…His lips are moving.
The Taliban are hopelessly outnumbered. So why are more American and NATO troops needed in Afghanistan?
The troops are needed in the Gulf (of MEXICO), to finish cleaning up the mess BP and TransOcean started this Spring. It will take as long as the Iraq War to get that region back to normal, if it even can be done.
[P]people like Chef Chris Sherrill feel abandoned.
“It’s amazing how quickly the American public forgot that this was one of the worst manmade disasters in U.S. history,” he said. His wedding catering and event business in Gulf Shores, Ala., is teetering because few brides are still coming to the beach for weddings.
I’m nervous about eating any shrimp, or seafood that might come from the Gulf of Mexico. I’m giving up shrimp for the next decade, unless I find a source I trust.
The slight isn’t necessarily intentional. Walking with his girlfriend in a park in Des Moines, Iowa, Michael Gauthier said he wonders about the oil’s lingering impact on the environment, and he fears for Gulf residents.
“It’s not in your face every day so you forget about it. Who doesn’t have bills to pay and work to go to? Who has time to think about what’s going on in Louisiana?” said Gauthier, 26.
What’s going on is the continued arrival of oil washing ashore, although in lesser amounts than during the summer. Dire predictions of environmental Armageddon have yet to materialize, but there’s also no consensus on how badly the ecosystem has suffered.
At first, no one could agree on how much oil was spilling into the Gulf; now there’s disagreement over how much remains. A commission this week faulted Barack Obama’s administration for multiple missteps, including an effort to block scientists from telling the public how bad the spill could be early on.
“If someone could say it will affect this, our shrimp are going to be poisoned for 10 years, people would think this is a bigger deal maybe,” said Scott Peterson, 37, also of Des Moines.