I’ve seen quoted a number of different estimates of how much the US plans to spend fighting the Ebola epidemic in west Africa. The highest I’ve seen is $100 million.
The cost of the fight against ISIS?
Gordon Adams, the go-to guy in Washington on DOD’s budget, previously told The Fiscal Times that the mission to stop ISIS would cost between $10 billion and $15 billion each year. Now that more details of the plan are known, Adams has revised his estimate — up. “I estimate $15-20 [billion] for the operation, on an annual basis,”
This doesn’t make sense. Why are we spending so much more on the war against ISIS than we are on fighting the Ebola epidemic that rages unabated? Why does America fear ISIS much? Why do not Americans fear Ebola as much? I don’t know. Perhaps it is because of the brutal videos of the beheadings by ISIS of American journalists? The pictures I see coming out of Africa are of people who are obviously sick. But a video of a beheading trumps a picture of a sick person or videos of people walking about in moon suits.
House Republicans indicated Tuesday that they will provide less than half of the White House’s funding request to fight Ebola in the next government spending bill.
According to a source familiar with the negotiations, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) agreed as of Tuesday morning to spend a total of $40 million to fight the epidemic in the 2015 spending bill. [thehill.com]
Is that not shameful? The Gates Foundation has pledged $50 million. Republicans don’t even want to spend as much on Ebola as does a private foundation. They sure are willing to spend money on endless wars in the Mideast, but not much on impoverished, black Africans.