Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Fast and Furious Story Without the Hype

Huffington Post contributor Adam Winkler described it clearly and simply.

Now that Republicans in Congress won important concessions from President Obama in the debt ceiling debate, the next partisan battle is likely to be over what promises to be the first major scandal of the Obama administration: the botched gun sting known as "Operation Fast and Furious." The administration should waste no time and come clean about what happened, who approved it, and how it can be avoided again.

Unfortunately, the early signs are that Obama is going to handle this controversy as poorly as he handled the debt ceiling debate.
Professor Winkler goes on to point out that the cover-up is probably worse than the crime. Sting operations are used by law enforcement all the time. Sometimes you have to allow smaller crimes to occur so that you can capture the people behind far bigger crimes.
The real problem is all the attempts to stonewall and shirk responsibility. The NRA, which has long demonized Holder for his support of gun control, will continue to put pressure until he goes down, if possible. Naturally they'd try to destroy Obama with this too.

Around here we've written about this a number of times, including a wonderfully brief synopsis that JadeGold submitted.
Now, this is not to say any operation that is ill-advised or poorly executed shouldn't be investigated and those responsible demoted or fired, if need be.  But once more, the gunloons, in their phony outrage, have overreached. 
"Phony outrage" is exactly what it is. On the Sipsey Street Irregulars it's daily fare. And Farago is next in line with the exaggerated coverage (propaganda).

So, what's it really all about?  I'll tell you. It's the NRA vs the ATF. It's that simple. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is reviled by the NRA and many gun onwers as the symbolic representation of gun-rights opposition. ATF agents literally appear as the jack-booted oppressors who stand at the van of all common-sense gun control movements. As such they are the enemy of the Constitution and deserving of opprobrium.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.


  1. Cowman, after a succinct discussion with MikeB, I will continue to assert my admin authority; you are more than welcome to comment.........just as soon as you provide that seabee class number.

    Until then, deleting your comments is as easy, even easier, than posting them.

    The request is simple, and contrary to your assertion, no one is going to stalk you with that code.

    I only speak for myself, although I know I'm not alone, in not being at all convinced of your claims of service. No, of course you don't have to prove them to anyone. Except to comment here, because you don't set the rules here.

    You made your service a foundational basis for asserting the truth of your claims. Therefore, it is fair because you opened this for debate, that you back it up. comments.

  2. What this is about government over reach. Obama and Holder's Justice department were trying to use Fast and Furious to implement stricter gun control measures. They did it against the advise of local agents who said it was not going to work and that there would be problems. Imagine that.

    Also, the Justice department was allowing one of the drug cartels to smuggle large amounts of Cocaine into the States untouched.

    All this stuff will come out in the investigation as soon as Holder stops putting roadblocks up in front of the Congressional Committee in charge of getting to the bottom of this mess.

    This couldn't have happened without the connivance of Holder, and most likely Obama himself.

    The Obama administration really stepped in it this time and it will be almost impossible for them to rub off. The stench will follow Obama around for the rest of his term.

  3. I think the author of the linked article agrees with you, Mike. The adminsitration should have already come clean with their knowledge and participation in this.

    I think it's hyped up bullshit. The ATF haters are feulling this and since they happen to be Obama haters too, their motivations are clear.

    The odd part is some folks seem to associate the misdoings of the ATF with the gun control movement. That's just wrong.