As the coronavirus war rages on, Donald Trump has been enthralled with the various sets of numbers running about his team and on cable TV. Then on Wednesday, a Navy captain sent out an S.O.S. to Washington DC begging the Pentagon to let his thousands of sailors off the Theodore Roosevelt,. He wanted to interrupt the progress of this ugly virus before more than his 100 sick sailors could come down with it. In an inexplicable reaction, those up the food chain said “no.”
Now, why would they react that way? After all, leaving infected sailors among the aircraft carrier’s cramped quarters could easily infect the rest of the men and handicap U.S. military readiness. As news of this incomprehensible move played in the background, the House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) responded.
He tweeted that after Pearl Harbor and 9/11, the government’s nonpartisan commission reviewed the situation so that the nation could “learn from our mistakes:”
‘After Pearl Harbor and 9/11, we looked at what went wrong to learn from our mistakes. Once we’ve recovered, we need a nonpartisan commission to review our response and how we can better prepare for the next pandemic. I’m working on a bill to do that.’