AP and the Beeb report that The Netherlands are pulling their 1900 troops out of Afghanistan. Canada and Poland plan to withdraw their small contingents next year. The UK troops are expected to be out in 2014 or 2015.
The NYT has a story about the new US strategy to switch to targeted killings of Taliban leaders. I think we call that counter-terrorism, but I believe it was called Phoenix when we used the strategy in Vietnam.
if you do not want to be questioned about why you were at the crime scene.
So, does this overuse of dispersant look like wiping down a crime scene to you? There is a question about where all the oil went now that the BP Gusher has finally been capped, and we may figure out the answer to that question over the next decade as the impact arrives in fisheries and ecosystems, but overuse of dispersant may help BP avoid some direct accountability and the concomitant liability.
New questions arise on dispersant use in oil spill
NEW ORLEANS As BP inched closer to permanently sealing the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, congressional investigators railed against the company and Coast Guard for liberal use of toxic chemicals that helped disperse the oil, but at unknown expense to sea life.
The Coast Guard routinely approved BP requests to use thousands of gallons of the chemical per day to break up the oil in the Gulf, despite a federal directive to use the dispersant rarely, the investigators said. The Coast Guard approved 74 waivers over a 48-day period after the Environmental Protection Agency order, according to documents reviewed by the investigators. Only in a few cases did the government scale back BP’s request.
Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., released a letter Saturday that said instead of complying with the EPA restriction, “BP often carpet bombed the ocean with these chemicals and the Coast Guard allowed them to do it.”
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