Rear Admiral Kirby said the effort would not detract at all from “the things that the American military needs to do for American people, which is to protect and defend them.”
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