The Christian-based Family Research Council (FRC) slammed President Obama on Tuesday for sending 3,000 U.S. troops to West Africa to help in the effort to contain the deadly Ebola virus, which has killed thousands of people.
According to RightWingWatch.org, FRC President Tony Perkins claimed on his “Washington Watch” radio program yesterday (audio below) that President Obama "despises the military and everything that it stands for and has systematically been dismantling it and demoralizing our military.”
Perkins was disgusted that President Obama refused to put U.S. troops on the ground in Syria or Iraq to fight ISIS in another U.S.-Middle East ground war, but was sending troops to West Africa to provide safety for medical personnel who are treating people stricken with Ebola.
“[The U.S. military is] not trained for that, not equipped for that, don’t necessarily understand that, but we’re sending the military to do that," claimed Perkins. "That is the response of a community organizer, not a commander-in-chief, that’s the community-organizer-in-chief is what that is, but it has devastating consequences for national security and all of our families.”
Perkins failed to mention that the U.S. military has taken part in numerous humanitarian relief efforts dating back to 1831, noted the Center for Naval Analyses.
Many of these U.S. military humanitarian efforts were ordered by Republican presidents whom Perkins himself has supported, but he made no mention of almost 200 years of this history.
According to the United States Southern Command website, the U.S. Military's Humanitarian Assistance Program provides "construction of schools, clinics, and water wells... medical readiness exercises involving teams consisting of doctors, nurses and dentists also provide general and specialized clinical and public health services, in addition to veterinary services, to host nation citizens requiring care."
Perkins, who often touts Christian values, failed to mention the numerous verses in the Bible that command Christians to care for the sick.