Isn't it amazing how Washington officials, when confronted with screw-ups, use the term, "Mistakes were made", a deliberate use of the passive voice to avoid stating who made the mistakes. Janet Napolitano made use of that tactic again today at the National Press Club when asked an inconvenient question of how Washington can continue to work with Mexico .
Here is how I would have answered that question as director of the Department of Homeland Security, had I seen two of my agents killed by weapons purchased and allowed to cross into Mexico as part of ATF's (DOJ) Operation Fast and Furious:
"Great question. How can we work with Mexico when our Justice Department screwed up with this Fast and Furious operation that has resulted in the deaths of two of my agents and 2-300 Mexican citizens? I am still waiting for an explanation from Eric Holder, the DOJ and the White House as to how this came about.
Mistakes were made? I'll tell you who made "the mistakes". It was Eric Holder and his political hires inside the Justice Department, that's who. And I am still waiting to know the extent of involvement of the White House in this fiasco."
Instead, this empty suit of a hack says simply, "Mistakes were made." Is that what she told the families of Jaime Zapata and Brian Terry?