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Vice President Mike Pence and other U.S. officials take questions from reporters at the White House. Vice President Mike Pence and other U.S. officials take questions in the press briefing room of the White House, Washington, March 10, 2020 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).

The Many Ominous Signs About the Shambolic U.S. Response to Coronavirus

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

These are humbling times to be American, or at least they should be. They are humbling times to be an American journalist, too, especially one of my generation, who spent a career spanning the 1980s to the end of the aughts traveling the wide world as a foreign correspondent.

America, of course, had problems back then, indeed very real problems. But one function of America’s immense wealth and power during this period was the illusion, which foreign correspondents could sustain without too much difficultly, that the world was innately more interesting than their own country, because the world was where most of the acute problems of the day lay. ...

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