Although every major oil company operating in deep water around the world had guaranteed that it could handle a blowout, not a single one knew what to do.
The specter of American intervention adds to Yemen's considerable woes.
This sliver of sand boasts the world's tallest building, a sail-shaped hotel with a $100 lunch, a new subway system, 95,000 hotel rooms, and a working indoor ski slope.
The change upon the advent of Operation New Dawn will be largely atmospheric.
BP's claim that taxpayers will pay nothing is likely to be little more than doublespeak.
Let's stand up to the oil industry and move America beyond its dependence on oil.
BP is out there drilling in deep water to feed our oil addiction.
As Hightower says, it's oozing on us.