Obama Accepts International Assistance for Gulf Spill

June 30th, 2010 by Lee Eldridge

Since I’ve been commenting about Obama’s lack of leadership in the gulf, and possible ulterior motives for his lack of attention to the spill, I thought it only fair that I let everyone know that our President has now decided to accept some international aid (from 12 of the 30 countries and organizations who have offered). This is from the AP (found on Yahoo):

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is accepting help from 12 countries and international organizations in dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The State Department said in a statement Tuesday that the U.S. is working out the particulars of the help that’s been accepted.

The identities of all 12 countries and international organizations were not immediately announced. One country was cited in the State Department statement — Japan, which is providing two high-speed skimmers and fire containment boom.

More than 30 countries and international organizations have offered to help with the spill. The State Department hasn’t indicated why some offers have been accepted and others have not.

I guess I remain curious as to why this is a good idea now, but was a bad idea a month ago.


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