It’s another day in the Homeland States of America, and so your faithful public servants are bringing you yet another reason to be afraid that evildoers are coming to get you. The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation, which includes hawkish former members of the United States Senate, has issued a report declaring that “The Commission agrees and believes that the U.S. government needs to move more aggressively to reduce the threat of bioterrorism.” The Commission therefore gives the federal government a grade of F for its efforts to “Enhance the nation’s capabilities for rapid response to prevent biological attacks from inflicting mass casualties.”
The Commission’s Executive Director Randy Larsen says that the failure of the government to provide H1N1 vaccine to everyone who wanted it as soon as they wanted it this year is proof that the USA is not adequately prepared for a bioterrorist attack.
We all know what happened because of the lack of preparedness for the swine flu, don’t we? We got a normal flu year, and if we allow that to happen again, well, things would still be normal.
But seriously, we all remember what happened in 2001, with the anthrax attacks, right? Um, do you remember, don’t you? The attacks apparently came from within the United States, as a form of protest against lack of bioterrorist readiness.
Okay, but that’s not the point, right? The point is that we must never allow that to happen again, because five people died from anthrax infections! Of course, between 50 and 100 Americans die every year from the chicken pox.
The fact is that there has never been a serious biological terrorist attack against the United States, ever. There’s also no credible, specific information that any such attacks are being planned by anybody in particular. Yet, the federal government is spending more than six billion dollars this year in efforts to prevent bioterrorist attacks.
Still, Larsen complains, there is no one in the federal government who is taking the lead in preventing bioterrorism. Well, there’s the Department of Homeland Security, of course. There’s the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention too. Also, the Department of Health and Human Services. But, you know… besides them.