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Buttigieg tells ‘Axios on HBO’ Biden Admin is considering COVID negative tests for flights

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If it wasn’t enough hassle just getting to a flight now-a-days, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg revealed during an ‘Axios on HBO’ interview that the administration is mulling the requirement that all passengers take a COVID test proving they’re negative before boarding any domestic and international flights in the United States.

Seriously? The tests are not always reliable and with multiple effective vaccines being distributed throughout the globe what sense is adding another burdensome regulation to an already burdensome travel situation.

“There’s an active conversation with the CDC right now,” said Buttigieg with regard to the test requirement. “What I can tell you is, it’s going to be guided by data, by science, by medicine, and by the input of the people who are actually going to have to carry this out.”

If we’re considering this test, why not require a medical exam for all communicable diseases before flying anywhere in the world? Wait, we don’t want to give anyone any ideas right. Imagine the long lines? How long before the flight would the test be given in order for a passenger to be cleared? If the test is given days before the flight couldn’t the illness be contracted in between and the passenger could still board the flight infected? Who knows, but I think we’re fine the way we are until otherwise.

What about false-positives? Now, that would be a bummer.

In my opinion, requiring a test before flying is taking it several steps too far. The science shows that wearing the masks and the police state tactics to ensure that those masks are on your face during the flight is doing the trick.

Buttigieg, like many bureaucrats in Washington D.C., believe that the minute they hold a new position of power in the bureaucracy they need to create more paperwork and chaos.

Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing.

For the full interview go to Axios.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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