Coronavirus Determined to Strike The United States

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Reports surfaced last month that the U.S. intelligence community and even the Army warned the White House about the coming pandemic in both January and February, but that was not the first time they were warned.

According to ABC News, military intelligence became aware of threat as far back as November and began circulating that information among multiple agencies in the federal government and the National Security Council at the White House.

Curiously, the November intelligence report was apparently based on intercepted communications and images from China gathered by the Pentagon's National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI).

The report was the result of analysis of wire and computer intercepts, coupled with satellite images. It raised alarms because an out-of-control disease would pose a serious threat to U.S. forces in Asia -- forces that depend on the NCMI’s work. [...]

"Analysts concluded it could be a cataclysmic event," one of the sources said of the NCMI’s report. "It was then briefed multiple times to" the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s Joint Staff and the White House. Wednesday night, the Pentagon issued a statement denying the "product/assessment" existed.

From that warning in November, the sources described repeated briefings through December for policy-makers and decision-makers across the federal government as well as the National Security Council at the White House. All of that culminated with a detailed explanation of the problem that appeared in the President’s Daily Brief of intelligence matters in early January, the sources said.

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China reported its first case of the novel coronavirus on November 17th, 2019 so this report suggests that military intelligence knew about it almost immediately if not before their first case was disclosed publicly by the Chinese government.

This obviously paints the Trump regime's response as an even greater failure as the threat posed by the virus was conferred to political leadership two months before the first case was reported in Washington state and nearly five months before the outbreak exploded nationally.

The Trump White House never took the threat seriously and never prepared for it and I see their lack of response as very similar to the Republican party's refusal to take climate change seriously.

We are governored be religious right numpties whose faith infects every facet of their life including their governing philosophy. They believe only God has the power to the change the earth's climate, not humans, and if the world is changing then it's God's will. Similarly, they believe God will protect the United States from a calamity like the coronavirus and if she doesn't then we should embrace death with open arms. A wide variety of religious and conservative pundits and elected Republicans have said we should reopen the economy and if that leads to countless deaths then so be it.

But death doesn't poll very well and there's an election coming up.

  • mnpollio

    Unfortunately, we also have a legion of people in this country who continuously vote against their own self interest. History and numbers have demonstrated for generations that Democrats are better for the economy than Republicans, but voters still give Republicans votes based on their “great handling of the economy”. Recent history has proven that Republicans are garbage at “keeping us safe” and yet they campaign on their failures and claim the opposing party is “soft” on safety. History and numbers have proven that Democrats are more likely to help the working person as opposed to Republicans who want to stick it to them, but voters have a fairy tale vision of Democrats as out of touch elites who do not understand the working or middle class, so they hand votes over to the very people trying to destroy the poor and middle class. However, Republicans have excelled at screaming at voters that all of their complex problems are quite simple and all are actually the fault of [insert minority or exploited demographic here] and only they (the Rethuglicans) can fix this problem by stomping on the said [insert minority or exploited demographic here]. Until the ignorance is removed out of the voters (those that bother to vote at all that is), we are doomed to repeat this sad self-defeating circle.

  • Tony Lavely

    “Similarly, they believe God will protect the United States from a
    calamity like the coronavirus and if she doesn’t then we should embrace
    death with open arms”
    While I agree with the idea, there is NO chance the RW believes in a god whose pronoun is ‘she’.

  • muselet

    Military intelligence knew an epidemic had begun back in November, and briefed not only Defense officials, but also the White House. This should have lit a fire under the entire government, specifically including taking the previous administration’s handbook on pandemic response down off the shelf and following the simple, stepwise instructions contained therein.

    Instead, the executive branch dithered and denied and wasted valuable time, and relied on its allies in Righty media to help smear experts and the administration’s critics.

    Nancy LeTourneau at Washington Monthly’s Political Animal blog looks at the current spin:

    What [Righty media’s argument about the pandemic] comes down to is an attempt to suggest that the experts overhyped the threat, Trump handled the crisis perfectly, and it’s all over now so we can get back to work.

    The entirety of Righty media is pushing this line, which means it’s all Donald Trump is seeing and hearing.

    LeTourneau also informs us:

    According to a report in the Washington Post, Trump is preparing to announce another coronavirus task force. This one will be focused on making recommendations about reopening the nation’s economy. But rather than staffing the task force with experts on pandemics, the names being mentioned include people like chief of staff Mark Meadows, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

    [link omitted]

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I hate this timeline.