As what point can we start referring to the head of the Department of Homeland Security as an “Obama-caused disaster”?
A review of the response suggests it may be too simplistic to place all the blame for the unfolding environmental catastrophe on the oil company. The federal government also had opportunities to move more quickly, but did not do so while it waited for a resolution to the spreading spill from BP.
The Department of Homeland Security waited until Thursday to declare that the incident was â€œa spill of national significance,â€ and then set up a second command center in Mobile, Ala. The actions came only after the estimate of the size of the spill was increased fivefold to 5,000 barrels a day.
The delay meant that the Homeland Security Department waited until late this week to formally request a more robust response from the Department of Defense, with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano acknowledging even as late as Thursday afternoon that she did not know if the Defense Department even had equipment that might be helpful.
Heckuva job, Jannie!
Just something to keep in mind as people point the finger at BP and even predictably play the “blame Bush/Cheney” game with the “Halliburton connection”.
Some are calling this “Obama’s Katrina” — but so far I haven’t seen Geraldo down there holding oil-covered birds and pleading into the camera “Let the pelicans go!” — only then will it officially be Obama’s Katrina.
A list of the worst oil spills of all time is here. The perpetrator of the largest spill of all time was swinging at the end of a rope not long ago… but not specifically for that reason.