Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Don't hold your breath

President Barack Obama meets with BP Oil Spill Commission co-chairs, former Sen. Bob Graham of Florida, second from left, and former EPA Administrator William Reilly, second from right, in the Oval Office, June 1, 2010. Also attending the meeting are John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, left, and Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change right. June 1, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
I seem to recall that on January 23rd 2009, President Obama signed an executive order stating that Guantanamo Detention Camp would be closed within the year. It's still open, so I wouldn't put a lot of hope in the "BP Oil Spill Commission " if I was you.

I'm also a touch bemused by what appears to be the complete disengagement of the UK government from the disaster. You'd think that there would be at least sympathetic noises (even if a trifle platitudinous) coming from Whitehall, as it was British Petroleum who pulled the plug and fumbled the finger in the dike.

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