President Joe Biden attends a virtual briefing on Hurricane Ida in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building’s South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, D.C., August 30, 2021. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) The reality is that neither Biden nor Trump deserves blame for COVID deaths. Neither had a silver bullet.
One of the most morally revolting talking points taken up by the Left in its effort to deflect attention from Joe Biden’s deadly incompetence in Afghanistan is minimizing the deaths of 13 troops in Kabul by pointing out that more people are dying from COVID every day.
Of course, if we use the standards that Democrats set during the Trump years, those COVID deaths are also the responsibility of President Biden.
It should be said that comparing deaths caused by a faceless worldwide pandemic to the deaths of American troops who were needlessly placed in a perilous situation by an administration that handed security of Kabul to the Taliban is a special brand of cynical partisanship. Both Afghanistan and COVID are tragic, but only one is man-made, an avoidable massacre that was perpetrated by enemies and made possible by our government’s ineptitude and bad decisions.
You might remember that liberal pundits had taken to using similarly ugly comparisons involving 9/11. Paul Krugman once noted that the death toll of COVID-19 was already the equivalent of “60 9/11s.” MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance wrote that Trump had “single handedly caused the equivalent of 67 9/11 level deaths.” This was the tone of much of the coverage.
Well-adjusted human beings — those not consumed by politics — tend to treat tragic events as distinct situations. They react to a death from meningitis or a car accident with grief, while reacting to a death resulting from a first-degree murder or drunk driving with anger and grief. Most well-adjusted people also comprehend that living in a free, modern society comes with unfortunate embedded risks. We don’t talk about the cumulative total of vehicular deaths as we would the Holocaust.
But, again, if the president was personally responsible for the deaths of thousands
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