- Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Burning should have started a week ago, former NOAA official says.
- Oil spill is a growing political challenge to the Obama White House.
- "They lied to us. ... As soon as it blew up, they should have started wrapping it with booms."
- No single entity has authority in confronting the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
reported here yesterday, the impacts of this this catastrophe could have been lessened considerably, had federal officials moved more swiftly.
Who is in charge?
The Obama Regime's pathetic response to the Gulf oil spill has one of three causes--gross incompetence, apathetic negligence or political malice. Given the regime's "baby duckling" approach to every bad news item it has encountered so far, incompetence is hard to rule out. The people in charge are, literally, acting as if this is the very first time an oil spill has threatened the US shoreline. Instead, as the interview with Ron Gouget showed, this is something they have planned for over the last several decades. They knew what to do. They just didn't do it.
It's hard to rule out apathy and negligence as well. You see, this Regime can't be bothered with the effects of a regional disaster like this. No, Obama has much larger objectives on his screen, like taking over the healthcare and financial sectors of the US economy and accusing Arizona's duly elected state government of racial profiling and fascism. It's just a few hundred thousand gallons of oil down there in the Gulf, right? It's just gonna make things a little messy for a few birds and fish, right? We can't be worried about that. We have much more important things to do.
What about politics? What if this regime isn't as stupid or uncaring as it appears to be. Maybe the regime knew what the disaster response plans were, and maybe they knew that, by taking the right courses of action very early in, they would "let a crisis go to waste."
If the regime's agenda is to place a ruinous cap-and-trade stone around the neck of the US economy, this is a useful crisis. If the regime never really intended to open more of the US offshore areas to new exploration, this is a useful crisis. If the regime has repeatedly gone after big-specter boogeymen like Big Insurance, Big Pharma, Big Bank and Big Oil, then this is a very, very useful crisis.
Extra Point: Our heartfelt condolences must go out to the families of the 11 men who lost their lives in the explosion. Offshore petroleum work is tough, dirty and dangerous work. I have a brother in the oilfield services industry, and I can truthfully say that they are among the hardest working and bravest men we have.