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The United States has been at war almost continuously since the founding of the nation in 1783. Some of the wars were undeclared like the centuries-long eradication of the native Americans, while others – the Mexican and Spanish-American wars – were glorified by including the names of the countries defeated by Washington’s war machine. America’s bloodiest war actually has multiple names, including the Civil War, the War Between the States, The War of the Rebellion and the War of Northern Aggression, allowing one to pick and choose reflecting one’s own political preferences.

More recently wars in Korea and Vietnam were named in straightforward fashion, though current conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan do not really have names. In fact, it has become somewhat politically incorrect to name a war after an ethnic group or a country in the old fashion way. But this shortage of wars has been somewhat made up for by an increase in the number of metaphorical wars to include a war on drugs, a war on poverty and a war on terror. Now Americans are confronting what might some day be called the War on Coronavirus. President Donald J. Trump has already declared himself to be a “wartime president” and he is preparing to prime the economy’s pump with $2.2 trillion, much of which will go to the salivating profiteers that are already lining up as well as to the greedy corporate constituencies who will do their best to use the cash to increase their value for potential shareholders.

That $2.2 trillion is considerably more than the Vietnam War cost in today’s dollars ($1 trillion) though it does not yet come close to the $5-7 trillion in borrowed dollars that the going-on-twenty-years engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq has cost. But for those who worry about being number one, Trump has promised additional tranches of more trillions, which means that the war on the coronavirus might well wind up being the most expensive conflict in American history. Plus, that is only the direct cost to the federal government with state and local jurisdictions also spending billions. The coronavirus will also have a devastating impact on the economy and actually threatens to directly damage entire communities and even states, something that has not occurred in the U.S. since the Civil War. And, of course, the money the White House winds up spending is all borrowed and someday will have to be repaid.

Along with the bottom line, there are already signs of the other American contribution to warfare, which is “intelligence failure.” In a recent article in Foreign Policy magazine, contributor Micah Zenko states that “The Coronavirus Is the Worst Intelligence Failure in U.S. History: It’s more glaring than Pearl Harbor and 9/11.” He also observes that “it’s all the fault of Donald Trump’s leadership.”

Zenko’s argument is basically that the intelligence agencies were warning about information derived from medical sources in China that suggested viruses were developing that might become a pandemic, but the politicians, most particularly those in the White House, chose to take no action. He writes that “…the Trump administration has cumulatively failed, both in taking seriously the specific, repeated intelligence community warnings about a coronavirus outbreak and in vigorously pursuing the nationwide response initiatives commensurate with the predicted threat. The federal government alone has the resources and authorities to lead the relevant public and private stakeholders to confront the foreseeable harms posed by the virus. Unfortunately, Trump officials made a series of judgments (minimizing the hazards of COVID-19) and decisions (refusing to act with the urgency required) that have needlessly made Americans far less safe.”

The article cites evidence that the intelligence community was collecting disturbing information on possibly developing pathogens in China and was, as early as January, preparing analytical reports that detailed just what was happening while also providing insights into how devastating the global proliferation of a highly contagious and potential lethal virus might be. One might say that the intel guys called it right, but were ignored by the White House, which, per Zenko, acted with “unprecedented indifference, even willful negligence.”

Trump responded to the warnings in his characteristic fashion by praising his own efforts and dismissing the “fake news.” On January 22nd, he claimed that “We have it [the virus] totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” The perception on Trump’s part that coronavirus did not pose a real threat unfortunately shaped the government response as senior officials scrambled to line up their positions on the virus with that of the president. The initial decision to reject the advice being given by the government’s health care officials came from Trump alone and it was backed up by the threat that anyone who did not toe the line might well be fired. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has recently been particularly targeted because he has several times contradicted the erroneous information being promoted by the president.

To be sure, Donald Trump is certainly not the first president to be at odds with his intelligence chiefs, and he certainly has good reasons to be suspicious of anything originating at CIA that might come across his desk. Bill Clinton notoriously had almost nothing to do with his own Agency Director James Woolsey, the two having met only once in two years. But Clinton, for all his faults, did have his staff reviewing and reacting to intelligence community (IC) reports and analysis, something that appears to be lacking in the current administration.

George W. Bush, a friend of the IC, also fumbled the ball like Trump in his administration’s failure to anticipate 9/11 in spite of the fact that “the system was blinking red” for the analysts at Langley in connection with a possible terrorist attack employing hijacked airplanes. However, the Bush failure consisted of a systemic inability to share information and connect the dots rather than unwillingness to respond to intelligence.

Zenko concludes with “The White House detachment and nonchalance during the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak will be among the most costly decisions of any modern presidency. These officials were presented with a clear progression of warnings and crucial decision points far enough in advance that the country could have been far better prepared. But the way that they squandered the gifts of foresight and time should never be forgotten, nor should the reason they were squandered: Trump was initially wrong, so his inner circle promoted that wrongness rhetorically and with inadequate policies for far too long, and even today. Americans will now pay the price for decades.”

So, an already heavily indebted federal government will now go even deeper down a fiscal hole, possibly beyond the point of any real recovery. And we now know that there was plenty of warning from the intelligence community regarding what might be coming, but the information was deliberately ignored. As a side note relating to both money and intelligence warnings, a classified briefing on the coronavirus was provided to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on January 24th. The Senators were so convinced by what they heard that a number of them proceeded to dump vulnerable shares in the stock market before it began its precipitous slide when the threat posed by the coronavirus eventually became too big a story to hide. Some have interpreted the sell-off, which involved both Democratic and Republican Senators, as insider trading, which is a felony. That the three leading Republican Senators involved were too intimidated by the White House that they were unwilling to go to the president and tell him that something had to be done is revealing, as is the fact that they acted secretly to protect themselves.

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  1. onebornfree says: • Website

    “The United States has been at war almost continuously since the founding of the nation in 1783.”

    This “just” in: “War is the health of the state” Randolph Bourne.

    “Regards” onebornfree

  2. “So, an already heavily indebted federal government will now go even deeper down a fiscal hole, possibly beyond the point of any real recovery.”

    If anything has been exposed it is that the federal government including the white house appears to be incapable of effectively managing themselves much less the country. And no greater indicator demonstrates that than the financial mismanagement of the nation’s wealth and its tax dollars.

    You are spot on when you cite how the infusions will be distributed, having learned nothing about WS ,manages its finances or perhaps oblivious and complicit in the matter. After ll billions will returned in campaign finance — it won’t actually produce product or stimulate private economic growth, but it will employ thousands of operatives and get people elected, who themselves will be indebted not to the electorate but the donars.

    again, I am not an enemy of WS, but the tend to avoid holding them accountable is itself — a crime in my view, much more signs of mismanagement.

  3. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    How often does the IC cry wolf? How accurate have they been? How many times have they been wrong? Do they deliberately try to mislead whoever is president? Kennedy was quite disgruntled with them and the way they mislead him particularly regarding the Bay of Pigs fiasco. What’s their credibility and can they be trusted?
    This’ll be a very expensive period of time for the US and others. The usual suspects will be lining up to milk this crisis. Meanwhile millions will be out of work, businesses will go under as a new depression is being engineered from the top down. Deaths will go up from this even as they claim they’re doing it to save lives. I guess they’ve run out of countries they can safely bomb and invade so now it’s this, a novel new terror threat.

  4. For a lot of the bullhorns out there, like Zenko, if Trump personally discovered the cure for cancer tomorrow, he would be criticized for not finding it earlier.
    There is no doubt that Trump is flawed, and some of his decisions are odd, but just what information is being fed to him? That the “intelligence agencies” were telling him that the Chinese were making bio-weapons is not surprising, but how true is it? It seems to me, the way the 6 Eyes+Israel operate is on the basis of they are doing it, so they assume everyone else is. The US has signed onto the The Biological Weapons Convention. It accuses others, on a regular basis of violating the Convention, yet still maintains several bio weapons labs, including Fort Detrick, which was shut down by the CDC last year for a thousand plus safety violations (including “lost” biological agents) in the previous three years. On top of that, the Pentagon is alleged to have 25 bio weapon laboratories outside the US.
    https://blogs.mediapart.fr/matberg-kate/blog/130918/american-diplomats-blood-traffic-pathogens-us-secret-military-program-georgia
    If you aren’t developing bio weapons, why does the military have in excess of 30 laboratories “investigating” bio weapons? Does Trump really have a grip on what is going on, as opposed to what he is being told is going on?
    I’ve been a cynic for close to 60 years. Given what is going on with this pandemic, and the number of well respected researchers going contrary to the official narrative, why would I not be cynical now? Of course what Trump says isn’t true, but does he know it’s not true?

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
  5. meena says:

    However, the Bush failure consisted of a systemic inability to share information and connect the dots rather than unwillingness to respond to intelligence.”

    Intelligence was not allowed to reach Bush by the powerful people like Wolfowitz and his friends before 911

    After 911, they possibly planned to use those instances of failures to crucify him had he failed to listen to their demands . They possibly had other information of possibilities more lethal damages . That why Saffire told and later retracted : “ we know the codes of Air Force 1 “

  6. An excellent article by Philip Giraldi.

    He has such a talent for summarizing great sweeping events.

  7. A123 says:

    Another, Globalist war started by the Fake Stream Media [FSM] would be a better way of putting it.

    As a hypothetical — If the current Administration has the necessary intelligence, what would have been the FSM reaction. CNN, MSNBC, and their ilk would have been on the war path over unnecessary government actions. Look how deranged they became over flight restrictions.

    All shutdowns are functionally voluntary. If there is widespread disobedience, there are few options for the U.S. Government to compel behaviour. Imagine the disaster that would have occurred if NYT and WaPo liars pushed dangerous public behaviour as acceptable. The FSM can change sides and stories instantly. The federal government was effectively blocked from acting until the FSM became permanently entrenched in their pro-shutdown position.

    Again, look at what the corrupt FSM outlets did when Trump said that chloroquine might work. The lying CNN propagandists falsely claimed what Trump said was “dangerous”.

    Globalist Media firms created the war.

    PEACE 😷

  8. MarkinLA says:

    Exactly what was Trump supposed to do BEFORE anybody in the US was sick? Even if Trump had done everything right and nobody died or even got sick, Trump would have been vilified in the press as the boob who shut down the economy to stop the common cold.

    • Agree: A123
    • Replies: @Verity
    , @Erebus
  9. Anon[532] • Disclaimer says:

    The flu killed 61,000 Americans in the 2017 season.

    Covid19 has killed less than 5,000 as of this morning.

    May’s hot weather should have a positive effect, much like it does with the flu. People should keep staying at home, socially distancing, and plasma of former patients and chlorinique should be becoming medically available. The new coronavirus certainly now has Trump’s attention.
    Trump changed his approach upon continually recieving new information.

    • Agree: Lot
    • Replies: @davidgmillsatty
  10. “the intelligence community was collecting disturbing information on possibly developing pathogens in China and was, as early as January, preparing analytical reports that detailed just what was happening”?

    Jan. 3, 2020–CDC first learns of coronavirus from Chinese colleagues, according to Health and Human Services Director Alex Azar.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Chad. Really good. Thank you. Please, Secretary?

    SECRETARY AZAR: Today’s announcement is just the latest in a long line of bold, decisive actions the President has taken to protect Americans from the coronavirus spreading across our borders.

    In January, within two weeks of China’s notifying WHO about the virus and with only 45 cases in China, we began screening travelers from Wuhan.

  11. Verity says:
    @MarkinLA

    Absolute nonsense. China was caught in an explosive epidemic of a highly contagious virus and international travel corridors were not closed. Add to that asymptomatic carriers and long times to manifest with virtually no testing. That virus was going pandemic. To suggest, as Trump did, that 15 identified cases would be zero in a week was as ignorant of the nature of this disease as one can get. So sit back and watch the excuses and finger-pointing at the daily shit show because that’s all we’re gonna get. If you want more become a bank of a Wall Street brokerage.

  12. Hail says: • Website

    The coronavirus…threatens to directly damage entire communities and even states, something that has not occurred in the U.S. since the Civil War.

    Upon what does Mr. Giraldi base this?

    Has he looked into the data? Is he aware that specialists who are researching this all-important question have now concluded the death rate from the virus is 0.01% to 0.2% (several independent estimates using the best available data all agree that this is the range; in other words, the media continues to pump this up; the bloodthirsty media loves coronavirus and CoronaPanic, and is on a weeks-long cocaine-binge about it. CoronaMania. The media does not want good news). Does Mr. Giraldi realize this potentially puts us still in “regular flu range” territory, and, at worst, at “1968-69 Hong Kong Influenza pandemic” territory? (The one no one even remembers who lived through it)?

    Does Mr. Giraldi think the flu “directly damages entire communities and even states” every year?

    Mr. Giraldi is normally a healthy skeptic on what the media is selling, but he seems not to have questioned this. I invite him to do so. There are some out there fighting the good fight against CoronaPanic. One of these is the website Off-Guardian (https://off-guardian.org/).

    • Replies: @Lot
  13. Erebus says:
    @MarkinLA

    Exactly what was Trump supposed to do BEFORE anybody in the US was sick?

    Umm, how about…

    – start a review of the US’ 2019 COVID-like “flu” cases to determine where it was on the curve
    – review treatment protocols and medicines being used internationally (esp China)
    – review/distil/disseminate knowledge gained & stockpile the most promising drugs
    – develop a testing plan & mandate the acquisition of adequate materiel to match it
    – mandate that hospitals actively prepare their staff, infrastructure and procedures
    – mandate that they also develop local cooperation protocols for sharing materiel & staff.
    – build up stockpiles of PPG for medical workers
    – review stocks and plan for replenishment & distribution of medical eqpt
    – review and update lock-down escalation protocols
    – review/update protocols for emergency transfer of medical personnel/eqpt to hot spots
    – etc…

    I’m sure there’s more, but I ain’t a public health expert.

    In the event, if there was any sort of plan at all it amounted to enjoying some schadenfreude, hoping or assuming that China would do all the heavy lifting necessary to contain it, while issuing a confusing barrage of tweets from a background of bickering about who was gonna be allowed to get rich(er) from the crisis if/when it shows up on US shores.

    The virological/epidemiological realities now emerging indicate that SARS-2 had been circulating for quite some time before it “went live” in Wuhan, so it caught the rest of the world backfooted. The US, meanwhile, had (or pretended to have) more warning time than anybody else, but its Keystone Kops response is resonating into a national tragedy which will inevitably be aggravated by the geo-political upheaval we now see waiting at the end of the tunnel.

    • Thanks: Iris
    • Replies: @davidgmillsatty
  14. The United States was founded on July 4, 1776 and not in 1783.
    Have you heard of the Declaration of Independence?
    This is our obligation to our fellow Americans. WE ARE NOT THE BRITISH EMPIRE.

    • Replies: @Observator
  15. anon[965] • Disclaimer says:

    This is crazy talk. What did the so called intelligence agencies know that wasn’t both publicly known and common knowledge?

    The article cites evidence that the intelligence community was collecting disturbing information on possibly developing pathogens in China and was, as early as January, preparing analytical reports that detailed just what was happening while also providing insights into how devastating the global proliferation of a highly contagious and potential lethal virus might be.

    Everyone knew the Red Chinese shut down their economy for a flu like illness that appeared disturbingly severe..

    Did their detailed analytical reports contain more than that? If so, lets hear it, and why were your reports so unconvincing?

  16. Rich says:

    There were 1 million American Indians within the borders of the Continental US before Jamestown was founded, before the Puritans landed at Plymouth Rock.There are now over 5 million who identify as American Indians, and even more who have Indian ancestors but joined in with the greater American population. Some eradication. And this calls into question all of Giraldi’s suppositions. If he is so wrong on something as simple as this, what’s the chance he’s correct on the Israel/Palestinian issue? Are his numbers and suppositions based on the same faulty numbers and history as his “eradication” theory of a people whose numbers have increased and who have full citizenship and voting rights in the US?

    • Replies: @Alfa158
    , @RVBlake
  17. Jeez, the “intelligence community” and their trusty sidekicks the Israelis (colloquially known as the Joos) orchestrated the 911 event. Considering the near unanimous capitulation of congress to the Patriot Act it was a huge success! I sleep much better at night knowing Homeland Security is on the job like the tooth fairy.

  18. @SanityClaus

    The treaties known collectively Treaty of Paris were signed in 1783. In them Britain formally renounced her right of ownership of the former American colonies, giving legal existence to and international recognition of a new political entity called the United States of America. Co-signatories included France, Spain, and the Netherlands, all allied with the American insurgency. Before that, colonial “independency” was` theoretical, awaiting the result of the armed struggle.

    Without French aid, the war effort would have collapsed in 1778. George Washington was forced to call a halt to offensive operations that year. He could no longer purchase supplies and weapons for his men because Continental currency had become worthless – after state legislators refused to levy the taxes necessary to redeem the notes in hard money. Sixty million French livres and ten thousand Royal Marines sent to America by Louis XVI made all the difference.

    Incidentally, by the time the peace finally came, over ten percent of the American people had fled, unwilling to trust their safety to the new order, the largest exodus in our history.

    • Agree: Kratoklastes
  19. I’m sort-of surprised that no one seems to remember that the men who actually fought “America’s bloodiest war” called it “the War for the Union”, because that was its object. A popular image of the era was of a very angry American eagle pouncing on a vulture in the act of stealing eleven eggs from her nest. Promiscuously firing on Old Glory at Fort Sumter doomed the insurrection to failure, even before the echoes of the gunfire fell silent in Charleston Harbor. “An aroused people”, as the patriot catchphrase of the time called loyal Americans, reacted to the outrage with the same murderous rage later generations would feel after Pearl Harbor and 9/11. And this sustained them long after “the Spirit of ’61” lost its appeal for the people of the south.

  20. Alfa158 says:
    @Rich

    Not to mention the Mexican and Central American Indians who number several times those 5 million American Indians, and are now living better lives in the United States that was created by those settlers.
    That’s how history and nature works, people and cultures move and displace other people who can’t compete. In order to hold off the European American settlers, the American Indians would have had to abandon their way of life and adopted stationary large scale agriculture, manufacturing, and permanent settlements in order to develop the population numbers and material resources needed to stop Americans from occupying their land for growth and exploitation. Indian leaders like Pontiac, Tecumseh and Sitting Bull tried to organize resistance to American encroachment but they failed to understand that resistance was futile if they kept sticking to their way of life.
    The descendants of those American settlers have now lost their will to reproduce and to protect the borders of their nation, and are being marginalized, displaced, and replaced.
    That’s how it works, the wheels of History grind away, despite our human tendency to fool ourselves that History is something in books, and not what we all live in every day.

  21. RVBlake says:
    @Rich

    Yes, “eradicated Native American” was a speed bump.

  22. Lot says:
    @Hail

    He bases it off of what his sponsors in the Islamic Republic say.

    “ Some of the wars were undeclared like the centuries-long eradication of the native Americans”

    Blood libel.

    If he really believes this, I’m sure his local indian tribe would be happy to accept the deed to his house.

    • Replies: @Slimtall
  23. Hibernian says:

    The United States has been at war almost continuously since the founding of the nation in 1783.

    The United States has been at war almost continuously since the founding of the nation in 1776.

    FIFY

    The high point of the war from the British point of view was when they held Philadelphia, NJ, NYC, and enough of the Hudson Valley to threaten to cut off New England from the rest of the colonies. After that it was all downhill for them.

  24. @Anon

    The flu did not collapse the health care sector of the economy. That is the difference. And no one seems to know when this pandemic will end.

    Fifteen days ago there were 8,300 US cases. Today there are 275,000 cases. Did the flu ramp up anything like that? Did it cause all kinds of medical care shortages?

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  25. @Erebus

    I am certainly no apologist for Trump. But this was a failure of public sanitation not only by the US but by all of the European countries as well who had no recent experience with epidemics. In contrast this was Asia’s fifth epidemic since 2003 and Asia had learned two important lessons: lockdown quickly and require the populace to wear masks. Those two simple things are the reasons the outcomes in Asia and far different than the outcomes in Europe and in the US. If you have a sanitation issue and you can’t visibly see it, you don’t know how to stop it.

    The Asians have learned in that case, that if you can’t see it to properly sanitize against it, you have to lockdown to prevent its spread. And likewise, masks on all the people are required to prevent its spread. It appears that both Europe and the US had no capability to make masks for every one and had to choose as to who they went to and the choice was to give them to health care workers. Without the ability to manufacture enough masks because we don’t make stuff like that anymore, there was not much Trump could do about that in quick order. And likewise we had no ability to manufacture other protective equipment for our health care workers. But we also refused to lockdown knowing that a lockdown would cause severe economic hardship. We did not understand that an early lockdown causes less of an economic hardship than a delayed one. We had to learn the hard way. Perhaps our hubris and greed had something to do with it.

    If Europe had done far better than we have, then I think Trump should get a huge amount of the blame for where we are. But Europe didn’t figure it out either. Both Europe and the US made rookie mistakes for lack of experience in the big leagues of epidemics.

    • Replies: @Iris
  26. Iris says:
    @davidgmillsatty

    Both Europe and the US made rookie mistakes for lack of experience in the big leagues of epidemics.

    Didn’t the US hold a pandemic simulation exercise “Event 201” in October 2019?
    How much did it cost and who pocketed the money? What were the learnings from this exercise?
    Nil, apparently, as the US is lacking the most basic protection gear and is now procuring on an emergency basis stocks of masks from Russia, a country magnanimous enough to forget it has been under American sanctions for years.

    Comparing the US to Europe only amounts at muddying the water. There exist a very large variety of situations in Europe: Germany is doing extremely well in controlling the pandemic, in contrast with the UK’s unpreparedness. It is pointless to use geographic or cultural proximity as a blanket excuse for incompetence or carelesness.

    One last thing which clearly proves both USA President and IC are disingenous: did any critical, groundbreaking new information come up from China recently that raised the alarm, tipped the opinions and triggered the Covid-19 measures to be applied in America? No, there was none.

    The only new fact is that, suddenly, France decided to apply lockdown on 16 March, and the UK two days later.

    The reason why the US administration did not cater for the pandemic is because it made a deliberate choice and cared more for Wall Street and the Stock Market. And no, it did not care for the would-be-unemployed, otherwise it would bail them out as it does for the plutocrats.

    • Replies: @twelsh
  27. @Curmudgeon

    Thank you for that link.

    Very interesting read.

  28. Slimtall says:
    @Lot

    You don’t know anything about American history but that John Wayne bull s–t

  29. Hibernian says:
    @davidgmillsatty

    That increase is mainly due to greater awareness and more testing. In no way is it an accurate reflection of the infection rate.

    • Agree: botazefa, Kratoklastes
  30. Yup. Bad Trump. He didn’t heed those warnings from the Intelligence Community, not even when they were urgently warning against ae elected president named Trump.

    If only he could be reasonable and compliant like Ronald Reagan and all the rest of the White House figureheads since Ike. At least they knew how to trumpet the IC’s boogieman of Russia, Russia, Russia, whether communist or non-communist. At least Reagan was right on the money with his Star Wars crash program of 1983 to trigger a new avalanche of deficit spending that was, of course, absolutely needed to close the IC’s mythical missile gap with the Soviet, which was quietly falling apart at the time, unbeknownst to the IC experts.

    Shame on that lone German teenager who may never have heard of the IC and the missile gap that was terrorizing brave Americans and their presidents. Hobby pilot Mathias Rust easily evaded all the supposedly formidable Soviet defenses to land his single-engine Cessna in the middle of Red Square, where he proceeded to chat with curious local strollers.

    So, back to the propaganda drawing boards for the IC and the White House. What’s an empire to do without some Hannibal ante portas in order to keep the trillions flowing toward the Pentagon and the national security contractors while the civilian economy goes to pot? If not Russia, then maybe Al Qaeda/911, or ISIS, Iran, Islam. China looks promising. But maybe the ideal enemy threat should be invisible to ordinary citizens, something like the common cold or seasonal flu. Yes, we need a scary bat-flu parasite with an allegedly foreign origin. Got to keep the money flowing uphill.

  31. anon[173] • Disclaimer says:

    otal U.S. coronavirus tally at the end of each Friday. • Jan 17 — 0
• Jan 24 — 2
• Jan 31 — 7
• Feb 7 — 12
• Feb 14 — 15
• Feb 21 — 30
• Feb 28 — 65
• Mar 6 — 310
• Mar 13 — 2,224
• Mar 20 — 17,962
• Mar 27 — 102,636
• April 3 — 275,000 and rising
    —— 1 “Seema Verma ( Trump appointee Medicare Medicad Administrator )suggesting that one reason South Korea has been so effective in responding to the coronavirus is because it isn’t a “free” country like the United States . She can only rely on Fox to have her stupidity unchallenged .
    2 Nurses, the people Lindsey Graham claimed were ripping off America by making $24 an hour

    3 Jared Kushner: “The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be OUR stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states stockpiles that they then use.” 

    Jeffrey St Claire Clounterpunch

    Nancy Pelosi rediscovers the virtue of employer’s insurance .She has figured this out that the employees love it while she sticks the new bailout it to the eyeballs of the workers and laborers in the name successful capitalism .

    Voters keep on electing these stupids because they hate the opponents . What a wonderful way to exercise ones democratic rights ! They always have China or Russia and now S Korea to compare to .

    We have elected and unelected stupids managing a crisis which the same stupids and some more think that this is just a flu like any other flu from the past . Lying eyes tell them to disregard what they see in Italy UK Spain NY city and Louisiana .

    Then some of them indulge in statistics of an epidemic that has not run its course and whose old statistics get shattered by new one the following day .

  32. Athena says:

    Aux barricades, les amis!

    ”Once long ago, a word from your lips and the world turned around
    But somehow you’ve changed, you’re so far away
    I long for the past and dream of the days with you,
    Madame Blue”

    ”Suite Madame Blue, gaze in your looking glass
    You’re not a child anymore
    Suite Madame Blue, the future is all but past
    Dressed in your jewels, you made your own rules
    You conquered the world and more, heaven’s door”

    Suite Madame Blue
    Styx

  33. Not that I’m any fan of the current POTUS, I think its disingenuous to sheet home responsibility to this administration for the ‘crisis’ we’re in.

    After SARS, MERS, H1N1, chicken flu and swine flu over these last 16 years, there’s been ample opportunity for a vaccine to be developed and a plentiful supply of masks, testkits and ventilators to be stockpiled in the event of an outbreak.

    As I heard one of the world’s leading intellectuals, Noam Chomsky, say in a recent interview: “it’s a colossal market failure”. He elaborates and makes the comparison with the polio vaccine:

    “We should think about the origins of this crisis. Why is there a coronavirus? It’s a colossal market failure that goes right back to the exacerbation of the savage neoliberal intensification of deep economic and social problems.

    We’ve known that there was likely to be coronavirus pandemics, modifications of the SARS epidemic of 15 years ago …

    The virus was identified, sequenced, vaccines were available, the labs around the world could be working right then on developing protection for potential coronavirus pandemics. Why didn’t they do it? The market signals were wrong. The drug companies we have, handed over our fate to private tyrannies, called corporations, which are unaccountable to the public, in this case ‘Big Pharma’, and for them, making new body crèmes are more profitable than finding vaccines that will protect people from total disruption.

    It would have been possible for the government to step in. Going back to wartime mobilization, that’s what happened. Polio … was a terrifying threat. It was ended by the discovery of the Salk vaccine by a government institution set up by the Roosevelt Administration. No patents, it was available to everyone. That could have been done this time, but the neoliberal plague has blocked that.

    We are living under an ideology for which economists have a good bit of responsibility that comes from the corporate sector – an ideology that is typified by Ronald Reagan reading the script that was handed to him by his corporate masters and his sunny smiles saying, ‘government is the problem, let’s get rid of government’ which means let’s hand over decisions to private tyrannies which are unaccountable to the public. … The world has been suffering under this for years and it’s now at the point that things that could be done, like direct government intervention on the scale of the invention of the Salk vaccine, but that’s blocked for ideological reasons, coming out of the neoliberal plague.

    The point is this coronavirus pandemic could have been prevented. The information was there … in fact it was well known that in October 2019 just before the outbreak that there was a high-level simulation … in the United States … of a possible pandemic of this kind. Nothing was done. The crisis was then made worse by the … the treachery of the political systems which didn’t pay attention to the information that they were aware of. … “

    Noam Chomsky: Coronavirus – What is at stake? https://youtu.be/t-N3In2rLI4

    Undoubtedly not unlike the September 11 ‘attacks’, this is another Deep State operation to usher in a state of emergency, aka a state of exception to convince the public of:

    – the total digitization of currency (already Australia and India have withdrawn their highest denomination currency notes)
    – the full militarization of police forces
    – the restriction of (domestic and international) travel without government permission
    – the total surveillance of each nation’s citizenry.

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  34. twelsh says:
    @Iris

    ^The reason why the US administration did not cater for the pandemic is because it made a deliberate choice and cared more for Wall Street and the Stock Market.

    That’s absurd.

    Event 201 was a JHU Bloomberg School sponsored event & looks to be funded via grant money by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation…at best its a silo’d event of c-suite\docs\academics to perform a bio-security table-top assessment on pandemics.

    *This live table-top for the US and globe, no doubt will be the most expensive in history. As far as Zenko’s argument that Trump is the one throat to choke is also disingenuous; show me the pandemic continuity plan that was operationalized and the intel from boots on the ground in Wuhan that understood the ground reality. Published reports by academics called to attention that the Lab and Wet Markets were a pandemic waiting to happen…intel analysts surely would have collected that a long time ago. As noted, there are many reasons why the Amin should keep IC at arms length; legacy swamp rats want to keep their business as usual going.

    *The admin had to quickly scrap inherited bio-security continuity b\c it was flawed; moreover it looks like the CDC failed in its mission, while the WHO now looks to be another compromised organization by the CCP.

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  35. @twelsh

    moreover it looks like the CDC failed in its mission,

    The timeline makes it appear the CDC was not failing but succeeding, or telling too much truth, so it was replaced.

    Fauci and Birx were put in place of CDC spokespeople.

  36. @Abby Seeinya S'more

    there’s been ample opportunity for a vaccine to be developed and […] testkits […] to be stockpiled in the event of an outbreak.

    That’s not how vaccines or tests for viruses work.

    A vaccine for other coronaviruses (SARS-CoV-1 from 2003, MERS, HKU1, NL63, OC43 and 229E) has almost no chance of being useful for SARS-CoV-2 (aka SARS-nCoV2019, aka ‘coronavirus’). It probably isn’t even a useful place to start.

    The same is true for tests. A test for the any of the other coronaviruses might generate positive results for people with SARS-CoV-2, but necessarily is not specific to SARS-CoV-2 and so is virtually pointless because it can’t discriminate. It might also be completely useless for SARS-CoV-2, depending on what parts of the viral DNA it looks for.

    SARS-CoV-2 was sequenced by January 6th, so from that point onwards researchers have been able to see what unique parts of the genome can be targeted by tests (and potentially, by vaccines).

    You can’t stockpile test kits until you now what the correct test looks like; then there’s the risk that you fuck up the whole stockpile (as the CDC did with the first batch of tests it sent out – which detected the virus in purified water – which set US testing back about 6 weeks, during which time the US health authorities were flying blind… kept ‘confirmed case‘ numbers down, though)

    It’s not clear why anybody would give a shit about the presence or absence of ‘ventilators’. All the data I’ve seen says that if you’re a covid19 patient and are put on a ventilator you’re as good as dead. (In one study. 31 out of 32 covid19 patients who were put on ventilators, died… a 3% survival rate – obviously biased because only the worst cases are ever put on, but still not very inspiring)

  37. Cking says:

    Gee, too much is assumed to be politically correct and/or true. This article by a very respected person in Mr. Giraldi, is disturbing; don’t you think the ‘Coronavirus’ is or could be a PsyOp, in the furtherance of the 9/11 system that gave us the Iraqi War, NDAA, the 2008 Financial Meltdown, its Solution, the Rape of America? Could we just as easily see the unrelenting coup to oust the President, a flank attack on the President and the US national economy? Who benefits? Gates and Fauci all the way back to the HIV epidemic, have notorious reputations as of vaccination producers, telling us vaccine distribution to 7 Billion people is key to the cessation of Coronavirus’ spread. While we’re waiting for the vaccine we could stay indoors for another 18 months. Just as the Fed/Wall St. central, control, command, has caused the destruction of the US economy and its government, the Corona Crisis sets up an unelected Big Pharma/Medical Supra government mandating all kinds of compliance. These compliance controls, let your imagination go, all the way to taking people off the street who have not been vaccinated, should make people with Intelligence suspicious, concerned, and angry that we have elected and appointed political people acting more like party apparatchiks for the Private Sector.

    100 million Americans are driven into Poverty, caused by the Fed/Wall St. system. America suffers, Globalization, Hunger, Homelessness, High unemployment, Drug Addiction, Malnutrition, Diabetes, 1.5 million deaths a year from prescribed drugs; our country is dying and no one cares; certainly no one in the Congress will call for a war-time-like mobilization to confront the dangers.

    While we’re all concerned and focused on the Coronavirus Crisis, our economy is destroyed, small businesses, run by our best creative people, workers who will do anything for so little, truly the brave, who face all kinds of risks, are especially hard hit. In the furtherance of the 2008 Financial Meltdown, and the Rape of America, The Fed has entered into an Agreement with the Global Investment Company BlackRock, that gives BlackRock unlimited power over the Fed’s operations in supervising, distributing bailouts and the purchase of assets. The implications are outrageous, where is the outrage? Is anyone even looking at this ‘Agreement’?

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