Letters to the Editor

Gulf deployment

June 18, 2010


To the editor:

A massive volume of crude is escaping from the destroyed Deepwater Horizon offshore oil well. Satellite photos show a huge and expanding oil slick subject to random drift. A second oil mass expands underwater and is thought capable of inflicting such habitat damage that the Gulf of Mexico’s entire fishery will be ruined.

British Petroleum officials say a number of months are needed to drill relief wells that will stop the leak. Meantime more millions of gallons of crude will spew from the ocean floor, much of it rising to the surface.

Any hurricane entering the Gulf will pack enough wind and wave power to push this oil slick ashore even if the storm never makes landfall. Contamination will reach farther if the slick is carried inland by a storm surge. If enough hurricanes come, whole coastal zones could be rendered uninhabitable for years.

Gulf Coast states that long provided foodstuffs, products and services have already seen many of their contributions terminated. It is no exaggeration to say that the Deepwater Horizon disaster has created a United States national emergency.

A migration of distressed Gulf Coast residents appears likely. Any mass movement of refugees inland is inherently destabilizing. This offers fresh cause to hasten our military exit from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many war supporters will find this idea unacceptable. Nevertheless, re-deploying those forces stateside lets their unit discipline and resources help us here during the calamity to come.


Oreobama 8 years ago

And Obama remains clueless two months into this.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

But look at the bright side-- if the Gulf becomes a complete dead zone, the oil companies can drill all they want without worrying about further spills (and all we have to do is figure out how to eat the oil.)

Jim Phillips 8 years ago

Based on the federal response, I really can't see where there is much of an issue here. Golf takes precedence over the Gulf and it's obviously more important to hold the barges sent in to start reclaiming some of the oil until we are certain they have life jackets and fire extinguishers than it is for them to start working.

"You never want a good crisis go to waste." Rahm Emanuel February 09, 2009

independant1 8 years ago

stuff happens, doubt anyone is "for war", well almost nobody is "for war" the pummeling of BP is deserved but there are few results when politicians do their piling on act. What good comes of it other than sound bites and grandstanding.

So, cut from Afghanistan, they don't want what we want for them anyway do they? Bring the soldiers home to do what? Clean the shore? They're soldiers - trained to devastate our enemy, project force or support other troops that do the shooting and blowing up of things and the enemy. There are plenty of able bodied civilians out of work still in country to do that sort grunt work or run machines to do the work.

Problem? who is to coordinate/manage the aftermath of the spewing gusher? Leave it to the owner/BP or to gov't or BP with gov't oversight but get a plan together and communicate it to those who have vested interest (us). Don't see that happening. Oh well we'll muddle through that's for sure.

But don't cut and run, we need to project confidence. The same confidence the President was trying to project in his latest speech. The USA needs to be a consistent and fair player. When our domestic/int'l policy waffles with the swinging pendulem of politics and elections we are not consistent.

our energy policy

If you think about it hard enough expecting it to happen and if it doesn't happen, you just have to think about it harder and longer, it will happen.

it = carbon free energy/economy

Is that the plan?

Alternate sources of energy,wind/solar/cornahol are not "the" answer. Hydro, nuclear, continued fossil fuel exploitation, a mix of all on the table will serve our energy needs. The economics of free market, I am confident, with just enough gov't regulation will bring us through.

The Repubs or Dems are not going to pull us through. It is not the government that makes us a successful country, the envy of most of the world, it's us. The collective we will pull us through.

Remember, write to your Congressman. Even if he can’t read, write to him. (Will Rogers) A flock of Democrats will replace a mess of Republicans. It won’t mean a thing. They will go in like all the rest of ’em. Go in on promises and come out on alibis. (Will Rogers) Will was 9/32 cherokee 23/32 caucasion, an american mongrel, so is the President.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

"doubt anyone is "for war", well almost nobody is "for war""

BushCo was enthusiastically pro-war-- not only as a way of seizing control of oil and other natural resources, but as a way of increasing their political power domestically under the belief that to maximize political clout, a president needs to be a "war" president, as W proudly proclaimed himself. (Not to mention that BushCo is heavily invested in weapons manufacturing.)

jaywalker 8 years ago

Please cite the oil and other natural resources that were seized, bozo.

(Skip ahead)....Hooooooonk!! Thanks for playing.

independant1 8 years ago

like I said, stuff happens.

I agree with Will Rogers and Bull Halsey, 'we're all petty much normal people'

Halsey also said, that find themselves in unusual circumstances.

I don't buy your hatred of Bush or his politics. He is about as normal as you and found himself in unusual circumstances. Just born to a higher station in life than you, luck of the draw. Carter found himself in unusual circumstances. Had losers like Iran hostage decisions but had winner like Camp David Accord. There are those that hate him too.

Me? I don't hate people, it ain't healthy and does no good.

After a football game in Lima, Peru, five were killed. Up here we don’t kill our football players. We make coaches out of the smart ones and send the others to the Legislature. (Will Rogers)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

What's with the "hate" comment? BushCo are criminals, pure and simple. They've murdered, or have had murdered, thousands, likely hundreds of thousands, of people, and were heavily complicit in the greatest economic collapse since the end of WWII.

Why does my pointing that out mean that I "hate" them? Or do you just need to apply a label on me so that you can criticize that label rather than deal with the facts and issues you find uncomfortable to even acknowledge, much less discuss?

BTW, we can agree that Carter wasn't a great president, but there is no comparison between Bush and Carter, on any level.

Sadly, we likely haven't had a great president since Roosevelt, but even he was greatly flawed, as nearly all of our presidents have been. We've had some that did more good than damage, Truman, Eisenhower and Clinton come to mind. Kennedy and Carter might have done much better if they could have served two full terms. Aside from his foreign policy, Nixon did a lot of good things. Too bad he was such a friggin nutjob. I think Ford was a decent guy, but sold his soul many years before he became president. Bush I was entirely corrupt, but occasionally did some good things. Reagan was just a windup toy for the millionaires clubs. He performed well for them. Bush II will likely go down in history as the worst president of the last 100 years, or maybe ever.

uncleandyt 8 years ago

The National Guard and Army Reserve people were sent away. Lots of equipment and money was sent away. Giant and obvious troubles somehow sneak up on us. We the Fooled are very busy.

Flap Doodle 8 years ago

I hope nobody is holding a cork in their fundament waiting for the mass migration of people leaving the Gulf.

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