Comments: Don't Claim Success So Soon: BP's "Top Kill" Effort Far From Over

The dnc propaganda arm HAS to claim success. Otherwise they won't be able to drop it off the front page.
Too long on the front page and even obumble's obots may start wondering why their Lord and Master hasn't done anything except play golf while the Gulf of Mehico fills up with crude.

Posted by emdfl at May 28, 2010 08:34 AM

Peggy left out another thing, The One has been totally disconnected from the economy. In fact, he seems to be doing everything in his power to assure that a recovery does not happen.

Posted by David at May 28, 2010 10:19 AM

CY ... We folks here on the front lines {Houston} have been anxiously following the news on the Gulf Oil spill, since it's right on our doorstep, ruining the fishing industry and the lives of the Louisiana fishermen, so to speak. The amount of ignorance and disinformation floating around about the Spill is staggering -- so staggering, as a matter of fact, that the mainstream media seems to be unable to gather facts and put a clear story together. And most of them are too lazy to figure out how to do it.

Speaking as a professional editor and writer, who made her living for more than forty years writing words for money, I can assure you that there is an incredible amount of information available to those who claim to be actual journalists, and who are actually willing to do a little research.

AS someone who has labored in these vineyards before, and who is married to the Public Affairs executive who was the official historian of the Prince William Sound disaster, I'm privy to a lot of accurate information about oil spills, how to prevent them and how to clean up after them.

If I were writing an in-depth article about the Spill, and I were not an oil industry expert, the first thing I would do would be to consult the American Petroleum Institute, the organization which is supported by all, or nearly all, of the oil and gas exploration and production corporations. They are extremely helpful and have masses of documented data which would be extremely helpful in delineating and fleshing out a picture of what is going on down here. Then I would go to an actual library, rather than depending on the Internet, which, while wonderful for quick reference, is kind of an instant hit-and-run resource, good enough to get basic information but not nearly as good as a real book or books to convey nuanced information. Thirdly, I'd talk to the public affairs folks at least one or two of the large oil companies which are based here in Texas, either in Houston or in Dallas, to get still further details.

Then I could sit down and craft an in-depth article which would convey real information which would tell the public just how much trouble we're in and how it will affect the Gulf, our fishing industries and the lives of Americans who live here and enjoy the beauties of this part of the country.

I know, I know. That's a lot of hard work. But it's worth it. This is a real crisis. It affects the lives and futures of a lot of hard-working Americans. It deserves our close attention, and concentrated efforts for a solution. Not just filling out the word count of an article and then forgetting it.

Marianne Matthews

Posted by Marianne Matthews at May 28, 2010 11:21 AM


You wrote, “I don't think they have any more answers, legal authority, or capability to respond to this disaster than President Bush…”.

He does.

The Feds enacted the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) in 1990 in response to the Valdez incedent. It empowers the Feds to take the lead in response to spills in our waters and off our shores. There is supposed to be a plan. The Feds are supposed to take the lead.

OPA holds that BP will be responsible, but BP has never claimed otherwise. Obama has left them on their own, when he should have been leading the defense of our country’s shores.

He has failed in one of his most fundamental tasks, the protection of our nation from threat.

Click my name for a link to the OPA site, or

Posted by Gus Bailey at May 28, 2010 12:02 PM

Reference Ms Noonan, it is not illusion of competency. Nothing in Barack Obama's record suggests any executive competency. Rather Noonan et al are guilty believing the delusion of Dim Won's competency. Because Noonan projected a sense of competency on to Obama, she expected him to have been competent

Posted by DavidL at May 28, 2010 05:50 PM

CY. When they do get it capped, where do you think the oil will escape? The natural seeps in the caprock? Yeah, the place where it already leaks naturally. Between 16 and 20 million gallons a year in the gulf.

Posted by Matt at June 1, 2010 08:42 AM