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A Coronavirus Commission Is Crucial for America's Recovery

Dean Emeritus Admiral James Stavridis asserts the need for accountability and understanding of the COVID-19 crisis, via his Bloomberg Opinion column.

As I stumbled out of a burning Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, lucky to be alive while my office was in flames, the refrain playing through my head was simple: “How did this happen?” Similarly, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the nation — and especially the Navy — had to ask, “How did we fail?”

And here we are in 2020, with 210,000 dead from the novel coronavirus, a fatality toll vastly larger than that of those two tragedies and approaching that of some of America’s wars. U.S. leaders must begin the painful and politically charged process of asking two questions: What caused this catastrophe, and how did we fail to react properly? 

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