Question: Is President Obama’s Obysmal response to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico the result of his inexperience (i.e., incompetence), or is it due to something far more sinister: politics and his devotion to Unions?
I believe the answer to this question will prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that Obama is either the most inept President the United States has ever had… or the most vile and corrupt. Let’s look at some facts:
- The oil spill is the worst ecological disaster this country has ever experienced
- It’s getting worse every day regardless of what progress BP reports
- The Obama administration’s response has been far slower in coming than the Bush administration’s response to Katrina… and far less focused or coordinated
- A 1993 oil spill of 800 million gallons in the Persian Gulf (approximately 70 times the size of the Exxon Valdez, by comparison) was cleaned up using technology available through Saudi Aramco. That technology has been offered to those in charge of cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico spill by former Saudi Aramco engineer Nick Pozzi. But, accoding to Pozzi, no one at the White House is listening
- When asked what foreign countries had offered assistance to the US in lending technology and boats to assist with the cleanup, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley refused to answer, saying only
“As a policy matter, we’re not going to identify those offers of assistance until we are able to see, you know, what we need, assess the ongoing situation. And as we accept those offers of assistance, we will inform you.”
- According to the Associated Press, only after reporters pointed out that the Bush administration identified foreign offers of assistance after the Katrina disaster, the State Department begrudgingly identified the governments of Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations of all offering assistance in the cleanup. (UPDATE: It seems that the administration is now backtracking and reaching out to other nations for assistance. Too little, too late?)
- We do, however, know that the White House refused an almost-immediate offer of help from the Dutch government (skimming booms and help with dredging sand barriers) within three days of the initial explosion:
“According to Geert Visser, Consul General for the Netherlands in Houston “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.'”
What, then, could the real reason be that the federal government’s response has been so little and is taking so long? And why have the above offers for assistance from foreign lands been rejected thus far? Herein lies the arrogance or the incompetence of the Obama administration and the President himself.
Meet “The Jones Act“
Wikipedia describes The Jones Act (aka section 27 of The Merchant Marine Act of 1920), as requiring:
…that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried in U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. The purpose of the law is to support the U.S. merchant marine industry, but agricultural interests generally oppose it because, they contend, it raises the cost of shipping their goods, making them less competitive with foreign sources.
After Hurricane Katrina, President Bush didn’t wait to be asked; he knew that reaction time was crucial in the aftermath of the hurricane. He immediately waived the Jones Act in order to get assistance from any country that had the ability to offer it. And for that humanitarian gesture, he was roundly criticized by the unions and their mouthpieces – including one Barack Hussein Obama who later openly criticized him on the White House web site.
The obvious question, then, is of course, “Why hasn’t President Obama waived the Jones act in order to accept assistance from the 13 countries (plus the United Nations) who have all offered to help?”
Obama continues to claim this oil spill is his top priority. Then why hasn’t he accepted the offer of assistance from Belgium firm DEME who has the equipment that, according to spokesman Hubert Fiers, can contain and resolve the spill far faster than the technology in the U.S.? Says Fiers:
“The U.S. authorities (are) estimating that they need nine months to get the job done. We can do that in four months. And if we work together, there may be perhaps one month off.”
Yet none of the assistance can legally be done unless Obama does what President George W. Bush did after Katrina: Waive The Jones Act.
So we’re down to a very simple question: Why is Obama refusing or failing to do so? Their are only two possible answers as I see it:
- President Obama is telling the truth that resolving the oil spill is his toppriority… but he’s the most inept President this country has ever had and is unable to see the beginnings of solutions staring him in the face, OR
- He is a puppet to Union officials who have warned him NOT to allow foreign countries take away work from union workers, regardless of the resulting impact.
I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusion. I think you know what mine is. The overriding issue, however, is “Can The Gulf Coast Survive Either Answer?” Indeed, can the country survive either President?
Doug Powers wrote an excellent piece as guest blogger for Michelle Malkin yesterday, likening Obama’s commitment to the Gulf Spill to Leslie Neilson’s character (Lt. Frank Drebin) in “The Naked Gun.” It’s a must read.