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July 8th, 2010
11:12 AM ET
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  1. Elvia M. Chalmers

    A remarkable man, a remarkable career. I admire the fact that he ignores the "chatter" keeps plugging, adjusting and doing his job. Many of us are so focused on the issue surrounding us immediately, but Thad allen has to keep an open eye and ear on many issues and not just multi-task, but multi-task at an efficient, effective level repeatedly.

    July 8, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  2. Steven Berger

    We're beginning to get an idea of how many billions of dollars the BP oil catastrophe is going to cost for containment, cleanup and restitution for people and property affected–though we'll never know for certain the cost in lost sea life and potential future discoveries. My question is, about how much would it have cost BP to prevent this devastation in the first place? A couple of million dollars? Was it worth it?
    Thank you,

    July 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  3. Smith in Oregon

    Anyone approaching the status of becoming a 'great' man or woman, knows when they are in over their head and publicly say so.

    It appeared entirely evident that former Adm. Thad Allen was in over his head in the immediate discovery and disclosure of the Louisiana BP blown crude Oil well. Thad Allen was diminished to merely mouthing BP talking points, instead of using seasoned reason to determine the accuracy and truthfulness FIRST. As such, Thad Allen has simply been a go-between for BP and the US Federal Government. Mouthing words from BP to the Government and not making certain what he is being told is actually true or entirely false.

    It is the job of a Coast Guard Admiral to determine actual facts and gain the truth therein. Thad Allen failed in that fundamental regard and in so doing, diminished himself, his rank as Admiral in the Coast Guard and the American People suffered as a result.

    July 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  4. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    The term "good soldier", which is generic for all branches of the military, fits him perfectly.

    July 9, 2010 at 9:44 am |