The coronavirus is the worst intelligence failure in US history | Micah Zenko

@JacePearce

@JacePearce

2 followers

#AskAnExpert

Have a question about how a part of the political system works? #AskAnExpert is your place to get answers .

56,663 Subscribers
truth_hurts · 4 months ago

It’s too bad the entire government and media were completely consumed for 4 months, while the virus spread, with distracting political theater called impeachment. The impeachment attempt ended February 5th. We can thank the Democrats for that. On a side note, I believe Trump was the first to institute a travel ban to and from China (Americans fleeing excluded) on January 31st while America still had less than 10 cases. I do understand there is nothing this man can do that is right in his opponents opinion. He probably should have closed all travel to every country back in early November and decimated the economy when there was a whisper of a virus in China. Of course, then you all would scream foul on that. Maybe figure out what you think the perfect response to this would have been and what Democrats would have done differently. Everyone is quick to criticize but offer nothing else except you don’t like they way he talked to downplay it. As much as his talk downplayed it, his actions all up-played it.

3
JacePearce · 4 months ago

One question please (pay attention to the date): How many of these steps did Trump take? (while he was busy tweeting)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/act-now-to-prevent-an-american-epidemic-11580255335

2
truth_hurts · 4 months ago

Epidemic in China in an article dated 1/28/20. Trump is first to ban travel to and from China 1/31/20. I can’t read your article because it says I need to subscribe and I don’t want to. You’d think after Obama dropped the ball in 2009 and did nothing, people would be more thankful that Trump intentionally decimated his economy to try and keep people safe. Pretty tough thing to do when so very few Americans were even presenting with symptoms and China was feeding misleading data. I’m sorry you don’t like Trump. I’ve always admitted he sucks as a speaker but I like how he gets things done. In contrast, Obama was a very eloquent speaker but a useless leader.

1
JacePearce · 4 months ago

You do not need to subscribe, but anyway:

This is what our experts recommended on the 28th of January:

  1. Government should focus on working with private industry to develop easy-to-use, rapid diagnostic tests that can be made available to providers.

  2. Boost flu vaccination efforts, which would reduce the burden that influenza puts on doctors and hospital

  3. Hospitals need to prepare for an influx of patients who will need to be isolated. In addition, many medical supplies that help prevent the spread of infection—gloves, gowns and respirator masks—are produced overseas. More outbreaks will strain global supplies. It is critical to begin limiting needless use of these products and prevent hoarding so that gowns and gloves are available where they’re needed most.

1
truth_hurts · 4 months ago

Sounds nice but then reality gets in the way. Red tape and bureaucracy (developed in previous administrations) prevents the use of unapproved testing. Boosting flu vaccinations? It takes two weeks for the flu vaccine to start working and then in a season ending by March. There also would have to be a plan and time to ramp up flu vaccines around the country. That alone would take weeks and would seem to be too little too late and have very little value. Hospitals would need to prepare for a pandemic but based on what evidence? As of February 23, the United States had only 14 cases. I don’t think we’ve done much wrong in our reaction to this and much credit to the administration for transforming a very ill prepared system. The only blame for this goes to China who knew there was a problem. They didn’t tell the world until January 1st, never ceased travel from the problem, never tried to contain it and then lied about the numbers. That’s where your blame lies. You can Monday morning quarterback everything and for eternity but in this case, Trump acted before every other world leader and with stricter enforcement and policy. All his critics will look back and say he should have done this and that and he was too late in doing things but they are the same people that called him racist for his China travel restriction. Then they would still complain and criticize anything he did anyway.

1
stablegenius305 · 4 months ago

Trump never admits to getting anything wrong but he sure took his eye off the ball underestimating this vicious pandemic.

2