Endless Gulf Oil Spill: Purposeful 'End of Days' Power Play?
NOTE: The following commentary would not post this morning (5/24/10) to The Washington Post's "The Fix" political blog, but repeatedly elicited a full-screen "held for blog owner" message.
The writer has confirmed that The Washington Post's web blogs do not "hold" reader comments unless software detects foul language.
It appears that a covert government surveillance program is imposing ideological censorship, in real time, on the telecommunications of "targeted" American citizens -- many apparently targeted for their politics, their associations, or even their personal backgrounds. The fact that this apparent censorship is arbitrary and capriciously applied is prima facia proof of its unconstitutionality.
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The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has become Obama's Katrina -- but what if that was an intended outcome all along, engineered by extremist adherents to the politics of chaos and cataclysm?
Another wild conspiracy theory? Or a question that liberals and centrists refuse to entertain, out of a naive and misplaced notion that "it can't happen here?"
Last year, the website Wikileaks.org published what was purported to be a U.S. Army manual on "Unconventional Warfare." (The document appears to be no longer available on the web.) The manual outlined a series of strategies aimed at conquest through chaos: sabotage of an enemy's economy and financial markets; asymmetrical attacks on the infrastructure; manipulation of the mass media by way of propaganda and psychological operations ("psy ops"); the fomenting of crises to divert the enemy's attention and to drain his resources.
This is not to suggest that the U.S. Army is responsible for what's happening in the Gulf; but the document could provide a road map for those who believe that chaos offers an expedient and untraceable route to military or political victory over a perceived enemy.
It would seem counterproductive for Big Oil and its satellite interest groups to create or prolong the crisis on the Gulf; after all, BP, as the responsible party, has pledged to bear the cost of the clean-up and to reimburse those who suffer financial losses as a result. But then, there's that $75 million cap on damages that was approved by Congress -- opening the possibility that BP's pledge to make full restitution could prove in the end to be just lip service.
And there's also the fact that the oil spill has not stropped drilling in the Gulf; those two "relief wells" now being drilled also provide a new potential source of profit for the oil giant.
One thing that cannot be disputed is the growing political damage to President Obama and his administration. As the crisis enters its second month, it's clear that the environmental and economic impact will far exceed the damage done by Hurricane Katrina. The same is likely to be true when it comes to the political costs. And because the spill resulted from what has been characterized as an accident, the administration cannot blame its political enemies.
But was it an accident? A key employee working on the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon rig told CBS News' "60 Minutes" of his discovery that a key safety component, a rubber sealing ring, was damaged -- but that his concerns were dismissed by his superiors. His account appears to leave open the unthinkable possibility of sabotage.
Perhaps investigators, and the Obama administration, should start thinking the unthinkable as they search for the reasons why this catastrophic BP oil spill is taking so long to contain.
As they say, all's fair in love and war -- conventional, and unconventional.
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