How Dick Cheney Created Anthony Fauci

BY Herschel Smith
5 months ago

UnHerd.

By 2003, the Bush administration was requesting $2 billion in annual budget for biodefence — a sum that, as the Los Angeles Times noted, exceeded the combined research budgets for breast cancer, lung cancer, stroke and tuberculosis. That year, Bush announced in his State of the Union address that he would propose a further $6 billion for the development and stockpiling of vaccines over the subsequent decade, in addition to baseline biodefence funding.

The money was essential, but transforming a core element of America’s national strategic defence was as much about restructuring the governmental and human aspects of biodefence as it was funding them. In the case of research-based bioweapons preparedness, Cheney’s masterstroke was to remove the fragmented biodefence research programmes from various departments, institutes and centres, and place them under the aegis of a single institute: the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), led then, as now, by Anthony Fauci.

A 2003 NIAID article detailed what this shift meant for the relatively obscure public health agency: “In 2003, NIAID was assigned lead responsibility… for civilian biodefence research with a focus on research and early development of medical countermeasures against terrorist threats from infections diseases and radiation exposures. NIAID later assumed responsibility for coordinating the NIH-wide effort to develop medical countermeasures against threats to the civilian population.” While the statement is laden with references to “civilian research”, it included a crucial caveat that explains much about its role right through the Covid-19 pandemic: “Because new potentially deadly pathogens, such as avian influenza, may be naturally occurring as well as deliberately introduced by terrorists, NIAID’s biodefence research is integrated into its larger emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases portfolio.”

In other words, as far as NIAID was concerned, there was no meaningful administrative distinction between biodefence and scientific research. With the stroke of Cheney’s pen, all United States biodefence efforts, classified or unclassified, were placed under the aegis of Anthony Fauci. So important was this new command structure that a representative from the office of Scooter Libby, Cheney’s powerful chief of staff, was physically placed in NIAID headquarters in Washington during the transition to function as “a kind of political commissar” from the vice president’s office. This gave Fauci unparalleled access to not just Cheney, but President Bush, to whom he had an open channel.

Fauci now had a virtual carte blanche to not merely approve but design and run the kind of research projects he sought — and could do so with no oversight structure above him. Biodefence projects that formerly would have fallen under the authority of military or intelligence agencies were now under his direct supervision.

It’s this that explains one of the most bewildering irregularities surrounding Anthony Fauci: his compensation. As widely reported, Fauci is the highest paid member of the federal government, out-earning the President, four-star generals, senators, and Super Court Justices. His salary roughly doubled that of his own (nominal) boss, until recently, NIH director Francis Collins. Fauci’s giant pay packet can be traced back to 2004, the year after NIAID was made the country’s top biodefence authority agency. According to a report by Forbes, that year NIH deputy director Raynard S. Kingston wrote a formal memo to the agency’s director, Elias Zerhouni “to request that the current retention allowance [amount redacted] for Dr. Anthony S. Fauci be converted… in order to appropriately compensate him for the level of his responsibly in his current position of Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), especially as it relates to his work on biodefence research activities.”

Bush and Cheney gave us the Patriot Act, the war in Iraq, and the broken war in Afghanistan.  Now we learn they gave us the wicked high priest of science, Anthony Fauci – and by extension, Covid and all of its destruction of the economy of the nation.  And Cheney of course gave us his horrible daughter.

Can anyone think of anything good Bush and Cheney did for America?


Comments

  1. On August 30, 2022 at 10:05 pm, Fred said:

    Bush let the AR-15 ban expire by telling congress he wouldn’t sign the reauthorization of the ban. I bought my first ar shortly thereafter and became a pro gun political activist.

    But, when asked what my wakeup call was, it was Paulson, Treasury secretary (I think) under bush, that went to Congress to bail out the banks right before handing the reigns to Hussein Obama at the depths of of the 08/09 housing crash. It was that moment which led me to understand that America is a banana republic.

    They could have forgave every mortgage, not just the bad ones, but every mortgage in America for a fraction of the price of bailing out wall street. Of course I don’t endorse the notion of government paying every home mortgage but it’s an illustration to make the point of the absurdity of the bailouts and ‘too big to fail’.

    I count all this as good. After all, I could still be a pro government go team America sleepwalking retard.

    Not only that, but one of the calling factors, that God used, was causing me to realize that freedom, true freedom, comes only by salvation in Christ Jesus. I got saved during that whole housing crash mess.

    Hey, if I see either of them in heaven, after I punch them in the nose, I’ll thank them for all they’ve done for me. Heh!

    But you’re question wasn’t what did Bush/Cheney do good for Fred.

  2. On August 30, 2022 at 10:11 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    But Bush wanted to reauthorize the AWB and didn’t have the votes in Congress to do it.

    https://www.myplainview.com/news/article/Bush-Favors-Bill-on-Assault-Weapons-Ban-8805864.php

    And many other sources.

    Of course, the purpose of the bailout wasn’t to help Fred or me. It was to help the bankers to recover from the toxic loans.

  3. On August 30, 2022 at 10:39 pm, Fred said:

    I was in New York City during the crash. I was completely oblivious to the danger I was in if the government had just let things run their course or been unable to calm the markets. The stock market was going to zero, not hyperbole, actual zero, worse than great depression bad. New York City, no food, no economic activity other than theft and murder for survival and no escape but that didn’t even cross my mind until much later. That’s how trusting I was that government loved us and and would save us.

    One day the stock market will go to zero. They all do. They won’t be able to stop it forever. But when it does it will only be a reflection of true economic situation we’ve been in since the fed took over.

  4. On August 31, 2022 at 4:30 pm, dad29 said:

    Anything good?

    They left office.

  5. On September 1, 2022 at 4:58 am, Rick said:

    Mengele had already been well established in his lair. Have you forgotten the scourge that developed in the late 1970s, aka AIDS scare?

  6. On September 1, 2022 at 8:11 am, Latigo Morgan said:

    I remember Bush saying he’d sign a new AWB if it made it to his desk, as well.

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