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Bush pushing for military in case of bird flu

In the case of a bird flu outbreak, Bush wants to break out the military. From yesterday's remarks:

The policy decisions for a President in dealing with an avian flu outbreak are difficult. One example: If we had an outbreak somewhere in the United States, do we not then quarantine that part of the country, and how do you then enforce a quarantine? When -- it's one thing to shut down airplanes; it's another thing to prevent people from coming in to get exposed to the avian flu. And who best to be able to effect a quarantine? One option is the use of a military that's able to plan and move.

As previously discussed, the Bush administration is pushing to weaken Posse Comitatus and use the military to respond to natural disasters.

It's also a bit ironic for him to be discussing preventing "people from coming in"; perhaps he should try it on the border for a change.

Politics · Tue, 10/04/2005 - 01:18 · Importance: 1