Adm. Allen On Oil Spill: 'This Is A Siege Across The Entire Gulf'
Appearing on Face The Nation, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said that the fight against the BP oil spill will last into the fall. "This will only end when we intercept the well bore, pump mud down it and put a cement plug in. It's bottom kill rather than top kill. The spill will not be contained until that happens," said Allen. "Even after that there will be oil out there for months to come. This will be well into the fall. This is a siege across the entire Gulf."
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Kerry: Israel Not A Burden, But Gaza A 'Humanitarian Challenge'
Appearing on This Week, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) disagreed with a recent statement by the head of Israeli intelligence, who said that the country had turned into a burden and not an asset for the United States. "No, I don't believe that. But there are obviously tensions with respect to certain policies. We've seen that," said Kerry. "But let's begin at the very beginning of a big picture here. Israel has every right in the world to make certain that weapons are not being smuggled in after the thousands of rockets that have been fired on it from Gaza. And Israel has every right in the world, as recognized by the international community -- because it is not just Israel conducting this blockade; it is Israel and Egypt. So you begin that Israel has this right to protect itself. Now, that said, Gaza is a -- is a humanitarian challenge, and Israel understands that, I think. And this has underscored it."