What, Me Worry?

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October 16, 2014 by JImbo

I’ve already been asked repeatedly if my Guard unit is going to Africa to fight Ebola. I doubt it. But, who knows? *shrugs*

This new “Executive Order” won’t send us anywhere. It doesn’t change a damn thing. Just reading what it says (and doesn’t) makes that much clear.

Executive Order 10-16-14

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary


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By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 121 and 12304 of title 10, United States Code, I hereby determine that it is necessary to augment the active Armed Forces of the United States for the effective conduct of Operation United Assistance, which is providing support to civilian-led humanitarian assistance and consequence management support related to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. In furtherance of this operation, under the stated authority, I hereby authorize the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, under their respective jurisdictions, to order to active duty any units, and any individual members not assigned to a unit organized to serve as a unit of the Selected Reserve, or any member in the Individual Ready Reserve mobilization category and designated as essential under regulations prescribed by the Secretary concerned, and to terminate the service of those units and members ordered to active duty.

This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.


October 16, 2014.

Lemme be frank here. This means NOTHING. It’s vague and pointless. There are no details given. There’s no start or end date. It isn’t even clear on who or what is affected.
Furthermore, the President doesn’t need any sort of “preparation” order to call anyone up. Any actual call up will require actual sets of individual orders to specific units and people.
Basically this order means NOTHING. It’s political claptrap. It’s unnecessary and does nothing.
This is just the equivalent of a fancy speech. The President is still convinced that he can solve problems just by talking about them. That’s not saying the Administration won’t send more troops to Africa… or Syria…or wherever.
However, THIS document is political. He wants to seem like he’s doing something without actually doing anything. Typical politician.
This is the office equivalent of the “discussion to consider a pre-planning meeting to set up a possible conference in the undetermined future.”

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