Glide path, v2.0

“We’re coming in hot. …”

James Fallows, himself a pilot, wonders what the National Transportation Safety Board might make of Adolf Twitler’s response to the pandemic.

In the previous two decades of international public-health experience, starting with SARS and on through the rest of the acronym-heavy list, a standard procedure had emerged, and it had proved effective again and again. The U.S, with its combination of scientific and military-logistics might, would coordinate and support efforts by other countries. Subsequent stages would depend on the nature of the disease, but the fact that the U.S. would take the primary role was expected. When the new coronavirus threat suddenly materialized, American engagement was the signal all other participants were waiting for. But this time it did not come. It was as if air traffic controllers walked away from their stations and said, “The rest of you just work it out for yourselves.”

“We’re approaching our final destination. Please return your tray tables and seat backs to their fully upright positions, place your heads between your legs, and kiss your asses goodbye. And thank you for flying Trump Air.”

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10 Responses to “Glide path, v2.0”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Word. And Fauci has lots of culpability in this hot mess. He knew masking up early, when they were telling us to cough and sneeze in our sleeves, would have saved tens of thousands of old souls in old bodies. This regime has zero credibility.

    • SAO' Says:

      You know how every teevee show about doctors shows your residents sprinting from the lab with the test results to the exam room where they show up out of breath … then you go to a real emergency room and you’re not sure if you’re in a medical facility or a US post office, because people are moving slower than slow?

      I’m pretty sure the first week of medical school is where they tell you that people are gonna die no matter what you do, and you need to get over it, and not take it personally, I don’t lose any sleep over it when it happens

      Fauci might be our last best hope, but he wears the badge of apolitical, work within the system, don’t rock the boat, better that a million people die of the disease than 10 people die testing the cure.

      And there doesn’t seem to be anyone willing to put their neck on the line.

      I don’t get it… Dude is 70 something years old, pretty successful career, why not go down in a blaze of glory, sticking it to the man, truth to power, all of that? Why not step behind the Lecturn and just pull a Network-style meltdown? Scream, “I’m working with idiots! Our president sleeps through all the meetings! If I don’t put “Trump“ in every other sentence, I totally lose him!!”

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        I don’t get it either, buddy. I’m going to check out his testimony to Congress today and see what he says today now that shit has hit the fan.

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        Essentially, they, Fauci and Redfield, said that it will get worse, the surge affects the whole country, masks are good, science deniers are to blame, and we told you what the criteria was to re-open the economy, and you ignored it. Pitiful and pitiless at the same time.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          I don’t see how anyone with half a brain could think otherwise. A threadbare patchwork of half-measures enacted by states and localities, with zero federal leadership — less than zero, actually — ain’t gonna get the cattle to Abilene. I don’t think our governor is going to be very cheery this week if she’s been seeing what I’ve been seeing.

          Our conservative neighbor doesn’t like wearing a mask. But he has a daughter, and a grandchild, and a mother in assisted living. So he wears the mask. It’s that simple. It seems to be the one thing everyone can do that makes the slightest bit of difference.

          Well, that, and not electing eejits to high office.

          • Shawn somehwere in the same place I was in yesterday Says:

            Do any of us like really wearing a mask? I am who I am and wearing a mask for effect is not my kind of thing. But exhaled water vapor will do it’s fluid mechanical thing and curtailing it a little with public face masking is a practical thing to do. Fortunately we have at least a portion of society that understands the practicality of science that slows the spread of our little solar shaped friend. But the other portion of society that is in it for beer, beaches and belief communion may end up whittling us down another couple hundred thousand souls before our medicinal savior is revealed. I’d like to say we’re gonna learn but we are only human and said vices are pleasant to imbibe in and on. I’m just going to try and keep those around me safe until we are no longer thought of as expendable and the big syringe descends upon us.

            Halle-Lou and You!

          • Pat O’Brien Says:

            You are only expendable on this side of the velvet rope.

  2. B Lester Says:

    Did you see this? Very interesting.

    • Pat O’Brien Says:

      I have seen their ads on YouTube. They are exactly the kind of talk that the dumpster uses. Fire with fire is what, and the little man is pissed. I think they are effective and based in truth that is hard to argue with.

      • B Lester Says:

        I thought his explanation of the ads in DC pointed to an audience of one and that the reptilian reaction they intend to provoke spoke volumes…also funny.

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