Donald G. McNeil Jr. cites many reasons why US pandemic response was disgracefully incompetent, and why it’s wrong to pin all the blame on Fauci, or make a saint out of him either.

Fauci is a courageous scientist and was a dutiful civil servant doing the best he could with little actual authority, trying to mitigate an ongoing disaster.

He was also the only powerful medical official with the stones to contradict Trump.

New York Times Magazine Interview With Dr. Fauci: Science Fiction