Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Foreign Relations Boil Down to Two Things: Talking With People or Killing Them." -- Unknown

"Mobs Do Not Rush Across Town to Do Good Deeds." -- James Lee Burke

"Colt .45s; putting bad guys underground since 1873." -- Unknown

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Yeah, I Called It.

As I noted yesterday, Trump was asleep at the switch as warning of an impending pandemic were put into his daily brief, which he doesn't read (or listen to when oral summaries are given).

Before Trump became president, there were stories that he wasn't paying attention to intelligence briefings. I noted that in December, 2017 and said that we were going to get another episode of "Bin Laden Determined to Attack the U.S".

This is not meant to be self-congratulatory, as I've been wrong about a lot of shit. What it is meant to note is that it was obvious, to even a most casual observer, that Trump was incurious and ignorant and that he was totally incapable of responding to a national emergency.

And so it has come to pass. This is not Trump's Katrina, it is his Chernobyl-- a disaster that was first ignored, then covered up and lied about until the truth became too obvious to hide.


CenterPuke88 said...

I think Fukushima Daiichi is perhaps a better comparison. The event was foreseeable, but the responsible party (Donnie) had supervised the destruction of the infrastructure created by Presidents 43 and 44 to address this type of event, which veers into Chernobyl territory. Additionally, Fukushima has the extensive, ongoing impacts that Chernobyl (relatively) lacks, although it lacks the wide consequences of Chernobyl’s plume, in the short term.

Maybe this is more akin to Katrina? But that only impacted a small area of the country. Perhaps he simply needs to be viewed as akin to Calvin Coolidge, except Coolidge escaped office just as the results of his leadership became evident.

Tom Shefchik said...

Since November practically everyone was sending warnings to the impeached president to deal with the virus, and except for the impotent January 31 travel ban he ignored it all until the stock market tanked. He seems to have believed that if he just ignored it, the virus would go away. Republicans seem to be making the same mistake. And I wonder, if the meat packing plants continue to be Covid-19 hot spots, if we’ll even still have hamburders? If not, would Republican legislators volunteers to work in them? Not likely.

Stewart Dean said...

...and will the hamburger be safe to eat?