Is Jindal Holding Up Troops in Oil Cleanup for Political Gain?

For some completely strange reason I wondered over to Daily Kos. I guess I wanted to see what the ill-informed folks were talking about. And what was the top story? Of course, a story about the oil spill. In this case, a story about how Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is not using his National Guard troops that were issued by Obama to clean up the oil. According to Kos only 1,053 of 6,000 are activated. Kos claims that Jindal is “playing politics” and that he “doesn’t care about anything and is siding with the oil companies.”

My initial response on this was, I sure hope that Jindal is utilizing all that he possibly can. So what if 6,000 troops were alloted to him – if he can’t use them then he can’t use them… Of course, it is much easier for Kos and the Liberals to just assume that Jindal is being a hypocrite and cry about it then to actually do some research themselves.

So, I did a little research myself. I just did a simple search in Google and came up with an article talking about how the U.S. Coast Guard is not allowing ships out. Why? As ABC reports, because “the Coast Guard needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board, and then it had trouble contacting the people who built the barges.”


Now, I am not completely sure about what the Guardsmen are allowed to do, supposed to do, or trained to do. I also am not an expert on oil spill cleanups. By this, I mean is it better to continuously scrape oil off the beaches or wait until the oil done running up on the beach and then do it? If it is the latter, and the USCG is halting barges from going out… what is it that KOS wants the Guard to do?

I’d also like to point out that if Jindal is “siding with the oil companies” as Kos claims, and BP has agreed to pay liabilities to anyone affected by the oil, then how is that helping out the oil company by causing greater damage? Also, the longer this goes on, the more positive sentiment the Left can garner for **** like Cap and Trade or anti-capitalism.

Anyways, there you have it. Nothing has changed with the Liberals. They love to be spoon fed their socialist dinners.


10 Responses to “Is Jindal Holding Up Troops in Oil Cleanup for Political Gain?”

  1. 26 June 2010 at 10:12

    Governor Jindal is doing all that he can to help to resolve this oil crisis. Although at one point I thought that President Obama was doing all that he could to resolve the oil crisis, I have found out a number of important things he could have and could be doing to end this oil crisis. Nice post.

  2. 2 Alan Scott
    26 June 2010 at 18:10

    Governors have better track records than Community organizer Presidents in handling crisis. Jindal has no reason to play politics. Obama, on the other hand has to keep his left wing base at bay. Which is what the drilling ban is about.

  3. 26 June 2010 at 21:06

    @Alan Scott: I can see how Jindal could be “playing politics” if this was all true. It may not be playing politics for his gain, but for the Republican gain… so to speak.

    Jindal said that he was not going to go for the 2012 election. However, things change and this could be a good leverage point for him to show how better equipped he is than Obama in 2012. If he doesn’t run whoever does run can still show how inept the President is at handling crisis (along with everything else).

    Like I said though, just because Obama authorized Guardsmen to be used, doesn’t mean that Jindal has proper jobs to utilize them, especially if the USCG is holding up ships, permits, and cock-blocking any cleanup efforts that have been proposed. Besides, oil is washing up in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida too… and I don’t know if Obama has pledged and Guardsmen there. And if not… then why has he not there?

    Seems like Nungesser and Jindal had to complain before Obama finally did any authorization, which in my mind should make anyone question how much Obama is invested in this. It reminds me of how the Liberals complained about how Bush just flew over the Katrina area. Interesting seeing how the spil happened on 20 April and Obama came to Venice, Louisiana, on 2 May (link) to inspect the damage.

    Furthermore, he waited until 15 June (link) to authorize the troops. So it took him 2 weeks to come inspect the damage, and then another month after seeing the coast to take action? Please. And these stupid Liberals want me to blame Jindal? C’mon.

    If you read the above linked article it specifically states that the other states are doing the same thing as Jindal. They area awaiting proper orders.

    The trouble is that state and local officials are still assessing how best to use the troops available to them. In Florida, for example, mission requests are sent to the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee. If a particular mission suits the guard, they are asked to carry it out.

    So far, the missions have not specifically required deploying large numbers of guardsmen. National Guard officials are ready, waiting and planning for potential missions — but not acting on the scale that the president has discussed.

  4. 4 Alan Scott
    28 June 2010 at 19:12


    Obama held up approval on the dredging of barrier islands and also the extra booms. I wonder what National Guard troops can possibly do to help the cleanup. The Army Corps of Engineers would seem to be more useful in terms of equipment.

  5. 28 June 2010 at 20:27

    @Alan Scott,
    Was it Obama or one of the 9,482 levels of government that Obama created that held up cleanup efforts?

    Exactly. That is the reason for this post of mine here. I have to wonder why the Liberals are after Jindal and not the other governors – Haley Barbour (R) of Mississippi, Bob Riley (R) of Alabama, and Charlie Crist (I) of Florida. All of them have troops “given” to them, but not all are using them all.

    Louisiana has activated 1,117
    Mississippi has activated 56
    Alabama has activated 441
    Florida has activated 26 (link as of June 17th)

    It all seems fairly obvious to me. Jindal has the most to say about this and has been talked about for 2012 before. So, as the Liberals do many times, they try to knock their opponent down.

    The FACTS of THIS matter is that, yes Obama authorized troops to be utilized BUT LATE and the rest of his political bureaucracy has blocked any efforts to activate those troops. It is like giving a kid candy, telling them they can’t eat it, and then when they start crying you tell them “shut up and dont ever say that I never gave you anything.”

    I just hope that others can see all this. Certainly the people at Kos don’t.

  6. 6 Alan Scott
    29 June 2010 at 20:25


    Obama should have treated this with the gravity of 911 or Katrina. Within a week he should have set up a joint command and war room. He could have brought in all of the Governors and some outside Oil executives. By bringing in Jindal and the other Gulf Governors they could have coordinated and waved the various red tape. All of the Governors could have asked directly the things they wanted from the President.

    This would even have helped Obama because the Governors could hardly criticize him since they would have stakes in the decisions. That would have required him to share the credit if things had gone well. As it is, he has no one but, BP to share the blame. Maybe he has the capacity to learn so that next time, nay,,, no way.

  7. 29 June 2010 at 22:18

    @Alan Scott: Good points. I may sound cooky, but I really think that Obama lacked on this event on purpose. I think he wanted the situation to get worse so he (the Left) could push Cap and Trade and anti-capitalism.

  8. 8 Alan Scott
    1 July 2010 at 20:09


    ” I think he wanted the situation to get worse so he (the Left) could push Cap and Trade and anti-capitalism. ”

    A small scale spill would have accomplished that. I believe that he surrounded himself with incompetent political loyalists. Certain areas of running a Country are not his strong points. Even the areas where he had limited success are where he followed Bush’s policies or at least held on to Bush’s appointees. On defense he kept Gates and Bush’s Generals until he fired McCrystal. I may be wrong but I can’t ever remember a Secretary of Defense staying on when the opposite Party took the White House.

    His rescue of the Banks and Financial firms were a continuation of what the Bush Administration was doing. So his small successes stabilizing the Finance Markets and keeping the status quo in the wars were just following the Bush blue print.

    When he tries to implement his new economic policies like Porkulus, they don’t work and he has no plan B. Even his Afghan surge, copying Bush’s successful Iraq surge, took him months to decide and he only went part way on the numbers.

    I think he got lucky on the pirate rescue. Even then I heard that the shooters were really pissed off because President Obama took forever to authorize the shooting of the Pirates.

    The BP spill just illustrates his incompetence when confronted by the unexpected. While you could not expect him to be a drilling expert, his inability to surround himself with the best people to give him advice, is scary.

    To say that the BP spill is his Katrina, as some on our side say, is not accurate. It is more like Carter’s hostage crisis. Even the Katrina recovery made progress. Once the true picture emerged, things moved forward. This just drags on month after month, failure after failure. Even when he has competent people like Governor Jindal to work with, he can’t bring himself to listen either because of politics or because he is just that stupid.

    Even with the spill, just like Carter, it will be the lack of job growth that defeats him. He simply is not capable of admitting that the ideas he came in to office with do not work .

    Like Carter, events now seem to be lining up against him. Unless a miracle happens like getting Bin Laden, even a moderate economic recovery next year, won’t save him.

  9. 5 July 2010 at 01:53

    Alan Scott,
    you may be completely correct that he has surrounded himself with inept people… but I still think that this is all part of the plan. I mean, the moron made a big speech about how he is declaring war on oil/capitalism before he even authorized anything. To me, that seems to suggest that this is more of a plan (or lack of) to get something pushed.

    As Emmanuel said, don’t let a crisis go to waste.

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