May 31st, 2010
08:25 AM ET

On the Radar: Gaza protest, oil spill, Memorial Day

Gulf oil spill - BP could try to cap a massive oil gusher again early this week in an attempt to solve what the Obama administration has called "probably the biggest environmental disaster we've ever faced in this country." As the  spill entered its 42nd day Monday, efforts to clean up coastal areas and develop a new plan of attack continued. All previous attempts to contain the crude gushing from BP's undersea well have failed, including a "top kill" approach that many had pinned their hopes on.

Documents released Sunday show that BP reported problems controlling the undersea well at the heart of the largest oil spill in U.S. history and won a delay in testing a critical piece of equipment in March.

Gaza protest -  Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Israel after 10 people were killed in an incident on the high seas today. International condemnation poured in Monday after Israeli soldiers stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid intended for Palestinians in Gaza, leaving at least 10 people dead in the resulting violence.  Israel said it was defending itself, with the Israel Defense Forces saying the soldiers' lives were in danger after they were attacked with "severe physical violence, including live fire, weapons, knives and clubs." Read the latest updates on the story.

Remembering the fallen - It may surprise the casual visitor at Arlington National Cemetery to see a rubber duck on a headstone or an old football helmet lying in the manicured grass of a fallen soldier's grave. After all, America's most hallowed ground is the final resting place for war heroes, astronauts, even a U.S. president. But it happens all the time, especially in Section 60, where many of those killed in the current wars are buried. Leaving a flower arrangement is still common. And many graves have tiny American flags placed on them. And on this Memorial Day, remember to check out our multimedia interactive on U.S. war casualties, where you can see those who have given their lives in service and leave your own memorials.

soundoff (17 Responses)

    WARNING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    also the new method to be used by BP to (just try to) stop the oil spill (cut the oil riser, near the wellhead's top, and put a valve with a pipe to pump up the oil to surface) has the main goal to "save the BP oil" (like all other, failed, methods used so far) but, this time, if the second part of the attempt (plug the just cutted riser) will FAIL, there will be NO FAST OR EASY WAY to stop the oil spill for at least TWO-THREE MONTHS, since, without the riser, BP can't no longer adopt other, simpler, methods to stop the leak, like these:
    they CAN stop the oil spill within TWO days!

    May 31, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      After they cut the bent/collapsed riser, they should have access to all bolts to disconnect the remainder of the cut pipe, and then perhaps place a second BOP atop the existing failed one, but we'll see. What a horrible disaster for all the wildlive and the people living in that area, and for all of us.

      May 31, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary


      May 31, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      READ TO STOP OIL LEAK.... There is a product called "Ferminite" there is a company in Houston with the same name that uses it. IT expands when exposed to WATER, and hardens rock hard. CALL THE COMPANY. I am a retired ICBO inspector and I worked with them before.

      May 31, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jean

      B.O enherided from the f,,, Republicans the worst economical and enviromental disasters in the history of the usa and the only thing republicans want is to wash their hands and try to blame everybody exept themselfs

      May 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jean

      can you imagine the water pressure at 5000 ft deep , it around 2000 pounds per square inches and the oil is gushing
      19 000 barels a day . that means that the oil pressure exeeds 2000 pounds per square inches can you imagint the complexity of the operation . bp in not worst than exoon or mobile or suncor woh by the way is polluting the north of alberta canada . have a look on google map at Fort Mc Murray. BP had no plan B in case of BOP failure they never tested a bop under water to see if works they should have test the valve

      May 31, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. absentcapacity

    May 31, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. JC

    Call the company(s) that controlled Iraq's fires and contained 95% of the spill by pumping water and oil into super tankers and separating and then stop the leaks. I know they were not a mile down but I would bet they would bring in one of the five man-able submersibles that can operate at a mile depth. BP even admits this is not their game. I mean why is everyone assuming another hole will pull off enough PSI to stop the leak; it very will may NOT!

    May 31, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TheDude

    You can thank "Dick" Cheney and other TEABAGGING GREEDY REPUBLICAN VERMIN for this catastrophe of unprecedented proportions. The Republican "philosophy" of DEREGULATIION has catapulted our economy, our environment, and our country into the F#*KING TOILET......but these RIGHT WING RODENTS couldn't give a FLYING F#*K that this felonious debacle has spawned an ecological and environmental NIHGTMARE that will last at least 100 years probably more. Thanks D1CKHEADS!!!!!!!

    May 31, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • jean

      The Dude you never been so right .dick cheny was working for Hallburton. condolezza rice have an oil tanker with her name on and gorges bush that f... monkey was a in a crude oil drinking family. they all went to war for oil.It would have been less expensive to pay a pension to each iraki and it would have saved over 5000 soldiers lives . the big lie is that united states poeple still believe that sadam had wmd .lol he did not heven have a can of raid . he was so affraid of bush that i destroyd it all. and now we are there in an extricable web .we will never win nothing there . al-qaida won the momment they crashed in the towers .dragging the usa in an endless war ruining the us economy and killing thousands of us soldiers

      May 31, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hammer

      When will the Obama people take resposablbity for somr thing??????

      June 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hammer

      I never thought I would be defending Bush,But right is right,I hane nevr seen America so divided have you?Obama must take responsability or Americans make him take the blame for what happened on his watch.Obama promise of bringing America to gether/The promise to pull US troops out???OIL spill on his watch,HOw long are you goimg to blame the other robber Bush??? HOw long

      June 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Amrik

    Instead of stopping just cap it with a powerful suction with other end controlled valves. Store the oil till the time cap settles down fully and keep on storing by keeping suction open from other end. Oil can be stored on top of sea and transported without pollutiing sea immidiately. Instead of resisting presure just support the pressure' control and direct the flow.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. hubert

    Use a 6" thick bell shaped object that's 1/3 larger than control valves that's top the leaking well..Navy should have a sub in the building process. At the top of said bell have a series of valve to allow slow descend over the existing control valves.Bell will cover the entire area the existing control valves and seal on ocean floor. a soft line that can be attach...A soft line that can be attached after or during as long it will allow the flow of water and oil and air to escape as the bell descend to the ocean floor after bell in place this line will allow for the pumping off of oil that will continue to be jetted out from well to be captured and pumped into awaiting ships.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sandy

    Why have they not tried a cork? This is such a mess, I hate reading about the incompetence of BP. Seems greed before anything else.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. pedro

    Colhamos a ganância da nossa natureza. Falta de compromisso não apenas com o meio ambiente, mas com o nosso caráter.

    June 4, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pedro

    É pura palhaçada acharmos ou procurarmos um culpado, devemos ter lucidez suficiente para assumirmos que a nossa esquizofrenia consiste em procurarmos estar sempre à frente da nossa própria razão; tempo custa dinheiro, eu sei, mas custa muito mais do que isso em casos como esse. A solução? Protestar e exigir fiscalização sempre, em todas as etapas dos processos – de produção – nos quais exploramos recursos naturais (mas não só nesses casos, of course). Pedro

    From Brazil

    June 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |