July 11, 2011

Who Is Pulling the Trigger?

Justin Katz

Given that the mainstream media has appeared less interested in this story than in such critical events as royal weddings and the accuracy of Republicans' references to history, Anchor Rising should help in the effort to prevent it from slipping through the cracks:

In Fall of 2009, the Obama Administration conceived Operation Fast and Furious, in which the ATF sold thousands of advanced weapons to Mexican drug cartels in order to track them once they were used in crimes. This policy perfectly dovetailed with Obama's gun control arguments. First of all, by selling guns to the cartels that the ATF could definitely trace back to the US (because they were bought from the ATF), the percentage of guns used in Mexican crimes traceable to American guns would increase. ATF supervisors rejoiced at their success when they found that these guns were being used for violence in Mexico.

At the very least, Attorney General Eric Holder, who is knee deep in this operation, should be forced out of office. The political repercussions for the Obama administration should also reach all the way up to the top office.

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Holder seems to love Mexicans a whole lot. He fights against their deportation and now arms their cartels.
This "nation of cowards" says it time to go!!

Posted by: bobbob at July 11, 2011 12:37 PM

Where's Sen. Whitehouse on this?

He was an active player in the investigations of the so-called "political" firings of U.S. Attorneys in the Bush Administration . . . (U.S. Attorneys are political appointees, as Sheldon well knows).

Why haven't we heard from him on this?

Posted by: brassband at July 11, 2011 2:07 PM

As Talleyrand said, this was worse than a crime, it was a blunder. It's bad enough that ATF concocted a scheme that was almost certain to result in the deaths of law enforcement officers and innocent civilians while violating Mexico's sovreignty as a bonus. Even worse was that the operation seems to have been incompetently planned so that no one was able to track the weapons until they ended up a crime scene.

Since this appears to be a multi-agency operation involving agencies from the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, it seems implausible that neither Holder nor Napolitano knew about it.

This story has been slow to develop, mainly due to DOJ obstruction, but the acting director of ATF recently engaged his own attorney and took the unusual step of testifying before Issa's committee on July 4th. Things should start picking up soon to the point where even the MSM won't be able to squelch it.

Posted by: David P at July 11, 2011 4:20 PM

The NRA types say: "Guns don't kill people, people kill people". So, lets try to prove those neanderthals wrong by shipping a bunch of guns to violent people.

Dey shure showd us huh?

Posted by: George at July 11, 2011 6:10 PM

Salvation is at hand! Just yesterday the White House announced that new gun regulations would be forthcoming very shortly. I feel safer already. I may throw out my JHP's.

Posted by: Warrington Faust at July 11, 2011 8:44 PM

George I'm an NRA type. How much do you know about me? Are you a nice liberal or a castrated one? This was a USA taxpayer funded fiasco brought to you by Hussein in the White House. He brings many disasters to Neanderthals, Cro-Magnons and most members of Homo Erectus (not a pill George). So you keep assuming the conventional wisdom while Hussein continues his machinations. They be coming after you with an ATF water pistol liberal George.

Posted by: ANTHONY at July 11, 2011 11:57 PM

Anthony -

I could be wrong but I think George was being sarcastic.

Posted by: David P at July 12, 2011 6:09 AM

I'm with David P,Anthony-I think George was mocking Holder(a good thing).
Holder needs to go yesterday.Actually,he lied under oath to Congress.He should be prosecuted.
he sure wouldn't be the first AG to go to the can.
Dougherty(Under Harding) ,Mitchell,Kleindienst to name three.

Posted by: joe bernstein at July 12, 2011 9:50 AM

David, Joe...Yes he could be mocking the whole thing. However there are a lot of people who consider guns (and not the users) the problem.

Holder by the way refused to go after black panthers involved in voter intimidation. The USA is upside down.

Posted by: ANTHONY at July 12, 2011 12:18 PM

Anthony-Holder is,in my opinion,a racist,America-hating scumbag.
If Obama thought it was time to have a Black AG,he could have selected Wayne Budd,the former US Attorney for Massachusetts under Daddy Bush and an appointee of Bill Clinton(US Sentencing Commission),a highly respected professional with no flies on him.
I met him a number of times and he was the real deal as a public servant.

Posted by: joe bernstein at July 12, 2011 3:37 PM

"Holder by the way refused to go after black panthers involved in voter intimidation."

Yes; justice for me, not for thee.

His inaction in that matter is such a "good" reflection on his boss ...

Posted by: Monique at July 12, 2011 9:11 PM

Yes. Sarcasm. I've been an NRA member since I got out of the Navy (going on 24 years).

Warrington, I think the "new gun regulations" announced yesterday are an attempt at distraction. These people make Bill Clinton look like George Washington (alright, that's a stretch, but they are bringing deception to new heights).

Posted by: George at July 13, 2011 12:06 AM

Clinton lied about getting hummers at work.
He at elast had some competence and didn't despise the United States.
I'm not making a brief for him,but he was better than this strutting fool.

Posted by: joe bernstein at July 13, 2011 12:46 PM

These knuckleheads lose bird dogs hand over fist because of battery life. How did they ever think they could pull this off once they crossed the border. Nice job not only embarrassing this country but insulting the Mexicans too. That's no easy task.

Posted by: Max Diesel at July 13, 2011 10:32 PM
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