...any public relations battle with the U.S. government over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. And, in my opinion, the angrier, more aloof or any emotion displayed by its executives will continue to undermine its popularity and respect among U.S. citizens.
One of the best columnists out there -- Clive Crook of the Financial Times -- correctly argues that BP ought to take the lead in also convincing the British people to stand down in this fight.
Granted, the perception that President Obama is directly or indirectly attacking Britain in his criticism of how BP is (mis-)handling this crisis exists in the United Kingdom. The call for a multi-billion dollar escrow fund to pay for damages relating to the oil spill is likely to exacerbate those feelings. But let's not forget this IS a British corporation.