1. Could things have been different? Could sanity have prevailed with covid? Hindsight is always 20/20. And it's very easy to armchair quarterback. Still, some tentative conclusions may be useful to discuss.
2. At the beginning, it was understandable that authorities would err on the side of caution and take a "wait and see" approach. It contradicted past pandemic procedures, but I sill get it. But once the spring and summer of 2020 rolled around...
3. ...there was enough data to know what was going on. But by then, the panic had become too embedded in the popular mind. The president should have set up a special information task-force to counteract the propaganda being spewed by the MSM. It would have helped.
4. This was information warfare. And the battle was lost early on by INACTION at the highest levels. The playing field was conceded to the enemy (the MSM). Their lying narrative was allowed to go unchallenged for too long. And at some point, I think the president...
5. ...simply gave up. He sensed on a gut level that trying to oppose the narrative was a wasted of time. I don't agree. The dissenting covid voices on Twitter (Berenson, El Gato Malo, etc.) should have been deployed and weaponized on a large scale.
6. This strategy would have done much good. Instead, nothing was done. The result has been catastrophic. The lesson: never abandon the field, and NEVER neglect the importance of information war. It is a true dimension of conflict.
7. Specific things that should have been done:
(a) Televised presentations by someone explaining the realities of covid. Ross Perot style infomercials.
(b) Immediate, amplified refutation of MSM lies (by CNN and Washington Post.
(c) Assign teams to refute lies on Twitter.

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