Commentary Series

The Commentary Series is intended to promote better policy by fostering constructive debate among leading policymakers, academics, and observers.  Designed to be timely and relevant, these commentaries seek to illuminate the issues of the day by raising important questions and challenging underpinning assumptions.  Opinions expressed in Commentaries are those of the author(s) alone. Comments should be directed to [email protected].

The Gulf Oil Disaster: Three Steps to Federal Leadership (PDF)

July 07, 2010

Hurricane Alex should serve as a wake-up call for the President that the Gulf oil response requires broad support from throughout his Administration. The efforts of Thad Allen and his unified command organization are commendable given the seemingly indomitable challenges they face on ground, but the President cannot reasonably expect any one individual or organization to alone succeed given the present situation.