Jack Bernard writes a blog, jackbernardstravels.com, about his encounters around the world. He has been a pilot, lawyer, restaurateur, NGO manager, and bicycle traveler. This essay first appeared in his blog and is reprinted with the author's permission.
The Chernobyl and Covid-19 emergencies are egregious examples of the failure of leadership. Russian bureaucrats blamed low-level operators at the nuclear plant. America, Russia, and China all tried to shift the blame by firing whistleblower troublemakers.
As a pilot and lawyer, I’m accustomed to having a checklist to guide me through challenging situations. If the Pentagon has contingency plans for nuclear war, isn’t it reasonable for the federal and state governments to have contingency plans for a Black Swan health event like coronavirus?