John connor wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:04 pm
You do realize Trump imposed a travel ban way back in January from China despite what his own administration was telling him and then he was given BS and saying he was racist and other crap.
Oh yeah, I remember that and also remember saying that the way the travel ban was set up, would end in a disaster as it was full of holes. That was one of those media stunts, implying that it would would come directly from China. But, a simple stopover in another country ... and pass right through sir,madam!
Of course it slowed down entry, but it also allowed, even induced entry via other ways AND gave a false sense of security (to those who believed). The same mistake was made in Europe initially. The difference is, Europe = 50 countries with no single formal leader, but the US = 50 states with 1 president who had the total authority to close borders.
Sometime in March, an acquaintance of mine returned to the US from Germany, and as a US citizen he (+ wife) walked right through, no checks at the US border. As far as I remember, in March I wasn't even allowed to leave Belgium without special authorisation and GDI Belgium was hermetically sealed overnight.
To be honest, I can't remember the time sequence of the various measures installed in each country and I'm too lazy to look it all up, but I do remember having discussions about how the US was closing its eyes (and about 1 guy stating: we got it under control) instead of learning from the rest of the world. GDI Italy was in full bloom, and Spain's and Germany's buds were already half opening.
Respectfully, the US (under the leadership of ...) acted as though it was just one of those things it can handle like nobody else can.
Luckily there are State governors and city Mayors who took action on their own (and that it wouldn't be good for their "approval rate" was accepted collateral damage).
The moment Wuhan was sealed, there was no doubt that Mayhem was to come: yet still now there's a buffoon claiming that he/they are in a good place. (and oh yeah, the reason we have so many cases, is because we test so much, BTW it's tremendous testing, the best in the world, so that probably implies the cases are also the best in the world.
For clarity's sake, no president could have stopped this, but it sure could have been levelled (which it hasn't been yet) a lot earlier. (but yeah self glorification is a time-consuming business and n°1 priority).
End of rant: I'm even disillusioned by my giving in to the urge to react (another 15 minutes wasted)