“We have met the moment and we have prevailed,” said President Donald Trump Monday, as he supported the opening of the U.S. economy before the shutdown plunges us into a deep and lasting depression.
Tuesday, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, made clear to a Senate committee his contradictory views.
“If states reopen their economies too soon, there is a real risk that you may trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control,” said Fauci. “My concern is that we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks of the disease (and) the inevitable return of infections.”
Fauci is talking of the real possibility of a second and even more severe wave of the pandemic this summer and fall, if we open too soon.
There is evidence to justify the fears of Fauci and Dr. Robert Redfield of the Centers for Disease Control, who told the same Senate committee, “We are not out of the woods yet.”
Yet, there is a case to be made for the risks that Trump and red state governors are taking in opening up sooner.
The Washington Post daily graph of new deaths nationally has been showing a curve sloping downward for a month from April’s more than 2,000 a day. On no day yet this week did the U.S. record 2,000 dead from the virus. On some days, there were fewer than 1,000.
The graph for new coronavirus cases, which was showing more than 30,000 a day in April, is now closer to 25,000.
Also, hospitalizations and ICU occupancies are not as high as they were. Hospitals put up in Central Park and the Javits Center seem not to have been needed. There was and is no shortage of ventilators. The Navy hospital ships Comfort and Mercy are returning to their home ports.
Also, not all states are suffering equally, nor are all communities in the hardest-hit states. There have been three times as many COVID-19 cases in New Jersey as in Texas, though New Jersey is a fraction of the size and has a fraction of the population of Texas.
There are twice as many cases in Massachusetts as in Florida, the nation’s third-most populous state with one of its highest percentages of retirees and elderly. There have been five times as many cases in New York as in California.
It is the nursing homes filled with the elderly and ill that have proven to be the real killing fields of this virus. According to The New York Times, one-third of all deaths from COVID-19 have come among residents and staff of nursing homes. Beyond these are the meatpacking plants and the prisons where social distancing is almost nonexistent.
Moreover, while Fauci and Redfield are specialists in epidemics, Trump’s portfolio goes far beyond that.
He is chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, responsible for the security and defense of the nation. His portfolio is broader and deeper than those of Fauci and Redfield.
In the first hours of the Normandy invasion, General Eisenhower must have been rightly alarmed about the high U.S. casualties on Omaha Beach. But he also had to concern himself with the failure to capture the Port of Caen to bring ashore the armor to stop any German counterattack that might turn D-Day into another Anzio.
Ike could not worry about casualties alone.
According to The Washington Post, economists already project that 100,000 small businesses have shuttered, never to reopen.
“(D)eeper and longer recessions can leave behind lasting damage to the productive capacity of the economy,” warned Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday. “Avoidable household and business insolvencies can weigh on growth for years to come.”
Ultimately, Fauci is not “The Decider” here. Trump is.
It is he who is accountable to the nation for weighing the losses, both human and material, due to his decisions.
Fauci may be the best at what he does, but he is still only an adviser. As John F. Kennedy said after the Bay of Pigs, it is the president who ultimately bears responsibility for what he does and fails to do, while “the advisers may move on to new advice.”
Believing he can do no more than his White House is now doing to contain the incidence of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, Trump has decided his primary job is to prevent the nation from a catastrophic economic collapse from which it might take years to recover.
The country is slowly moving in Trump’s direction, slowly opening. And he will be responsible for whether the policy succeeds or opens the floodgates to a second and worse wave, should it come.
As Abraham Lincoln put his situation: “I mean to keep going. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me won’t matter. If I’m wrong, ten angels swearing I was right won’t make a difference.”
Patrick J. Buchanan i
The pandemic of 2020 has exposed a gangrenous limb, the stench of which has only been hidden through and equally exposes gangrenous strangling of truth.
The US military currently runs biological laboratories, some funded through USAID, some tied to universities and other groups, across the US and around the world.
These laboratories are funded in the billions of dollars and are overtly tasked with developing vaccines to protect Americans, military and civilian as well, from potential bioweapon attacks.
Much of this research involves creating “chimera” viruses, mostly corona-based bat viruses, that manifest themselves as devastating airborne plagues that destroy lung tissue.
The US has partnered around the world, China, the Republic of Georgia, across Africa, capturing bats and weaponizing the diseases found, using gene splicing.
Then vaccines are developed, ostensibly, as a protection against other nations who are doing the same so that the United States is never the victim of a pandemic that may well infect a million and kill a hundred thousand or more.
But there is a problem.
The research on the creation of the viruses is published. Their effects, including and especially the difficulty in creating vaccines to treat them, is carefully outlined as in research done at Harvard or the University of North Carolina.
But there is a problem.
There is never published research on the cures and preventions, the treatments, the vaccines that these studies, that these billion-dollar studies come up with.
One once considered the withholding of such data as an issue of national security, that the US wanted to maintain an advantage if an adversary, though there are no proven adversaries involved in such research despite allegations, were to unleash a coronavirus attack on the US.
But there is a problem.
You see, the US, as early as November 2019, has come under attack, of a sort anyway, from such a virus, be it somewhat “natural” or contrived by an adversary real or imagined.
The ensuing pandemic, which has crippled the United States, should well have triggered the deployment of biological research capabilities achieved through $10 billion in research into bat borne coronaviruses which, we were told, included treatment protocols and vaccines.
But there is a problem.
Now we find, lo and behold, that after $10 billion in research in how to make viruses identical to that which now threatens the US (and so many other nations as well), in fact no treatments or protocols were developed at all, no vaccines, no anti-virals, nor any plans or preparations made to protect either the US or its military forces.
In fact, nothing whatsoever was accomplished other than creating bioweapons supposedly intended for development of protective capabilities.
One could construe, were one of a questioning nature, that America’s vast program of bioweapons research has always been one of weaponization only and has in no way whatsoever taken into account the security of the United States and the protection of its people.
Then we look further for confirmation of this hypothesis, a devastating one which seems, thus far, to put the US under scrutiny as a rogue nation involved in illegal research in direct violation of international conventions that the US is still party to.
A basic proof would be to look at the papers published, primarily since 2002, and look for patterns, names involved, areas of research, funding origins, basic analytical intelligence work.
Veterans Today tasked a team with doing this, led by medical professionals including a director of the World Health Organization.
Their findings took little effort as no effort to conceal a glaring truth was made, either out of hubris or, more likely, confidence that interest in a painful truth could be easily deflected.
One would assume, out of rationality, that if a pandemic struck the US, those scientists who were the world’s experts on the varying bat related corona viruses, scientists tied to the US facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland or at major universities, scientists whose published work has been financed by the Pentagon and USAID, would have been immediately called upon to combat what is termed COVID 19.
The list of scientists (names withheld), constituting the most qualified epidemiologists and virologists experienced in the highly specific area of the Wuhan Horseshoe Bat Virus and its many analogs, is readily available to the public or investigative journalists.
Yet, when one peruses their publications, their obvious expertise as it applies to the current pandemic, one is shocked to find that none of the experts are, in any way, involved in finding cures or treatments.
Moreover, they are not only not being called upon but they are also not coming forward as well and, worse still, no one is asking why.
Some call it the “military mind.” Born of privilege, of exceptionalism and of the utter lack of moral compass, the “grand masters” of the Pentagon and their partnership with scientist of a similar ilk, may well have brought the planet low, sickened millions and killed countless more.
Clearly definable through countless published scientific papers, all peer reviewed and published in prestigious journals, a small army of the world’s top virologists and epidemiologists have tied themselves to “military research,” mostly since 9/11.
The history of bioweapons as a mainstay of US policy originates in the 19th century with the Cherokee “Trail of Tears.” This claim was made by author Ward Churchill and has, over and over, been denied, typically by Pentagon financed researchers tasked with cleaning the very checkered history of the US military of its long list of massacres of civilians, of prisoners of war and of its torture and genocidal removals.
There is a simple truth. There is nothing the Pentagon will not do based on its ability to wave the flag, and if that doesn’t work, threaten and bury those who would expose wrongdoing.
That said, based on the gullibility of the American people, which shows no limits whatsoever, the sinister forces that have led the US military, cloaked in a bloody flag, into gangsterism and worse, embracing pseudo-religious cults, fomenting torture and terrorism on a grand scale, have found their ultimate weapon.
The proof is there for any to see, pandemic is a weapon.
By Gordon Duff
Source: New Eastern Outlook