The White House seemed to be busy with the immigration, education, financial reform and mostly political campaigning these days. The messages concerning the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico seemed to instill confidence that things are under control. We were led to believe that the oil spill was mostly a problem of the British Petroleum.
Really? If a spot can be seen from the space it is likely the spot is important enough for the National Security to be paying significant attention. The erratic info coming from the White House made people confused – as the time progressed we learned the oil spot is five times bigger than expected. They told us the disaster is coming faster just when it is about to impact the Louisiana cost. The Governor of the State finally issued an emergency and the BP finally asked for help from the Department of Defense. What took Bobby Jindal so long to call the National Guard? Common! Every person in the world saw the satellite images.
Remind you of something: disaster hitting Louisiana, military called too late – observing while the losers in charge cannot give a decent estimate of the problem for days, The White House waffling on the issue being afraid of midterm elections? Such erratic behavior brings a Katrina déjà vu.
It is past the time when the people involved have to start talking straight and coordinate faster. How many disasters have to hit Louisiana so the USA government can respond correctly? If there is something visible from the Moon heading to Louisiana you call the Department of Defense not on day three, but on day one? We can always bill the BP later, but letting them to wander around the Gulf in disarray for days is just not acceptable.
Our useless Department of Energy has 5.5 billion dollars budget for military environmental cleanup and 225 millions for non-military environmental cleanup. If we don’t use it for emergency cleaning of the oil spill that is about to destroy Louisiana cost and economy – what are we using those money for? How about clean up the spill and present the tab to the BP after that?
After Katrina we had to answer the question about the Local and the Federal Government response. Apparently nobody took notes.
Tomorrow when the pictures of the Louisiana beaches and the animals occupying them covered in sticky, ugly, stinky and suffocating oil start flooding the World Wide Net – where will President Obama be?
- In the rose garden?
- Interviewing Supreme Court candidates?
- Giving campaign speech somewhere?
- On a plane or copter circling over the zone of the environmental disaster?
It really doesn’t matter as long as President Obama and his team have a plan. Let’s pray he does!
It is also time to give us a peek of what really happened on that rig. What did the hundreds that escaped the blow shared with the officials? Why are we sending “SWAT teams” to inspect the other rigs? The wording makes the messages from the White House even spookier and the conspiracy theories are already floating faster than the oil spot moving towards Louisiana.