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When the smoke clears on this Wuhan virus tragedy (and I mean the tragedy of the working men and women of this nation who have seen their livelihoods and life’s work and, sometimes their actual lives destroying by the unreasoning panic inflicted upon us by the public health nazis), one thing will become blindingly obvious, the nation and the Trump administration were failed at every turn by the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Time and time, Fauci has been proven wrong, such as his opposition to stopping travel from China…not to mention his institute funding research related to the coronavirus at the bio lab that is still at ground zero of the Wuhan virus’s origins and continuing that funding until early May.
While one can never get entirely away from the gut feeling that Fauci is in this to torpedo President Trump as much as he is to fight the virus, there are other indications that he simply doesn’t know what he’s doing.
His flip-flopping on masks seems to me to be more of an effort to get right with the #Resistance after initially stating what sane people know, that masks do not keep you from being exposed to a virus and neither do they keep you from spreading it.
If you can get air in and out of a mask, any virus is going to go with it–and I don’t care who or what Bill Nye blows while using a mask.
Using the excuse that you lied about mask use to keep people from buying them shows a) a reckless disregard for the life of the average American if you believed that to be true and b) leaves us faced with the Liar’s Paradox when evaluating any other advice given by him.
The other bizarre point that he makes in that Zuckerberg video is that science changes. Sure. But if you are going to have the gall, and hubris, and arrogance to demand that the largest economy on the planet be shut down based on what you are calling science, when that science is revealed to be bogus, you don’t get to say ‘my bad’ and pretend it didn’t happen. Lives have been literally destroyed. We know that tens of thousands of people died or suffered irreparable harm because they could not get, or were afraid to seek, treatment for strokes, heart attacks, or chemotherapy for cancer. If you made those recommendations and they were disastrously wrong and based on bad science that you promulgated, you owe it to all of us to STFU and go away. You have forfeited all of the credibility you had. This is what is known as “accountability.”
It seems pretty straightforward. Fauci was against masks because they are known to be ineffective as they are currently being used. His opposition lasted right up to the point where President Trump became a known mask skeptic and proving Trump wrong became more critical to the left than lives or science or the US economy.
Infectious diseases are not new. Coronaviruses are not new. The idea that we could have known so little about such a common virus given the billions of dollars (Fauci’s 2019 budget was $4.754 billion that is with a ‘b’), we have to ask some serious questions. Like wtf was done with our money?
The most damning thing I’ve seen from Fauci, though, was the interview he gave yesterday to PBS NewsHour. To me, it confirms that Fauci is primarily a political being who is more than willing to suck up to people of monstrous incompetence and give them cover. My colleague Bonchie posted on this appearance a little earlier today Dr. Fauci Proclaims New York ‘Did It Correctly’ as His Credibility Burns to the Ground.
We know that, when you do it properly, you bring down those cases. We have done it. We have done it in New York. New York got hit worse than any place in the world. And they did it correctly by doing the things that you’re talking about.
Whatever the f*** it was that New York did correctly, we don’t want to inflict that it on the rest of the nation. Even now, New York has over four times the national average of deaths per capita. New York’s response was a barking shambles, a Six Flags of incompetence. As many as 10,000 people died unnecessarily…we’ll never know because New York changed how nursing home deaths are coded to prevent a full accounting…because of it. It, as far as we can tell, did nothing. And states that didn’t do it, even ones were formerly stalwart governors, like Greg Abbott and Asa Hutchinson, have utterly unmanned themselves in panic, had nowhere near the carnage and economic and social dislocation as those states who did it. The only thing it did correctly was killing off thousands of vulnerable people in nursing homes while sowing panic and vacuuming up resources that could have been better used elsewhere.
The only reason that Fauci can logically be praising New York without prompting, other than being a flaming imbecile, is to curry favor with Andrew Cuomo by giving him top cover from the massive number of wrongful death lawsuits that are inevitably going to hit New York.
This is sad to say, but it is difficult, at this point, to believe that either Dr. Fauci or the CDC’s Dr. Redfield are doing much of anything but trying to shut down the US economy for partisan political gain and institutional aggrandizement of power and resources.