John Kriesel thinks fighting Ebola is ‘dumb’

A tent in the new Ebola Treatment Center US built by the United States army is pictured on November 10, 2014 in Tubmanburg, the provincial capital of Bomi County in western Liberia. Bomi County has been one of the high-hit region by the deadly virus Ebola. In West Africa, underfunded health systems have been crippled by the disease, which has spiraled out of control and infected more than 13,000 people.        (Photo: Zoom Dosso/AFP/Getty Images)

Former state rep John Kriesel isn’t a fan of using the Minnesota National Guard to fight the Ebola epidemic.

Kriesel, now the director of veteran services for Anoka County, took to Twitter yesterday after it was announced members of the Red Bulls — he was one when he was wounded in Iraq — would be deployed to Liberia to provide logistical help for U.S. forces already assigned to the region.

Kriesel said fighting disease shouldn’t be a military mission.

“Maybe it should be,” a Twitter friend responded.

Krisel, who’s good for one Twitter fight every Sunday afternoon, called that suggestion “dumb.”

Why does the military need to get involved? Because it’s the only organization with “the rapid deployment capability and chain-of-command structure necessary now,” according to Dr. Joanne Liu, the president of Doctors Without Borders.

Sriram Khé, associate professor of geography at Western Oregon University, also says its attention to discipline also serves it well in a fight that requires it .

Fighting Ebola was an issue right up until the election. Now, apparently, it’s not our fight.

Related: 2009 case of hemorrhagic fever similar to US military’s Ebola fight (Stars & Stripes).