James Jay Carafano and Jenna Baker McNeil of the reliably rightist Heritage Foundation write, “The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting that, as of April 28, there have been 40 cases of swine flu in the United States. The spread of this flu and the associated deaths in Mexico have left Americans frightened and concerned. While these concerns have led to calls to contain the outbreak by closing the border with Mexico or instituting travel restrictions, a border-centric strategy is not an effective solution for dealing with the swine flu.”
“Instead, local health departments should focus on educating Americans about common-sense precautions individuals can take to lessen the likelihood they will be infected. Both Congress and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should reinforce these prudent measures rather than exacerbating fears and advocating less effective measures.”
See their complete, Strategy for Swine Flu Should focus on Common Sense, not the Border at the Heritage website.
I wonder if they pounded out this WebMemo after watching yesterday’s Senate hearing with Secretary Napolitano and Rear Admiral Shuchat. In response to questions from Senator McCain, Dr. Shuchat was crystal clear that in her scientific judgment closing the border would not contribute in any way to containing or mitigating spread of the virus.
The simple clarity of the uniformed physician/scientist seemed to shock some of the Senators. But when she began to explain the science behind her judgment, Dr. Shuchat was cut off. I perceived that Secretary Napolitano — wisely — intervened to move on to other topics.
It is almost as if JJ and JB felt compelled to follow-on from where the Admiral was not allowed to go. But whatever motivated the attention, thank you.