Sunday, May 30, 2010
Dereliction Of Duty
Obama's dereliction on the Gulf oil mess:
What has been desperately needed from the beginning of this tragedy is leadership. What we've gotten instead from the White House has been blame shifting, bureaucratic gamesmanship, and political opportunism.
All three elements reached an apotheosis Wednesday when New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote that a senior Obama official had lamented that the administration, in Dowd's words, "should have acted more urgently to re-examine the dark legacy of Cheney in the Energy and Interior Departments." That's just great -- hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw crude oil have been erupting into the Gulf for more than a month and the president's men are trying to steer the blame to Dick Cheney? That Obama's most trusted advisers are indulging in such partisan lunacy in the second month of this crisis is a staggering commentary on how inadequate these people are to the demands of the moment.