On Friday, President Obama bowed to the inevitable and named veteran Washington insider Ronald Klain as America’s “Ebola czar.” It’s a good appointment. Klain, a widely respected former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, was chosen for his public management skills. So what if he didn’t get an M.D./Ph.D. in epidemiology from Harvard? His lack of medical expertise may even be an asset. His real assignment is to coordinate various government agencies and to provide political cover for the actual experts doing what must be done.
Ebola is truly scary. It has so far killed nearly 4,500 people, overwhelmingly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone—societies that had already experienced more than their fill of sorrow. There are only three confirmed cases in the United States: Two American nurses were infected in Dallas after they ...
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