We know that COVID-19 is deadly, but after more than 15 months in which COVID-19 has changed every aspect of our life, there remain many things about COVID-19 that we don’t know.
Did it come directly from nature, a lab leak in Wuhan, or some mixture of the two? Did science become politicized? Why didn’t American scientists, many of whom immediately raised the concerns about a Wuhan lab leak when COVID-19 entered our world, actively pursue further investigation of their concerns?
The more we learn the more troubling these questions become. In many ways, the situation involving COVID-19’s origins and explanations strikes me much like the now-discredited Steele dossier, which served as the legal basis for the Mueller investigation of President Trump.
In the Steele dossier, former FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok intentionally choose to pursue an outcome, not follow the facts. Had they conducted a legitimate investigation, Page and Strzok would have quickly realized the Steele dossier was likely a Russian disinformation campaign. By putting an outcome first – facts be damned – Page and Strzok led the country on a wild goose chase, which ended up accomplishing nothing but eroding trust in the FBI.