Monday, March 19, 2012
The Motive Behind Fast and Furious
Hat tip to PJ Media
Bob Owens, writing in PJ Media, provides what is, sadly, a very logical explanation behind the motive behind the ATF's Operation Fast and Furious
Owens is absolutely correct that allowing guns purchased by straw buyers in the US to cross over into Mexico without any attempt at interdiction, control or surveillance would never result in building a case against the leaders of the Mexican cartels, who likely would never touch said guns-just as they have no need to ever touch the drugs they are responsible for sending into the US. The only thing that could be obtained would be intelligence that these guns came from the US when they showed up at the scenes of shootings. Thus, the only explanation that makes sense is what was originally just a conspiracy theory-that the administration wanted to make a point that their statements about 90% of Mexico's guns having come from the US was correct, thus, making the case for tighter gun control here at home. As a result they used, abused, and subverted the ATF to their own political ends.
What other logical explanation exists?
ATF agents at the street level in Arizona were charged with conducting an operation that could not be described as an enforcement operation, rather an intelligence operation that went against everything they had been taught. Their mission in ATF was to get illegal guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals, just as a DEA agent's mission is to get drugs off the street and dealers into jail. While there is a legitimate need for intelligence, the agent's job ultimately is not to write history.
Aside from the blown seizures and arrests, the end result is some 300 deaths in Mexico and the killing of two US agents, Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata, both of whom worked under Janet Napolitano, who, to this day, has not even (according to her sworn testimony) spoken to Attorney General Eric Holder about it.