BP has over 9 Billion US dollars in defense supply contracts. Just think about the implications of the Government taking over BP like they did GM (which would never happen anyway because BP is a Crown company, but as a thought experiment). Data and graphics are from USASpending.gov.
Has the Pentagon had any say in how the Gulf of BP incident has been managed? Inquiring oysters want to know.Update:
Maggie - I was more thinking about why BP's bid was low cost, and also about companies impacting government policy, not the other way around.