Among the more irrational criticisms of the Trump administration is the claim that the pandemic threat was well-known, but little to nothing was done to prepare for it.
The claim is irrational because risk assessments are complex and mitigation strategies are not always feasible, especially when politics is involved. The simple reality is that no one could have foreseen or prepared for Covid-19 specifically; we only imagine that we could have with the benefit of hindsight.
But here’s a threat that is very much in the same risk category: high-severity, low probability, with a known mitigation strategy. And again the feasibility of the mitigation depends on politics. Moreover, the probability of the risk increases each day the pandemic continues to weaken our economy and our society.
Critics of the president who think we didn’t do enough to prepare for Covid-19 may wish to throw their weight behind the need to prepare for this threat.