By Duncan Smith
Dr. Anthony Fauci’s name has become one of the most recognizable in America, but that’s not always been a good thing.
In fact, increasingly, the mention of Fauci’s name in much of the country will elicit eye rolls, angry retorts, and even threats of violence — the latter of which we would never condone, by the way.
Nevertheless, Fauci remains the lead flip-flopper-in-chief in the Biden regime’s continued battle against COVID-19.
His back-and-forth regarding restrictions and so-called ‘science’ surrounding this pandemic is now legendary, and again, not for the right reasons.
But writing in the Washington Times on Thursday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich believes Fauci’s time as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has passed and that he should hang up his shingle and his stethoscope for violating his own beliefs regarding research into dangerous viruses.
After praising Fauci’s work on the HIV/AIDS viruses early in his tenure at NIAID, Gingrich notes:
The fact is: Dr. Fauci was one of the most effective, indeed brilliant medical researchers of the last century. However, he is now so absorbed in defending the indefensible that he can best serve the country by stepping down.
Dr. Fauci forecast his own problems in an Oct. 9, 2012 article in the American Society for Microbiology. Written in true scientific fashion, the average citizen is unlikely to read a short study entitled 'Research on Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Influenza Virus: The Way Forward.'
This article from nearly nine years ago predicted the kind of problem that might be posed by scientific research on a dangerous, highly contagious virus that could potentially spread rapidly as a pandemic with devastating consequences.
The scientific community had already recognized that researching potential pandemic creating viruses was a dangerous process. In fact, Dr. Fauci was writing during a moratorium on this kind of research imposed by the researchers themselves.
His comments add up to a tragic forecast of what was not done, and a condemnation of the path taken at the Wuhan Institute of Virology – even though Dr. Fauci and his team were supposedly monitoring and funding the Chinese lab.
In his paper, Fauci wrote: 'In an unlikely but conceivable turn of events, what if that scientist becomes infected with the virus, which leads to an outbreak and ultimately triggers a pandemic? Many ask reasonable questions: given the possibility of such a scenario— however remote—should the initial experiments have been performed and/or published in the first place, and what were the processes involved in this decision?'
Continuing, Gingrich said:
Back then, Dr. Fauci already recognized that dealing with the potential for a worldwide pandemic that might kill millions, incur enormous dislocations in the economy, and impose extraordinary restrictions on citizens the 'potential benefits and risks of these experiments must be discussed and understood by multiple stakeholders, including the general public, and all decisions regarding such research must be made in a transparent manner.'
Dr. Fauci knew that decisions that affect billions of people cannot be made by scientists on their own. He warned his fellow scientists in 2012, 'We cannot expect those who have these concerns to simply take us, the scientific community, at our word that the benefits of this work outweigh the risks, nor can we ignore their calls for greater transparency, their concerns about conflicts of interest, and their efforts to engage in a dialog about whether these experiments should have been performed in the first place. Those of us in the scientific community who believe in the merits of this work have the responsibility to address these concerns thoughtfully and respectfully.'
Fauci has since forgotten what he warned about, apparently — or simply dismissed it, Gingrich points out, which is cause enough for him to retire (or be retired by the administration):
The more than $826,000 the National Institutes of Health funneled to the Wuhan laboratory through the EcoHealth Alliance was apparently not accompanied by any serious controls. Dr. Fauci and the U.S. government relied on Chinese promises of 'doing the right thing.' When the crisis broke, none of the research the American taxpayer paid for had been copied and placed in American hands.
Just for trusting the Chinese dictatorship Dr. Fauci should retire.
“The principles Dr. Fauci had outlined were right. The practice which followed failed to meet those principles,” noted Gingrich.
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