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Tom Cotton leads the China attack (via Qpute.com)

A headline in Politico last week called US Senator Tom Cotton the Republican Party’s “No 1 coronavirus China hawk.” This was not an honorific title but one that was well earned and well deserved. He has been the most vicious attack dog on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s blame China team.

As early as January, when the world was just beginning to grasp the full significance of Covid-19, Cotton charged that the virus that causes the respiratory disease came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China’s Hubei province. He planted the seeds of accusation without providing any supporting evidence, but that’s how propaganda is supposed to work.

Sometimes he shared with the media that it may have been an accident that the Wuhan lab let the virus loose. Other times he hinted that the lab may have created the virus in order to let it loose on the world. His allegations were carefully vague so that he could not be pinned down. 

Pompeo and President Donald Trump play the same blame game even though the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a press release last Thursday stating: “The intelligence community also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the Covid-19 virus was not man-made or genetically modified.” (Of course, this statement is subject to withdrawal, if the boss threatens to fire the DNI.)

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