I keep seeing this “lab leak” nonsense about how COVID-19 originated in a biological warfare lab in Wuhan — all presented with absolutely no evidence by sloppy reporters who have turned “it’s remotely possible” into “it happened!” I read the articles and am just appalled at the total lack of supporting evidence for the claims, and I have to wonder what’s going on here. Is this more sabre-rattling at China, and why would anyone be interested in stirring up conflict with China anyway?
Well, here’s an interesting observation of a link between the current lies and incitement and a similar set of stories that were circulating almost 20 years ago. One of the first and most prominent stories promoting the “lab leak” inanity was an article in the Wall Street Journal.
But the article published by the Wall Street Journal—beyond being totally unsubstantiated and presenting nothing fundamentally new in terms of “intelligence”—is presented by a lead author who happens to have helped fabricate the most lethal lie of the 21st century.
The lead author of the Journal piece, Michael R. Gordon, was the same man who, along with Judith Miller, wrote the September 8, 2002 article falsely asserting that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was seeking to build a nuclear weapon.
That article, entitled “U.S. says Hussein intensifies quest for a-bomb parts,” claimed that “In the last 14 months, Iraq has sought to buy thousands of specially designed aluminum tubes, which American officials believe were intended as components of centrifuges to enrich uranium.”
The claim was a lie, funneled to the Times by the office of US Vice President Dick Cheney.
Why does this Gordon fellow still have a job? For that matter, why isn’t Cheney in jail for making up lies that led to a war that killed hundreds of thousands of people? (By the way, why is Cheney still alive? Wasn’t his heart reduced to a putrescent lump of feebly twitching slime by his own evil?)
So one of the same guys who gullibly promoted lies about Iraq fed to him by a war-monger is now pushing the lab leak hypothesis. It makes me wonder who is feeding this lazy patsy now.