‘Iran to Obama’s Rescue’

Obama’s popularity is at an all-time low following charges he mismanaged the oil spill disaster, but Iran said it can get him out of the mess.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu , | updated: 7:24 PM

Controlled fire in US oil spill
Controlled fire in US oil spill
Israel news photo: Wikimedia Commons

Iran has offered to help solve the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill and extricate U.S. President Barack Obama from the mess that has caused his already sinking popularity to drop even further.

A New York Times/CBS poll published Tuesday morning revealed that 59 percent of Americans think the president does not have a “clear plan” for combating the spill, and 61 percent said the president’s response to the spill was “too slow.”

The survey also showed a lack of confidence that President Obama can stop the flow of oil soon and give necessary help to residents affected by it. Nearly half of the respondents replied it will take “several months” to stop the spill, and 16 percent said the spill will take a “year or longer” to end.

However, Iran is ready to rescue President Obama if he requests help, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported Tuesday. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast underlined Tehran's technical capability to help the United States control the oil spill and the resulting slick, which he said is a "humanitarian issue."

One day earlier, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, otherwise known as the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), offered to provide experts to help the Americans. "The experience of Iranians' presence in curbing oil spills in a number of neighboring states in the Persian Gulf, such as Kuwait, demonstrates Iranian capabilities and skills, and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is ready to help curb the oil spill,” Commander of the IRGC's Khatam ol-Anbia Headquarters General Rostam Qassemi stated.

“If Americans and Britons and also the Western companies find themselves incapable of capping the oil spill, [they can] ask Iran, [we] will study the case, and send… IRGC experts to the region to help prevent the continuation of this serious crisis,” Qasemi added.

An oil rig leased by British Petroleum exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers before sinking two days later and spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day. The oil slick threatens tourism, the fishing industry and nature reserves.

Iran made political hay out of the oil spill, noting that "despite American-promoted sanctions against the Islamic Republic, the IRGC is prepared to fulfill its humanitarian duty.”  Qasemi added, “Considering Washington and London's claims that they are economic and industrial superpowers, the U.S. and Britain's inability to stop the oil spill two months after the initial incident is ‘humiliating and shameful.'"