Management of the Emergency in the Gulf Oil Spill

Whenever there is an emergency situation, the police power takes over, competently managing to order the situation without favor or discrimination. That is one of the principles guiding a democratic society like ours.

The Gulf oil spill was an emergency situation. Who can doubt that? I assume we had a legal jurisdiction overseeing Gulf waters. BUT, our police power did not operate. ONE private, for-profit company took over responsibility, and began operating with a profit-minded, bottom-line mindset.

A military/police-power organization should have immediately kicked in. We send our military forces all over the world to “police” in other territories. Yet, in our own back yard touching our border and the lives and livelihoods of millions we sat on our hind-ends and let George, er, Tony (Hayward) do it. So he is doing it BP-style. No photos. No protective clothing. “I know nothing” response made laughable by Schultz of Hogan’s Heroes fame, covering his oil-dirty hind-end. (But Schulz was a lovable character.) And so it goes.

Our President is the head of the military-policing power. He should have taken charge immediately and commanded the study and operations of the catastrophe. A chain of command set up. Decisions made. Experts consulted in a round table all-nighter, for weeks on end until the whole sorry affair was settled to the satisfaction of everyone.

Mr. President! You goofed! There are marvelous experts in this world. Consulting with them up front and in public would have redounded to your ethos for leadership.


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  12. Joe, how does one get through to the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!? He’s the big mucka-mucka in charge. He has his staff who shield him from the pesky voices of the people in such venues as this. He can push the buttons in full control, but he has a fatal flaw–I hesitate to name it. It was the tragedy of Hamlet: to be the leader or wait for bi-partisanship to kick in, like we are all in this together. WHICH IS AS IT SHOULD BE! But not with the dummard-apologists in the opposition. Pres. Obama is the head COP. Commander-in-Chief. How hefty can one man get!? Use it or lose it, Mr. Dithers! I would have been on top of it from the get-go! Down there! Bring in the command and control set-up. It’s war! Water and oil war! Battle the forces overthrowing the U.S. at its Southern border. Big oil is the enemy, both spewing out and drilling in depths over their competencies for foresight, planning ahead! EVERYONE IN THE U.S. OWNING A COMPUTER AND AN EMAIL PROGRAM SHOULD FLOOD THE MAIL BOX OF THE U.S. PRESDIDENT WITH THIS MESSAGE. IT’S NEVER TOO LATE.

  13. I am of the same mind as you on this. Why wouldn’t your president FIRST make sure all the forces necessary to fix this were mobilized, THEN check to see if BP has risen to the task, or dropped the ball.

    Since the president’s responsibility is to ensure the greater good, deferring to private enterprise to do so is grossly naive. And what if BP makes a mess? Do we go back and throw lawyers at them and let the glacial pace of the law deal with the matter while the Gulf is reduced to a mechanic’s sink?

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