“The Fast and the Furious” was a gun-running program that allowed thousands of AK-47’s to enter Mexico from the United States ostensibly to allow tracking of their movements. At the same time it allows the AK-47’s to go into Mexico, it is the policy of this administration to arm border patrol agents with bean bags as their first line of defense against AK-47’s.
Such policy got border patrol Brian Terry agent killed in December. Terry was killed with one of the assault rifles that this administration sent into Mexico.
As I noted previously, at first this administration denied that it was policy to arm border patrol agents with bean bags to fight AK’s.
That turned out to be false.
Now Barack Obama claims that neither he nor Eric Holder authorized the operation and was quick to make sure he was free of responsibility.
Under fire for an operation that allowed smuggling of U.S. weapons across the nation’s border with Mexico, President Obama said in an interview that neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder authorized the controversial “Operation Fast and Furious.”
This is the same Obama who called John McCain “naive and irresponsible.”
“If they want a debate about protecting the United States of America, that’s a debate I’m ready to win because George Bush and John McCain have a lot to answer for.” He blamed Bush for policies that enhance the strength of terrorist groups such as Hamas and “the fact that al-Qaida’s leadership is stronger than ever because we took our eye off the ball in Afghanistan.”
Obama is always quick to point out the failings of others yet is lightning fast to duck responsibility.
But Eric Holder did know about it.
US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano denied having previous knowledge of the operations, while Attorney General Eric Holder admitted to knowing of the ATF’s gun-tracking tactics, but called cross-border gun-trafficking “not acceptable”.
It’s “not acceptable” but apparently he did not put an end to it. If such an operation was “not acceptable” why did Holder not find out who authorized it and do so immediately?
None of these denials seem plausible. And here is the million dollar question:
Who can authorize sending more than 2,000 assault rifles to Mexico?
Americans deserve an answer to that question. We also deserve to know when Holder learned of this operation and what he did about it. We deserve to know if and when he told Obama and how Obama responded.
Since these assault rifles have been sent to Mexico, more than 30,000 people have lost their lives in the drug cartel violence. One cannot help but wonder how many have died from wounds inflicted by these weapons. Brian Terry was murdered with one of these weapons and Jaime Zapata also may have been killed with one. The blood of these victims is on the hands of Obama, Holder and Napolitano.
Meanwhile, Holder is occupied with such endeavors as dumbing down police forces and Napolitano is assuring us that the border is safer than ever. It sure is safe for sending assault rifles into Mexico.
This is both a disaster and a disgrace. We need to know what Obama knew and when he knew it.