- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 6, 2010

As I watch the Gulf oil-spill fiasco continue to unfold, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen seems to be getting a pass from the media (“Tropical weather is new reason to worry in Gulf,” Web, News, June 26).

But I think it is time someone took a closer look at the retiring Adm. Allen. He has stated many times over the past month-and-a-half that he would ask for a Jones’ Act waiver if the issue came up, but the issue has not yet come up.

The Obama administration refused early on all foreign help with the oil-spill disaster, often in writing. So these foreign countries have not reapplied to the U.S. government with new offers of help. This is dissembling at the least, and lying at the worst, about what could be done to affect the cleanup.

Adm. Allen is not some clueless bystander who must wait for something to show up before he can decide what to do about it. His failure to be proactive and seek out the best the world has to offer makes him just as incompetent as the rest of the Obama team. It also makes him just as complicit if there really was an attempt to avoid offending “friends” of the administration, such as unions.

JAMES FRENCH

Cocoa Beach, Fla.