In the war on the environment, you have to expect the occasional casualty, BP spin doctors will explain to the White House today. Sometimes, we have to accept there's a bit of friendly fire.
'We expect the Americans will understand completely,' said a BP corporate messaging strategist, 'they've been in this position many times themselves, and I'm sure they will only sympathise with us.'
But others are not so sure the Americans will see it that way. Massive pollution, and wholescale loss of life, may not play well with popular opinion, when it happens on their own backyard, some controversialists argue.
[ER. MORE FOLLOWS, AFTER GRAMMATICAL CRITIQUE FROM OXBRIDGE]