No comment here on politics or government; I'm not well versed enough in those things.
Bureaucracy and incompetence - those I am somewhat familiar with though.
I noticed a couple posts here mentioning "The US Army Corps of Engineers". I don't think most people know what this is or what it does. Or, they
have some idea that it's like a John Wayne movie and a brigade of rough n ready soldiers (who are also geniuses) are going to charge in and save the
Here's some basic info about them from Wikipedia:
As you can see - 98% of these workers are civilians.
Considering the number of employees further - its a government entity so there's alot of bloat. 20 - 30% of these people are probably unnecessary.
And out of most of these employees - most are desk jockeys, CAD operators, low level grunts, and on the other end is management people who are paper
pushers and BSers.
There are very few
who are any sort of 'expert' and even fewer still
who have direct experience with oil spills.
This 'agency' is not without it's incompetents either. ALL entities have many, as was remarked about BP execs in the one video. In any business,
there are idiots, and the USACE does attract its fair share.
Common sense also dictates that people *forget* things. If as example one has gone through school and then works restoring Rolls Royces for 20 years
- OK you can't just grab this person, point them at a broken Space Shuttle and say - OK smart guy - go fix *that*. Likewise with USACE people - sure
they have alot of "water" experience - but most do not have direct experience with spills and likely have forgotten anything they learned in
And of course a great lot of these people just shuffle paperwork from one desk to another. It's a gov agency, think about it.
Someone less lazy than I could maybe figure the odds on some John Wayne Genius existing within the USACE. Pretty slim is my off the cuff guess
A better bet would be someone within academia. Not a whole lot of people their either. This is a relatively obscure field. You don't see them
teaching refinery architecture at your local Junior College, do you?
And of course the wheels of government grind slowly. Even if they do "find" the few experts who can "fix this" - these things take time. And
paperwork. LOTS of paperwork.
It's not a TV show where Professor Frink is going to swing in like Indiana Jones and Save The Day.
It would be great if that could be.
Thanks for the videos.