Talk of blowing oil leak up is cyclical
Bill Clinton takes his turn to advocate for blowing-up the oil leak. The issue seems to be uniting traditional political adversaries.
Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 03:05 PM
OIL SLICK WILLY: If Bill Clinton says we should consider blowing up the oil leak does that make it right? (Credit: AP)
It seems you can’t go more than two or three days without a new story coming out that advocates blowing-up the oil leak thousands of feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
Former President Bill Clinton is the latest high profile leader to mention the prospect of blowing-up the oil leak.
“Unless we send the Navy down deep to blow-up the well and cover the leak with piles and piles and piles of rock and debris, which may become necessary, and you don’t need to use a nuclear weapon, just blow it up, or we will be dependent on BP.”
Clinton’s remarks came while attending a media event in South Africa hosted by CNN’s Wolfe Blitzer. Clinton went on to say that the first priority for President Obama should be to stop the spill and then move onto the figuring out what went wrong.
On Tuesday morning Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) used Clinton’s comments as ammunition during a spouting match with Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois). A week ago The Hill reported Representative Phil Gingrey (R-Georgia) brought up the idea of "blowing it up" on an Atlanta radio show, saying. “For the life of me, I cant understand why BP can’t go to the ocean floor, drill a few holes and put a little ammonium nitrate, some dynamite, in those holes and detonate the dynamite and seal the leak."
Clinton’s remarks technically were made a few days ago and are just making waves in America now. So, by my count, another high profile endorsement for blowing it up is due either tomorrow or Friday.