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President Obama's Failed BP Oil Spill Response Caused By His Political Agenda

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Guess what Senator Barbara Boxer (D, California) identified as the greatest threat to our military? If you guessed the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, you'd be wrong. What about the Taliban in Pakistan? No. Al Qaeda? Nope. How about a nuclear-armed Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or maybe North Korea? No, no and no again. Home-grown terrorism? Unh-unh. No, according to Senator Box, the greatest threat to our military is - carbon dioxide. Honestly, you have to watch the Youtube video to believe it, but that's what she says. With conviction.

This just goes to show how far out of touch some of our Democrat Congressional leaders have become. Through precarious mental gymnastics, Senator Boxer has reached the conclusion that global warming will in some way create such global political instability that it will become the single largest threat to our military personnel. Carbon pollution, obviously the culprit behind global warming, will place our military personnel in harm's way more than any rogue state, international conflict or internal terrorist threat. And to drive home the point, Senator Boxer tells us how returning veterans are simply begging her to help advance - you guessed it - climate change legislation.

So we see where this is going. Climate change legislation is essential to national security and anyone not willing to step up and support it simply doesn't care about the lives of our military personnel. Amazing logic.

But President Obama appears to highly value Senator Boxer's opinion. Not once, not twice but on three separate occasions he has taken the time to attend fund-raisers for Senator Boxer's re-election - all while oil has been spewing into the Gulf. Nice to see where his priorities are. In fact, Senator Boxer's fund raisers are so important to the President that he unfortunately had to miss a memorial service for those killed in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion to attend her third passing of the hat.  This was shortly after the President declared that the emotional impact of the Gulf Oil Spill on the American people ranked with that of 911.  But Senator Boxer's fundraiser was more important than the families of those first victims of the spill who paid the ultimate price. Oil rig workers and wildlife may be expendable, but Senator Boxer obviously is not - she's one of a kind. And Mr. Obama needs her to be re-elected to further his climate change agenda.

In fact, the President spent far more time talking about that agenda than about fixing the mess caused by the BP oil spill in his Oval Office address on the evening of June 15. This was the address aimed at reassuring the American people that the President was in control of the situation. But the dead-pan speech was short on specifics about remedies other than holding BP responsible and a sideways implication that the Bush administration was somehow responsible for the spill.  President Obama only seemed energized after shifting the topic to his proposed cap-and-trade legislation and an equally vague but grand vision of energy independence for America. That's what the speech was really about, not the Gulf oil spill, and that's what the President is best at - dreaming big. Addressing an actual crisis - not so good.

Yet the President's assertions that "we cannot afford not to act" suggests that Senator Boxer's position might not be quite as hallucinatory as it initially seems. Rather, between President Obama and Senator Boxer, we see a carefully orchestrated message that the President's climate change aganda is essential to national security, to energy independence and to preventing more disasters like the Gulf oil spill. And why not exploit the spill to drive home that message? As Rahm Emanuel once said,"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."  Unfortunately, the President's vision of an energy-independent future is as short on specifics as his remedy for the spill.

All that remains to be seen is whether President Obama can transform his utterly failed response to the nation's greatest environmental disaster into a political opportunity to socialize the energy industry. And given his success to date in ramming through unwanted legislation, he might just be able to pull that off.