The United States is looking for a glimmer of hope these days. Anything will do, just so long a it pushes us further away from this pandemic and this necessary isolation. and back toward normalcy.
A movie can only detach us so far from the madness, and even binge-watching television series is a distraction that comes to an end, thrusting us back into the uncertainty of the next two weeks.
There are some who are looking toward a time after the virus crisis, however, and preparing the world for the next step in our recovery, which is figuring out just how this happened and how the world was caught so unprepared. Much of the answer to that latter question will revolve around the information that China has been providing the world, and whether or not it was misleading – whether nefariously or purely of negligence.
One former US Ambassador is already fairly furious about the situation.
China’s handling of the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic has raised questions about the communist nation’s priorities, where it seemingly put its own domestic politics ahead of the global public health. According to former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty, a GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Tennessee, that decisionmaking by the Chinese government was criminal.
Hagerty was appearing on a radio talk show airing out of Huntsville Alabama when he expressed his gravest of concerns.
“…I’ve worked with China and seen how they operate for years. And I can tell you, what they’re trying to do right now with this Wuhan virus is the crime of the century in my view,” Hagerty continued. “I think it’s the greatest cover-up in human history. When they tried to act like it didn’t come there — they even said the United States, our military somehow put it there. It’s just unbelievable. We know the virus started there. We know it was their efforts to try to hide it, to not disclose it to the rest of the world. It cost Chinese lives. Now it has gotten out. It cost lives, and it has cost economic damage all around the world. The Chinese are playing what I believe is a public relations game, and what they should have been playing is working hard on public health.”
US Senator Marsha Blackburn has already suggested that China could forgive a portion of the US debt held by Beijing in an amount that would approximately equal the economic impact of Beijing’s blunder.
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