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  •  Agreed, to a point (3+ / 0-)

    The most ridiculous things in all of this -- our lack of good oversight, our stupid lack of requirements of more failsafes, our lack of equipment and experts to help deal with these sorts of disasters when they arise -- that's not Obama's fault, any of it. That's what comes of decades of ideology about privatization and reduced government control.

    What I'm pissed at the administration for, really, is mostly the information flow. For two reasons, really:

    For one, focusing the country on a crisis is a major part of building relief efforts. And that focus is only built if every government official with any relationship to this whatsoever is out there pointing out that this is serious, that it requires attention, that we should have our eyes on the gulf.

    For two, the dirth of trustworthy information on this stuff means that nobody else knows how to assess anything at all, and allows BP to do all kinds of stuff without oversight, again. Like pump dispersants into the deep water that will almost certainly make the problem farther reaching and more impossible to clean up. People need to know what's going on, more or less, in order to feel like the risks are understood, and in order to know how to be helpful or what things are not helpful, what to realistically expect.

    That's why it's important to see Obama in an oil-covered marsh, and it's why it's important to tell the stories of displaced fishermen, and it's why it's important to have every marine ecologist in the region be up on the relevant information, and it's why having Thad Allen on the teevee telling us everything is great when we're no closer to stopping this thing is absolutely stupid.

    •  IMHO, there should be two incident commanders. (3+ / 0-)
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      One for orchestrating and communicating about the ongoing operation of 'plugging the damn leak', and another for the containment and clean-up operations. And they should perhaps each have press secretaries to do the communicating for them, i.e., daily press updates/conferences at regularly scheduled times. Just a thought.

      There is no more important struggle for American democracy than ensuring a diverse, independent and free media. - Bill Moyers

      by StepLeftStepForward on Fri May 28, 2010 at 01:21:07 PM PDT

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