Kristol: Why Are We Handing Out Tourist Visas to People in Liberia?
Kristol: Why Are We Handing Out Tourist Visas to People in Liberia? (RealClearPolitics)
BILL KRISTOL: It wasn't because there wasn't good screening because they gave idiotically gave visas to people in Liberia to be tourists in the U.S. What was the point of that? That’s really ridiculous, it really exposed Americans to risk. In fact now two Americans at least have contracted Ebola.
Secondly why were they treated at that hospital in Dallas which seems like a normal suburban non-expert hospital? The head of the CDC said as a kind of matter of principle this can be treated at any hospital in the U.S. it's not that urgent or dramatic. You don’t have to fly people to Emory or NIH. So they put the burden on this hospital which clearly wasn't ready for this. They put the burden on the nurses. Now they got two people and said all the protocols are in place. The protocol is 800 pages. The nurses I assume did their best. That’s a real governmental failure…
The flu killed more Americans than the war in Iraq, but it was legitimate for people who disagreed with me to say this war isn’t going well, shouldn’t have been fought or the strategy needs to be changed. That’s a bad argument. Ebola is a current threat. There are government policies that are legitimate policies to debate. I’m still waiting for anyone to explain why people are getting visas in Liberia and Sierra Leone to visit the U.S. on a non-emergency basis.