North Korea sends a submarine into South Korean waters to sink a ship (of an ally). This administration’s reaction? Nothing. Iran continues apace increasing its capacity to enrich uranium (and therefore plutonium) to existentially threaten our allies in the region. This administration’s reaction? Nothing. Hamas commits war crimes daily by sending unguided rockets into Israeli villages (directly attacking an ally). This administration’s reaction? Nothing. What’s holding the administration’s undivided attention (such as it is)? “Keeping a boot on BP’s throat” (the company of an ally).
This would be worthy of Gilbert & Sullivan were it not so profoundly dangerous.
Everything this administration does seems to hurt the American people (e.g., putting thousands out of work during a jobless recovery) or our allies (e.g., leaving Poland and the Czech Republic twisting in the Russian wind after reneging on the proposed missile defense system). And now we have the daily double of the Gulf Spill.
BP made some very bad decisions aboard the Deepwater Horizon and we are all paying the price. OK, we get that. The President is mad at BP. OK, we get that. He can’t stop the leak. OK, we get that. The only thing he can do, however, is clear the decks to bring a whole-of-government approach to the cleanup. He doesn’t get that.
Louisiana doesn’t need fast-track environmental studies on sand berms – it needs berms. Just sign the damn permits and let Louisiana protect their wetlands. Florida doesn’t need BP’s permission to buy booms – it needs booms. Just waive the permitting process and let Florida protect its as yet unspoiled beaches. The ships of many nations are standing by wanting to help, but the Jones Act prohibits it (flagging and staffing problems). EPA says it’s waiting to hear from the Coast Guard to request lifting the Jones Act, and Admiral Allen says he’s waiting to hear from Washington. Just lift the damn Jones Act and let in all those willing to help.
President Obama’s management style is what he learned while community organizing – vilify and (if possible) destroy your adversary. All of which is extraordinarily satisfying but has nothing to do with righting whatever wrong that adversary has committed. That’s what’s happening here. Instead of working with the people who have the expertise and familiarity with the equipment involved, President Obama daily finds new ways to demonize the only people who can fix the problem, driving their market value down even as their cost commitment rises. He has intentionally set a course that can only bankrupt BP, leaving us – again – with the bill.
We were warned of Mr Obama’s inexperience during the campaign, and the Kook Aid drinkers snickered. Well, we are now looking upon the face of utter incompetence, and on the shoulders of America, it looks pathetic.