Monday, June 14, 2010

'The Daily Drivel': "Obama puts pressure on BP"

George Orwell pointed out in his essay on "politics and the English language"  that "the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." What chance then do the "Joe Soaps" and "Otto Normalverbrauchers" have when a Blair or an Obama come along? The sweet talking mass murderer Tony has moved on to pastures new while the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" this morning informs me that "Obama setzt BP unter Druck"("Obama is puts the pressure on BP"); see above. The farce continues and the drivel is spouting forth even while Tim Dickinson, the political correspondent for the 'Rolling Stone', reveals how Obama let the "world's most dangerous oil company" get away with murder.

Of course, the tag, "the world's most dangerous oil company" might not be wholly accurate and while Greg Palast points out that British Petroleum were behind the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989, they are certainly not the only "slick operator" in the business and the news from Nigeria is that they are all at it. Still, we are dealing, mostly, with white men up in the Gulf of Mexico and if they aren't white, then they at least have American citizenship. However, the point is and has to be that Ken Salazar, the administration's Secretary of the Interior and the man appointed by Obama to clean up the corruption and mismanagement at the Minerals Management Service hasn't really done very much. Furthermore, the Obama administration knew from the very beginning that there were certain failings at the MMS that needed to be addressed immediately. It was those failings that led to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, there is more than enough evidence to suggest that  the administration in Washington has at least done a miserable job, while it could even be complicent in the crime.

Still, there we have him, the sweet talking guy, the nice guy getting angry and there we have BP still drilling away at its Atlantis rig "only 150 miles off the coast of Louisiana, in waters nearly 2,000 feet deeper than BP drilled at Deepwater Horizon." Another disaster in the making? Well, maybe and while we are waiting we might want to turn our attention to the Niger Delta and the ongoing disaster there. At least then we might be fully aware of who we are dealing with and, believe me, this administration does know. After all, they work for them.

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