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The Gulf Oil Spill - Should President Obama Ask Other Nations For Help With The Cleanup?: Left of Center View

The gulf oil spill is a disaster that goes far beyond Americaís borders. The oil that is killing animals in the gulf and along the gulf coast is also killing future generations of sea life that could have sustained people in the gulf region for decades to come. We may never fully understand how much this disaster will cost the human race.

The most recent reports about the state of the spill indicate that there is a substantial amount of heavy crude traveling just below the surface preventing marine mammals from surfacing for air. Dead dolphins have been found in the region and tests have confirmed that they died due to issues related to the oil spill. If the oil is traveling below the surface where it canít be as easily tracked how do we know how far or in what direction it will go? There could be oil clouds under the surface heading for Europe and Africa right now. What we do know is that the sooner we get this cleaned up and the leak capped the sooner we will be able to sleep better at night.

Going it alone will not speed the resolution of this problem along. We need help and we need to be willing to ask for it. The American people have opened our hearts to others in times of need and in our hour of need itís ok to let some of those weíve helped give us a hand. By working with other nations to address the problem in the gulf we are opening a dialog with them that could lead to better relations down the road. We are working in the common interests of everyone and showing the world that we can embrace being a part of the larger world community.

As our world grows smaller we will need to learn to be a part of the global community and not so concerned with being its dominant power. The things that affect one nation eventually affect every nation. Everything has become interconnected and only imaginary lines separate most of the peoples of the earth. Through technology and free thinking audacity we have broken down many of the barriers that once divided us and achieved as a collective things that we could never have achieved as individuals. Things like the gulf oil spill remind us that we still have work to do but that we can do it together for the good of all.

The President should not be afraid to ask for help. This is a global crisis with no end in sight. Bringing people together for the common good is not weakness but rather strength. Only a foolish coward allows himself to be destroyed because he is too proud to ask for help.


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The Gulf Oil Spill - Should President Obama Ask Other Nations For Help With The Cleanup?: Right of Center View

This is an American problem that requires some American ingenuity to solve. The problem was caused by a British company but it happened in our neighborhood and our people know those waters better than anyone. We have a history of being problem solvers and time after time we have proven that we can beat the odds and come out on top. We have some of the greatest minds in the world and if we can figure out how to harness the power of the atom we can figure out how to clean up some oil.

If we start asking for help from other countries we are taking food out of the mouths of Americans that could be doing the work as well. Unemployment is out of control and we need to do everything we can to keep jobs here for Americans first. There is certainly no problem with letting BP pay for the cleanup as it happened on their rig. They can pay our people to clean up their mess in our back yard. If we start asking other countries to come help us cleaning up the mess they will want to bring their own people to do the jobs our people could be doing.

There is also the issue of our place in the world as a leader to consider. There are already people from other countries working on the cleanup but they are there with our permission not at our request. From the beginning other nations have offered to help and we have graciously accepted it. When it happens like that it leaves us in a position of strength because we are not saying that we need them but that if they want to help out we will appreciate it. When we start asking for foreign aid we become weaker in the eyes of the world because we are saying that we cannot stand on our own and need their help.

We donít really need the worldís help to solve the gulf oil crisis. We need to cut through the red tape and let our people get to the business of solving the problem. People have come up with multiple solutions but have been held back by bureaucrats and special interests trying to make sure they get their piece of the pie. Itís time to stop the delays, cut the red tape and get our people to work solving this problem. We donít need a bunch of studies or commissions or a bunch of foreign workers taking jobs away from our people. We need to put the best minds and hardest working people in the world from right here in America to work getting this job done.

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