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4 June 2010


Disclaimer and all, this looks like a disaster not just for the United States, but for Mexico and Cuba — and the smaller nations of the Caribbean — as well. Not to mention the rest of the planet.

One of many reasons I’ve objected to the militarization of the anti-narcotics trafficking “crusade” is that it has over-extended the Mexican military, which takes its missions of environmental protection and disaster relief seriously (and generally does a good job).  We’re going to need the Navy, and — as to the economic disaster — B.P. has significant investment in Mexico, although Mexican diplomatic protocol now is to go after the deep pockets, and hire attorneys in the United States to pursue damages in U.S. courts whenever possible.  Which I imagine is already being discussed.

As to comparing the U.S. response with what would have theoretically happened with a PEMEX disaster, at least with a State oil company, there’s no dithering about using federal resources when a state company screws up.

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