Well done, Congress. It’s now time to respond to China.
Phase three — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) rescue package still wending through Congress — blew the doors off the normally staid Senate. The rhetorical explosions in the “world’s greatest deliberative body” came after Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) injected partisan politics into a relief bill’s speedy march toward urgently needed passage. The Democrats’ attempts to notch other victories on issues irrelevant to the virus, such as diversity on corporate boards, were quickly exposed.
But the country still needs a phase four because it needs to respond to the purveyor of the plague: The Chinese Communist Party, or the CCP.
Nature produced covid-19, just as it had in 1918 with the flu pandemic, and subsequently with H1N1, Ebola, SARS and MERS. We all know that the novel coronavirus began in China’s Wuhan province. Did Chinese authorities alert the world to the nature of the problem? No. The CCP didn’t bother even after it realized it had an epidemic on its hands. The CCP covered up, kept experts away and tossed out journalists. And the world is now paying a catastrophic price.
Phase four must deal with a regime that is nearly equal to the United States in economic strength, and superior in stealth and ruthlessness. A multi-faceted approach is necessary. “This strange new reality has forced our nation into something like a wartime footing,” said McConnell. “A fight has arrived on our shores. We did not seek it. We did not want ...
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