13 lessons from the Crozier incident

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An 80-percent solution delivered on time is almost always better than a 100-percent solution delivered too late. Captain Crozier was hyper-focused on a solution he believed would meet 100 percent of the CDC guidelines for protecting his crew. Unfortunately, that solution—moving his crew into hotels in Guam’s tourist district—was not within the Navy’s ability to implement without significant local government and business help, an effort which would take days to weeks. There were other, more immediate, solutions within Crozier’s authority to direct, but he elected not to pursue them because they were not “ideal” solutions.

Dr Birx

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In between Doc Birx dutifully reciting the West Wing’s talking points, many of the well-compensated talking heads . . . said wasn’t it a shame that an eminent physician such as Birx was placed between “a rock and hard place”? She can’t really push back against the president’s quackery, they lamented, because she might lose her seat at the table. This, of course, is the “adult in the room” theory that has dogged our combustible president since the day he took office.