I’ve asked several of these same questions myself.
For the record, I don’t believe there was a U.S. conspiracy against China either. I think there is a much simpler explanation.
The U.S. and the UK have known that a pandemic was the single greatest threat to their populations for the past twenty years. The RAND Corporation concluded years ago that a pandemic was the only “existential threat” that was “capable of destroying America’s way of life.”
There have been multiple simulations of a pandemic (Dark Winter, Atlantic Storm, SPARS Pandemic, Clade X, Event 201, Crimson Contagion) in which the pathogen has been either a smallpox attack or a novel coronavirus emerging in China. There were two such simulations (one by the Gates Foundation and the other by HHS) last year alone. In all the war games since Dark Winter in 2001, the U.S. federal government has lost miserably to the virus. This wasn’t a failure of imagination. It was a nightmare scenario that politicians simply didn’t want to think about.
What were the odds that Trump would have to confront the worst pandemic since the Spanish Flu before the 2020 election? The odds of that happening were extremely remote. Trump has about the same IQ as Simple Jack and is known for his belief in the power of positive thinking. Norman Vincent Peale was his family preacher. This is how Trump convinced himself the coronavirus would “disappear like a miracle” in April and conveniently cease to be a problem for his reelection campaign.
Every year these simulations happen and reports are filed where they end up collecting dust because what democratic politician wants to think about such an unwinnable doomsday scenario? The truth is that it wasn’t just Donald Trump who failed here. Even the experts who are now being attacked by the conspiracy theorists for being a part of a vast global conspiracy didn’t want to believe that the virus was actually this deadly when the news first broke in January. They dismissed the “alarmists.”
In the UK, Boris Johnson spent the entire month of February ignoring the coronavirus. In January and February, Boris was focused on getting BREXIT done and his pregnant girlfriend who recently gave birth to his sixth child. Neither Donald Trump or Boris Johnson took the coronavirus seriously until the stock market dropped. Boris was so cavalier about it that he repeatedly exposed himself to the virus by shaking hands with coronavirus patients which is why he got the virus almost died from it.
Boris and Trump are conservative liberals.
They didn’t want to think about the virus or have to take responsibility for dealing with it. It was bad for the markets to even bring it up in public. The preferred “National Conservatism” strategy was to do nothing that would upset the markets.
U.S. intelligence briefed OUR GREATEST ALLY Israel on the virus in November. It appears that Netanyahu didn’t take the virus seriously either though. Trump himself wasn’t briefed about it until January and he typically doesn’t read the intelligence reports anyway. Reading is hard and is for nerds and for all Trump knew it could have just been more Deep State misinformation.
Note: As I write this, there is another report gathering dust somewhere about the megadrought in the Western states which is going to eventually upend life there with far more lasting consequences than the pandemic.