Communist China learned well the lessons of her generals over the millennia. All of the strategy and subterfuge currently at play has been described in collections such as “The art of war” by General Sun Tzu. Communism has cemented the philosophy of patience and cunning because the government has total control over everything: the economy, news media, internet censorship, elections, and health care.


Now, we are at the mercy of a virus which reportedly originated in Wuhan, China. There has been conjecture about the virus being a product of the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, but there is also a wet market located nearby. A wet market is the standard throughout Asia even though most countries have outlawed them.


When the outbreak was discovered by the Chinese government in December, it was kept quiet. This terrible act will likely cost tens of thousands of lives worldwide.


Between the short time the outbreak was discovered and our government was made aware and took action by closing travel form China. Tens of thousands of Chinese and Americans had traveled back and forth across the Pacific Ocean, not knowing that they might be infected and be infectious.


The pandemic


By now, we are all aware of the travel and meeting restrictions, and school, restaurant, and business closings. And, of course, there is the run on groceries, especially toilet paper.


The epidemiology of what is now officially called COVID-19 is still not completely charted out. It seems to induce upper-respiratory discomfort first, then a runny nose, sore throat and fever. But then the killer function may kick in with a form of pneumonia that is extremely difficult to treat in that it clogs the lungs with thick mucus. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable.


Another factor is uncontrolled migration. Italy and parts of Europe are paying dearly for political correctness in accepting migrants willy-nilly from all over the world. In fact, even after the pandemic was acknowledged, Italian officials encouraged citizens to hug Chinese as a symbol of solidarity.


So, we stop flights from China, Europe, U.K. and Ireland, and the Democrats still do not want to secure the Southern Border. Last week, President Trump closed the Canada and Mexico border crossings to non-essential travel. Good!


A shelter-in-place order could soon come to Texas, as it has in New York, California and Illinois, among others. No half-measure will be effective.


The upcoming battle


We must control the rising number of infections, because if infections outpace available hospital facilities and life-saving supplies, the mortality rate can skyrocket.


So far, President Trump has done a superb job in managing this dire crisis and marshalling the leadership, brain power and resources to meet the challenge head-on.


It is disturbing to see the games being played by the Democrats by throwing pet project funding into the initial bill for pandemic relief.


Another inexplicable attitude is that of the press with their hectoring questions at the daily pandemic briefings. Trump’s tone has changed at these meetings and rightly so. In this emergency, he should not be seen as combative, so he has become much more of a calming figure.


It was interesting to watch the first several press briefings where some of the reporters tried to lure him into angry arguments. It did not seem to work. While there were many testy exchanges, a notable one was when an ABC reporter asked if calling COVID-19 the “China Virus” was racist. Trump’s brief reply was simply: “It’s from China.”


Keeping America safe


In light of the coronavirus, the Trump administration is seeking to encourage American companies to produce more pharmaceuticals and begin tapering off dependence on China.


Does anyone think that it might have been bad strategic planning to let that dependence on China to have happened in the first place. One has only to look at previous administrations and congresses to find the answer to that. It was the lazy way to do business.


President Trump is well aware that fighting the pandemic is absolutely the first priority. Following that, securing the U.S. both in military might and economic power must take hold or we will find ourselves victim of lazy, corrupt politicians and predatory foreign enemies again.