USCG Admiral Thad Allen has spent a lot of time of late in front of the television cameras after the White House realized he made a much better face-man than, say, Janet Napolitano (oops -- did I say that out loud?).
Perhaps some of this time would have been better spent in front of a web browser, where he might have Googled his own 2002 recommendations from the 2002 International Oil Spill Conference (PDF).
Among the national issues identified back in the days of the evil Emperor Chimpy McBushitlerburton was this gem:
Put simply, this document summarizes the '2002 Spill of National Significance Exercise' in -- you guessed it -- the Gulf of Mexico.
A certain Vice Admiral by the name of, uhm, Thad Allen was in command of the entire region.
On page 3 of the document, a process to instantly waive The Jones Act was put in place.
The Times-Picayune notes that Thad Allen 3.0 officially retired from the United States Coast Guard today, but he will stay on as the Incident Commander. All in all, I think Thad Allen 2.0 was much better. Despite the fact that he's a Coastie and that the Katrina recovery was a land based operation, he seemed to remember things better.
NB: Doug Ross @ Journal was the first blog to link to the Deepwater Incident Timeline and has always been one of the best and consistently good right-handed source of news and information. The blog is included in the Reading Room in the side bar, too. Make sure it's part of your daily diet.
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