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By Robert S. Becker
Iraq and Afghanistan are not yet wholly "Obama's wars," but the White House's piece-meal, deferential retreat from out-of-control Gulf deluge has become his and his alone. The Big Spill dramatizes, furthermore, how a once savvy politician squanders his first, best opportunity to redeem a steadily faltering presidency.
If heroes emerge by resolving daunting dilemmas, especially man-made, this paragon of caution remains pedestrian and reactive, as he plays it safe by risking the safety of the Gulf. Yet when a risk-adverse president relegates the safety, and survival, of our most valuable coastal region to the reckless polluter who imperils it, he ironically turns high-stake gambler by default. Failure to act under challenge qualifies as enabling an addict, and BP certainly qualifies, repeatedly enjoining all the world in its reckless oil misadventures.
In fact, the Gulf faces a multiple of crises, beyond 3850 oil rigs, fragmentary Katrina restoration and massive overfishing, one competing with the Big Spill. There's an oxygen-depleted, agriculture-induced "dead zone" the size of New Jersey just west of the oil slick, in part resulting from upstream corn-ethanol obsessions. As to which is worse, spill or dead zone, "it's a really tough call," says Nathaniel Ostrom, Michigan State zoologist, "There's no real answer to that question." http://www.sfchron.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/06/MNF91E84SL.DT L
No Claim of Ignorance
On July 5, the Wall Street Journal
reported a federal circuit court a year ago shocked the Obama administration by calling "irrational" its environment oil spill restoration plans, judging this government "unprepared for a major spill at sea." Bingo. Echoing Bush-Cheney machinations, Obama's DOJ pressured the Court to reverse itself, thus permitting guess what? the BP-Deepwater Horizon time-bomb shellacking the Gulf like a tsunami. Double bingo.