Bill Nelson wants Obama to deploy armed forces to Gulf 

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday requesting the Department of Defense get more fully involved in the response to the massive Gulf oil spill.
While the Coast Guard under the Homeland Security Department and National Guard are both involved, Nelson wrote to Obama, “it is my belief that the broader assets and command and control capability of the Department of Defense could better translate your directives into prompt, effective action.”
Such a move, Nelson said, would help protect the coastlines and show Americans “that their government is taking an all-hands-on-deck response.”
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN on Sunday that there is little more the U.S. military can do.
“We have participated in the meetings here in Washington and actually down on the scene,” Mullen said. “We are offering everything we can possibly do to try to help.”

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