Operation Fast And Furious: More Than a Little Bit Curious

Some people wonder if Operation Fast and Furious was a “black ops” gun-control plot. Which sounds strange at first, but listen up for a second.

Here is the background as I understand it. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) explicitly arranged the purchase and smuggling of various big weapons, including AK-47s, by proxies for Mexican druglords. Which is obviously illegal, not to mention incredibly corupt and stupid, and an egregious betrayal of the public trust.

And, because the guns are going to drug gangs, obviously, this is quite likely to incite violence, both in Mexico and the U.S. Because that’s what drug gangs do with guns: they kill people. Just in case this wasn’t clear to ATF, though you’d think they would cover that on the first day of agent training.

So was this a sting operation? No, because according to Congressional testimony by ATF agents this week, the agents were ordered to stop tracing the weapons once they crossed the border into Mexico. Huh. And one of the supervisors of the operation was “delighted” about these marked guns showing up at crime scenes in Mexico. OK . . .

So other than inciting violence, what, exactly, would be the point of such an operation? Is this ATF’s new line of work, inciting violence? Why would an agency whose explicit mission is to capture weapons engage instead in trafficking them?

Hmmm. It just doesn’t make any sense.

UNLESS … unless you suppose that high level people in the Obama administration were looking to use the inevitable bad PR from an escalation in violence, caused by weapons bought in U.S. gun shops, to drive public opinion against guns. Clever. Too clever by half, perhaps, because now they are testifying in Congress about the operation.

Probably because Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in December and two of these weapons were recovered at the scene. Ooops. Was that part of the genius plan too? Imagine the “un-oh” moments in corner offices of ATF, and possibly the Oval Office and the Attorney General’s office, the day that happened.

And every single person who said “uh-oh” should be indicted. Because whatever the motivation, this entire operation was frigging stupid, it was illegal, and it endangered the lives of private citizens and law enforcement in both the U.S. and Mexico. Rather than upholding the U.S. Constitution, this is more like tearing it to shreds.

And the worst case scenario for the Obama administration is corruption and scandal at the highest levels that could bring down some of those high level officials. Now is when we find out who is willing to throw who under the bus. I’m sure the scramble has already begun, and heads are being served up on platters. And if Obama or Eric Holder knew anything about this, and somebody who knows that has a lot to lose by keeping quiet about it, well, that’s how Watergate went down. That’s how Nixon was forced to resign.

We shall see.

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