Jun 27 2010
I was reading an article about President Obama’s historic level of incompetence and I ran across this line:
He [Obama] is the quintessential wrong guy at the wrong time ..
And I am sitting here thinking – that just about sums it all up. The author goes through a series of examples from the gulf oils spill to the economy, but the one example from Obama’s first days on the job just stuck out:
If the Gulf doesn’t prove it for you, then consider the president’s first official act as president — the signing of an executive order to close the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay.
With the stroke of a pen, he looked the part of a leader, fulfilling a campaign promise. But now, some 17 months later, Gitmo remains open. Why? Because leadership is more than looking the part.
Absolutely. This president does nothing but ‘look the part’. I am stunned at the gross incompetence of President Obama in the face of the gulf oil spill. I just cannot fathom how anyone could still be in a position of authority with this mess growing into massive disaster day after day. Any other person would be fired and probably facing criminal negligence charges. Instead the man is hunting for golf courses.
For some bureaucratic reason we could not burn the oil off as we corralled it with boom when the spill first happened. This response would have generated a fraction of the pollutants into our vast atmosphere than your average volcano Â does (let alone a Mt St Helens class eruption). The 2010 Iceland volcano eruption (pictured below) dwarfs anything a single burning oil well can produce. Yet burning the oil was deemed a ecological no-no.
A simple question can establish context and magnitude here for the brain dead bureaucrats and green idiots. Which contains more volume (and therefore is able to absorb more pollutants) – the oceans or the atmosphere? Â This is sort of a duh-question, the atmosphere is much larger in volume. And when you compare the Earth’s atmosphere to the Gulf of Mexico in terms of capacity to disperse and absorb pollutants it is not even close. We should have burned this oil off at the site. But no, it was better to let the oil spread and kill life on a horrific and massive scale. In the dictionary, the word ‘incompetence’ should always reference the gulf oil spill response.
We should have called in the International skimmers and used the chemicals that break down and disperse the oil. We should have done this day one because it is the responsibility of the US Government to respond – not BP’s job. BP gets the bill at the end of the mess. But that is not how Obama treated his top contributor and ally in taxing energy. No. President Obama left BP in charge while he vacationed and played golf.
The Â evidence abounds now over 2 months in, showing how the Obama administration – legally responsible for attacking this disaster and its fallout – has abdicated that responsibility to top campaign donor BP. From Missouri we find the state’s beaches are going to be destroyed, due to flailing around and missed opportunities to save them:
A morning flight over the Mississippi Sound showed long, wide ribbons of orange-colored oil for as far as the eye could see and acres of both heavy and light sheen moving into the Sound between the barrier islands. What was missing was any sign of skimming operations from Horn Island to Pass Christian.
U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor got off the flight angry.
“Itâ€™s criminal whatâ€™s going on out there,” Taylor said minutes later. “This doesnâ€™t have to happen.â€
â€œThereâ€™s oil in the Sound and there was no skimming,â€ Carron said. â€œNo coordinated effort.â€
Taylor said it was a good thing he didnâ€™t have a mic in the helicopter, because he might have said some things he didnâ€™t want his children to hear.
â€œTheyâ€™re paying all these boats to run around like headless chickens,â€ Taylor said, as reporters gathered to hear his assessment of the Sound.
Why is there no coordinated effort? Well it could be that BP is calling all the shots now and they are more concerned with money and planning their PR campaign than getting things done. Check out this video of a LA resident given insider access to the human disaster playing out behind the natural disaster:
This oil spill should have been contained to a much greater degree than this by now. Ventilator training taking precedence over oil recovery? Why aren’t those massive Danish skimmers already here? Why aren’t the Saudi’s here providing assistance (they deal with these spills all the time)?Why is BP in charge – with its financial interest paramount – instead of the Feds directing activities and sending BP the bill?
President Obama is so far in over his head it is a disaster in and of itself. The man can’t even close a prison on the Island of Cuba! What makes anyone think he could deal with the gulf disaster? Maybe that’s why he keeps running away and to play golf while the real Gulf dies a slow painful death? Even he is running away from his searing incompetence.
Pull BP out of the lead role. Designate one person to coordinate and direct resources across the federal, state, private, international and BP resources. And just send BP the bill. This is not that complex – we need a leader.
I vote for George W Bush. He understands how to mobilize and coordinate. He knows what to do, he is tested. No more part timers. Get a leader in there now.
Update: NASA has produced a series of images from space which show how a quick response of booms, burning and skimmers could have contained the damage. Watch in horror as the first month, the most important month, slips by us and the oil slick grows in response to the Obama administration’s incompetence:
Check out this May 17th image and the extent at which the problem grew since April 20th.
NASA has been keeping a keen eye on the growing disaster with its fleet of Earth Observing Satellites and instruments. BP and the Obama administration cannot hide from these space borne witnesses. What was a small and containable emergency quickly turned into a massive ecological disaster. Delay killed the Gulf.