Remember Operation Warp Speed!

By Christopher Harper

As Joe Biden tries to take a victory lap over the vaccination program, he and the media have suppressed any praise for Operation Warp Speed, the Trump program that made the shots available far sooner than anyone expected. 

On May 15, 2020, President Trump announced the program to encourage private and public partnerships to enable faster approval and production of vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The name came from the speed of travel from Star Trek

Here’s how constant Trump critic David Sanger of The New York Times greeted the program:

“President Trump is pressing his health officials to pursue a crash development program for a coronavirus vaccine that could be widely distributed by the beginning of next year, despite widespread skepticism that such an effort could succeed and considerable concern about the implications for safety.

“In more normal times, a vaccine can take upward of a decade to get through all the regulatory approvals. Some officials note the dangers of rushing: During the Ford administration, a rushed vaccine for swine flu caused several dozen deaths and damaging side effects.”

A photo cutline that accompanied the article said: “Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned the president and his team that a vaccine would take at least a year to develop and produce.”

I checked the article for a correction or a retraction and found none. 

That doesn’t surprise me. Neither does the absence of praise for what President Trump and his administration helped accomplish: a vaccine for the virus.

Only recently, a bevy of media hacks misrepresent Trump’s role in finding a solution.

CNN political analyst Gloria Borger falsely said Operational Warp Speed occurred under President Biden, and no one on CNN’s panel corrected her in real time. The correction to the falsehood came much later.

“Everybody understands that Operation Warp Speed happened under Joe Biden, but getting vaccines into arms was a Biden operation,” Borger said.

The Trump administration gave somewhat more than $12 billion for the development and testing of the vaccines. So far, two of the companies that got money, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, have effective shots. A third vaccine from Pfizer got substantial funds from the German government, and the Trump administration ordered 100 million doses for $2 billion. 

Without Operation Warp Speed, the vaccines would not have been available to stop the spread of the virus.

As Paul Harvey used to say: “And now you know…the rest of the story.” 

Thank you, President Trump!

The Blue Man’s Burden

With Thanks to Mr. Kipling

TAKE up the Blue Man's burden -
Enlist forth the best ye breed -
Go bind your kids to service
To all the public's need;
To wait in heavy harness
With Badge pinned on your chest -
Confront the criminal element 
That never is at rest.

Take up the Blue Man's burden -
In patience to abide
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred threats diffuse,
The Angry, doped or sullen,
So normal lives resumes.

Take up the Blue Man's burden -
To savage streets give peace -
Be present at the accident
So life may not soon cease;
When every single moment 
From domestic to traffic stop,
May bring unexpected crisis 
To Bring your hopes to naught.

Take up the Blue Man's burden -
No social workers in sight,
As you walk the streets and sweep em
Neighborhoods full of fright.
When calls are make go enter,
Where others fear to tread,
Confront them with your living,
And mark them with your dead !

Take up the Blue Man's burden -
And reap the new reward,
The blame of those you protect,
The hate of those you guard -
The tag of "racist" bear it
As activists make their cry:-
Though you're the first they shout for,
If foes come in their sight

Take up the Blue Man's burden -
You dare not stoop to less -
And enjoy the sweet poured coffee
To cloak your weariness;
Your spouse may cry and worry,
When leave for work you do,
While media and academia
All throw their ire at you.

Take up the Blue Man's burden -
Have done with childish days -
Don't seek lightly proffered laurels,
Or Cultures easy, praise.
Come serve protect and guard them
Through all the thankless years,
And when day duties are over,
Know you've have earned your beer.