Well, Mr. President, you can stop looking
I called it. On May 6th I predicted the Obama administration would use the Gulf disaster to shut down domestic off-shore drilling. As sure as the sun rose this morning Obama shut down all off-shore drilling. Making America even more dependent on foreign oil, specifically, Middle Eastern oil. (Funny how nearly everything this administration does somehow works in the favor of our enemies, while doing harm either to us or our traditional allies.)
The President is looking to kick some ass
Yesterday I listened as the news replayed a sound bite from the President. Seated comfortably before NBC’s Matt Lauer, President Obama tried to screw up his best indignant tone as he remarked, “I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers so I know whose ass to kick.” Now I’m not going to harp on how presidential or not his language was. It’s not germane to my point. Rather I’d like to make my own observation.
Mr. Obama has not spoken to BP CEO, Tony Hayward. In fact he threatened to fire him. (Can the President fire a British CEO? Well, just wait until Congress begins discussions on nationalizing the oil companies. I could see them grabbing BP’s U.S. operations, but that’s another blog subject.) But he’s apparently talking to other experts. Talking. He’s talking not doing. Now he tells us he’s looking for “whose ass to kick.” In other words he’s not so much concerned about fixing the problem as he is finding someone to blame. Blame is what Democrats do best.
I’m sorry but just like the Republicans before them, Democrats have artfully mastered the blame-game but have fallen flat on their faces when faced with actually governing. I’ll give Obama this, he has diligently pursued his ideological goals with blind abandon. However, the crisis in the Gulf is just that, a crisis. But here’s the question, does Obama really want to clean up the Gulf or contain the oil. Perhaps not, as this would not advance his environmental agenda.
Paused, not stopped
The administration tells us that they are only pausing offshore oil drilling, but it has been common for this President to say the right thing only to do the opposite. Can we believe offshore drilling is only paused, not stopped? Perhaps but I doubt it. Ultimately, I believe the goal is to stop the production and use of all fossil fuels by any means necessary. Does that mean if a few thousand animals die in the process, seafood prices skyrocket, and 46,000 oil workers are put into unemployment, the ends justify the means? Well, if he can do so and effectively pin the blame on someone else, preferably an oil company or a republican, then yes.
We know who is to blame for the spill, BP. President Obama did not spill the oil. At least there isn’t any hard evidence he has anything to do with it and I’m fairly certain his alibi is airtight. But who exactly is to blame for this mess? Now this is an entirely different question. Let’s look at the facts.
- The government does nothing for nine days following the initial rig explosion.
- The EPA tried to stop BP from using an oil dispersant they had previously approved in favor of less effective dispersants.
- The Army Corp of Engineers refuses to allow Louisiana to build temporary sandbars to protect environmentally sensitive wetlands from incoming oil, arguing that the “unknown” risks outweighed the known benefits.
How about kicking the leak’s ass?
Could the government have stopped this leak sooner or even now? Yes. I recently read a Russian newspaper’s claim that driving a bomb deep into the well and detonating it would cause the bedrock to collapse in on the well thus sealing it. Sounds like genius to me. According to the report and oil-price.net, the Russian have actually “nuked” problem wells on five different occasions. Now that sounds a bit scary and even radical to me but this spill is rising to the level where the government needs to do something extreme or they bear the full responsibility for the consequences. Whether BP did something wrong or not.
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Now when G.W. Bush was President any screw up in any government agency was automatically his fault. I understand this concept and as someone in the business world I agree. The CEO is ultimately responsible for the actions of everyone in the company. This is especially true if the CEO stood by during a disaster, silently paralyzed and incapable of providing any solutions.
I think I can confidently tell our dear President he can stop looking for an ass to kick. To find that ass, he need only direct his attention to the nearest mirror and twist slightly to one side. He spent the first 9 days of this disaster silently absent. He did nothing to correct an out of control EPA that was attempting to impede the oil clean-up. He did nothing to override an incompetent Army Corp of Engineers that was more afraid of the unknown than they were concerned about the known risks oil contamination poses to Louisiana wetlands. Now the President wants to appear in command, looking for asses to kick and threatening to fire the BP CEO. Unfortunately, I don’t see a powerful commander serious about kicking asses, I see a weak man looking to protect his own.