I agree on all counts but I think the blame needs to be spread out to all folks at blame & not just the BP Oil company on this deal. First let me say that BP has lot talented & experienced folks working for it ,,,,,,,, I just have never seen very many at top of organization & saying COO is starting to sound like fool is sort like saying how is weather – its retorical question.
You mention the “What if” question on drilling this deep & think you got to heart of issue – only major oil companies have the ability to even attempt this & they are all charting new territory without much background to chart the reaction proceedure when accidents like this happen. If you read accounts there were safety systems that were designed but because poor to non existent maintenance didnt function & even if they had the reaction time was too slow to head off a release at this pressure & velocity.
The second part of “What if” along with responsibility for doing something with spill already in the Gulf …… you can thank the Obama adminstration for that delay & lack of action! After the Valdez incident – US Coast Guard put in a plan of action and what needs to be done on spill of this type magnitude. Unfortunately it still needed some one to give the go ahead for response & despite the Democratic claims they were involved from “Day 1” they didnt do anything for the first 3-5 days towards activiting Coast Guard when it could have been more easily contained. Lot of the sham show is just make BP full villian and take heat off Obama & Congress for using it as political gain to stop offshore drilling like he wants.