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Your government failed you again, as with 9/11.

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"The government failed you." Richard Clarke, who worked in the White House as the counterterrorism coordinator under both Clinton and Bush, said that the government did not do enough to stop the 9/11 attacks, which killed more than 3,000 Americans. Shocking Healing. True.

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It was missing from the government's COVID-19 pandemic report. Don't panic. Despite the CDC's announcement that they will review their handling of the pandemic, political officials of both parties have gone from vowing to "beat this virus" to referring to it as "endemic" with little to no explanation for their failures to prevent, contain, and mitigate the virus's deadly spread.

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Comparisons between how 9/11 was planned and how COVID was dealt with are inevitable. They were made in the early days of the epidemic, when a government official said that the public health care system had been "blinking red" since January 2020, echoing CIA Director George Tenet's warning before 9/11.Our nation's failure to care for its most vulnerable citizens throughout the pandemic is worse than on 9/11.

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The United States has the greatest death rate among the world's wealthiest nations and among the highest of all nations, on the eve of COVID's zoonotic spread. COVID-19 kills 1 in 400 Americans. The pandemic has shown that the country with the most resources to fight a pandemic is the worst at doing so. Contrary to popular and bipartisan resignation, this didn't have to happen. Why? Again, 9/11 is applicable.

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The national security apparatus in place before 9/11 and the world's best public health infrastructure before the pandemic were the result of trillions of dollars of investment for the same bedrock purposes: to provide a multi-layered early warning system against a surprise attack and to support institutions that could combat and mitigate an attack if it occurred.