The Vandals Who Moonlight as repairs
Thanks to Revelations From Anthony Fauci’s email account obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, the American people have just uncovered a murder secret in which the helpful butler turned out to be a cackling villain. The story of Fauci’s role in the birth of COVID-19 seems almost tailor-made for outrage from the conservative media. Can it be real
The evil butler cliché shouldn’t appear in real life – but somehow it turns out that the same man President Trump blamed for the nation’s pandemic response was funded Gain-of-Function development of SARS-CoV-2 through the National Institute of Health, ignored important mitigation and treatment methods as recommended by experts, and helped cover up evidence This suggests that the virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Many Americans have already put this together April 2020. It has always been painfully apparent that the proximity of the Wuhan outbreak to China’s leading virology laboratory could not be explained away. We all remember when the December 2019 revelations of Researcher and whistleblower Li Wenliang followed by his quick silence by the Chinese police and his suspicious death of “natural” causes. We have never been fooled by Faucis Flip flops, duplicity, and constantly changing goal posts. If we’ve looked closely enough, we may have noticed that too Controversy over the EcoHealth Alliance last year– the same organization Peter Daszak was working for when he emailed Fauci to thank him for discrediting the laboratory leak hypothesis.
While Fauci’s chance as a pandemic plague rat seems far-fetched, when you think about it, it isn’t all that surprising. The supermanager archetype so often blamed for solving our national crises inevitably comes from a tight-knit group of elite bureaucrats: ivy-educated, liberal, parasitic and opportunistic. These are the responsible men and women. They don’t just solve problems; of course they can do it too.
Is it so hard to believe that our government – even one supposedly headed by a Republican president – would hire the same bureaucrat to both fund NIH virology in a foreign country and a pandemic response to a virus from the same country to monitor? Fauci’s story of failure (accompanied by political wisdom) dates back to 1984 and includes scientific errors in HIV / AIDS research, a failed anthrax vaccination program, and several unenforced errors in responding to flu, Ebola, and Zika virus.
In government, “whoops” is often the motto of the successful.
This has been true since there was a leadership elite: no aristocracy or performance society, but a rule of the most indulgent and programmed pencil pushers. Well-connected, “corporate men” mediocrity in positions of power create big problems – and are then ridiculously tricked into solving them while hoping nobody Googles their résumé.
There are numerous examples of celebrated failures – in foreign policy, for example, when the CIA thought it wise to spend $ 3 billion on arming the mujahideen in Afghanistan against the Soviets. Three decades later, after the former mujahideen turned al-Qaeda agent Osama bin Laden attacked the World Trade Center on September 11th, President Bush attempted to appoint Robert Gates, the CIA director who described himself as the “ultimate insider” of the Afghan proxy war, as the first director of the National Intelligence Service – a step recommended by the 9/11 Commission. Apparently, if Gates got us into this mess, he can surely get us out of it.
The same logic has perpetuated the legacy of Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan long after his statements and monetary policy fueled not one but two financial crises – the dot-com bubble and the subprime mortgage crash. Despite his tarnished reputation the Senate called him as an expert in solving inflation and a tight job market in 2009. There he gave birth to the trope of immigrants doing the jobs Americans don’t and called for both legal and illegal immigration to be expanded as a “safety valve”. Perhaps Greenspan was pursuing the elusive hat-trick of national disasters.
Then there is this newer example: As Republicans seek to regain their political base, party leaders have chosen Paul Ryan to lead the way. Armed with conservative principles and a brilliant track record, he declared from the open-air stage in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library that he knows how to get the GOP back on track. Surely Ryan isn’t going to toss it straight into the ground to serve his ideology, as he has consistently done for the past decade. Law?
No matter how error-prone and untrustworthy is, this guy keeps coming back like a bad old penny. You randomly scroll through the news and you are back in the headlines, wielding a position of power and authority. Anthony Fauci is just the youngest in a long line of apparatchiks and managers who is characterized by failure. Ruling class officials like him – elites in name only – will continue this pattern until a credible replacement resists.
Andrew cuff writes on conservative issues and political reform from Latrobe, Pennsylvania. You can find him on Twitter @AndrewJCuff.
The Vandals Who Moonlight as Repairmen first appeared on The American Conservative.