- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 16, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I appreciate President Obama’s declaration of war on the BP oil-spill calamity on the Gulf Coast (“Obama says BP will pay for worst coastal crisis,” Page 1, Wednesday), but one critical issue for which the president offered no explanation was why it took an event of this magnitude to bring to light that government was lax - if not wholly incompetent - in enforcing regulations that conceivably could have prevented the disaster.

We were told throughout the Obama presidential campaign that this was the candidate of change, that government of, by and for the people would be put into place in an Obama White House. But our nation has failed to learn from the Exxon Valdez oil debacle, an event that is likely to be considered minuscule in comparison to the BP flow after all the damage is tallied.

The most the president can hope to accomplish is to lock the barn door after the animals have escaped and attempt to ensure that the door does not ever swing wide-open again. “We will fix this and will do better in the future” is surely cold comfort to the families of those who died hideous deaths in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, those who were injured, those who have had their livelihoods snatched from them and those who love the precious creatures that are drowning in oil.

OREN M. SPIEGLER

Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

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