Obama’s Insideous “Fast and Furious” Crisis
By Richard Larsen
Details of an elaborate and odious conspiracy by the administration to manufacture a crisis continue to surface. Their conspiracy, aided and facilitated by high level Justice Department officials is known by the operational name used by the department, “Fast and Furious.”
We now know by evidence produced internally by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and by government whistle-blowers, that the ATF was “gun running” illegal weapons into Mexico. From the fall of 2009 to the fall of 2010, U.S. Border Patrol agents and ATF agents were told by their superiors to “look the other way” as over 2,000 guns, including 50 caliber and AK-47 type assault rifles, were sold by government agents to illegal arms traffickers and smugglers who turned around and sold them to Mexican criminal organizations and drug cartels.
In a letter addressed to congressmen this week, Attorney General Eric Holder admitted that the operation was “fundamentally flawed” and that “regrettably, its effects will be felt for years to come as weapons that should have been interdicted, but were not, continue to show up at crime scenes in this country and Mexico.”
And show up they have. As of last month, the weapons have been traced to over 200 crime scenes in Mexico, most of which were violent and resulted in fatal shootings. Ironically it’s the ATF’s own eTrace program, which tracks serial numbers of weapons, that identified the weapons involved.
Even more disconcerting is the fact that Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was gunned down in December, 2009 in Arizona, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata was killed in February of this year by criminal elements using the contraband guns. AFT whistleblowers Vince Cefalu, Larry Alt, and John Dodson have all been either reassigned or terminated.
Those are the fundamental facts and events as chronicled by primary sources. Which brings us to the political element. First stop is Attorney General Holder himself, who in May told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had just learned “in recent weeks” about the now infamous operation. Yet two months earlier Holder had been sent a letter by congressional Republicans seeking his response to questions regarding the details of the operation. A month before that CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson shocked the nation when she exposed the details of Fast and Furious and revealed the early stages of the administration cover-up. To many of us, the fact that someone in mainstream media was actually delving into a scandal involving the Obama administration was as shocking as the operation itself.
But here’s the real kicker as it relates to Holder. From documents just released by Senator Charles Grassley and Representative Darrell Issa, Holder perjured himself in his May testimony. Those documents identified five different briefings that Michael Walther, Director of the National Drug Intelligence Center provided to Holder, starting in July of last year. In other words, the top law enforcement officer in the land perfidiously lied to congress about this illegal operation that he had known about for nearly a year from detailed briefings!
Two major questions are begging to be answered truthfully. First, how high in the administration does knowledge of this operation go? The higher it goes, the more complicit the entire Obama administration is in funneling contraband weaponry directly into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Holder knew, and we now know from Grassley’s and Issa’s documents that Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel knew as well. They have blood on their hands.
Secondly, what was the intended purpose of the operation? The administration claims they wanted the guns smuggled “into Mexico and put them in the hands of cartel members, who were then to be arrested.” We know this isn’t true since the Border Patrol and ATF agents covering the area were told to “stand down” and not pursue the gun smugglers or the buyers.
The truth is implicitly revealed in Holder’s letter to congress this week when he told lawmakers that they should focus on “fixing loopholes in our laws that facilitate the staggering flow of guns each year across our border.” The White House obviously wanted to make the assault weapons they were selling to Mexican thugs such a problem that it would justify implementing much more stringent gun control. After all Obama has said many times, “We need to make the assault weapon ban permanent.”
Fast and Furious was an administration-manufactured crisis. We must remember that this administration believes they should “never let a serious crisis go to waste.” And if there isn’t one already, they will create one for their ideological agenda.
For obvious reasons, Holder denouncing the “staggering flow of guns across our border” is eerily similar to Obama’s denunciation of deficit spending! They create crises and blame others for them.
AP award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.