June 7, 2012 Leave a comment
The Fast and Furious scandal has shown Attorney General Eric Holder to be a liar. He’s consistently claimed that he and senior staff at the Justice Department didn’t know about the program until just before news broke about it. New documents show this simply isn’t the case. Senior staff at the Justice Department approved wire taps nearly a year before the first Congressional hearings, well before news of Fast and Furious broke. Thus Eric Holder lied at his press conferences and during his testimony before the House. Even if we give Holder the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t know senior staff approved these wire taps, Holder in the least has shown himself utterly incompetent.
Fast and Furious allowed illegal weapons to get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. In theory the Feds were trying to figure out the cartel supply lines via these guns. That never happened. Instead one border patrol officer was murdered and over two hundred Mexicans have been murdered. The Federal government never informed Mexico of what they were doing. Some on the right believe Fast and Furious was an attempt to push for more gun control as the Justice Department knew these guns would be used in any number of murders in the southwest and in Mexico.
Holder has now taken to blaming Bush for Fast and Furious. It is true that the Bush administration had three programs that involved similar plans as Fast and Furious. However there are two important differences. The Bush administration plans were on a small scale and the Bush Justice Department worked with Mexico. In short, the Bush administration tried to tag team the cartels with the Mexican authorities. The Obama administration never told Mexico about Fast and Furious and thus never coordinated efforts with them. A major flaw when you know full well the guns are going to Mexico. How this is Bush’s fault is anyone’s guess but that seems to be the standard response to everything from the Obama administration these days.
We could debate the merits of any of these programs considering that it requires putting guns in the hands of brutal Mexican drug cartels. To not work with Mexico is simply foolish. How in the world did Holder and the Obama Justice Department think they were going to track guns once they were outside of US jurisdiction? This is what fuels speculation that Holder was creating conditions which would allow him to argue for stricter gun control laws. It’s no secret that Mexican drug cartels are a major source of violence. Holder knows that if American guns are being used for violence in Mexico, Obama would have an easier time arguing for stricter gun control laws. That the Obama administration sets up a false situation in order to get the laws simply doesn’t matter to these people. Never forget, these people are following Saul Alinsky. The ends justify the means.
Holder got caught and he’s been back tracking ever since. If he hasn’t outright lied to Congress, he’s at least shown his incompetence at running the Justice Department. He’s likely a liar. There is little doubt that Holder and other higher ups would have had knowledge about a plan to flood thousands of guns into a foreign country so that we could track them. If Holder didn’t know about Fast and Furious, then he’s simply incompetent. But given the magnitude and the significance of this program, there’s no doubt he knew. As such, he has lied to Congress. Rather than admitting to that, he’s blaming Bush.