Whispers of A Dark Ulterior Motive In Operation Fast and Furious Getting Louder

The very idea that any  administration in this country, even the Obama administration could be this reckless – this corrupt- this cold blooded in its drive to further an unpopular agenda is almost unthinkable.  I finally dared hint last week that something dark and nefarious must be behind this insane, irrational operation – nobody can be this incompetent: Video: Issa’s Opening Statement at Today’s Operation Fast and Furious Hearing + More

This whole debacle begs the question: How could top officials at the DOJ have been this criminally,  insanely, impossibly incompetent?

In the past, the Obama Administration and the Department of Homeland Security had implied that the violence in Mexico was the fault of the Second Amendment — law abiding gun shop owners who sold to cartel members.

This whole thing stinks to high heaven and heads should roll.
The higher up – the better.

It is increasingly looking like the Obama administration decided that  in  pursuit of its omelet – anti-gun legislation,  it would have to “break a few eggs”, like border patrol agent, Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata .

Thank God for whistleblowers like ATF agent John Dodson because had he not blown the whistle on this travesty,  the American people, would never have learned of it. Heads are  beginning to roll, as Andy from AoSHQ reports:

There’s a report in the weekend Wall Street Journal suggesting that ATF head Kenneth Melson is about to take the fall for Operation Fast and Furious a/k/a Gunwalker.

The Justice Department is expected to oust the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to people familiar with the matter, amid a troubled federal antitrafficking operation that has grown into the agency’s biggest scandal in nearly two decades.Moves toward the replacement of Kenneth Melson, acting ATF director since April 2009, could begin next week, although the precise sequence of events remains to be decided, these people said.

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Instapundit is deeply suspicious of the motivations behind what some are calling a scandal “worse than Iran-Contra.”

Bonus quote: “Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals, this was the plan. It was so mandated.” –Special Agent John Dodson ATF Phoenix Field Division. I retain my suspicions about the connection between a secret ATF operation that allowed thousands of weapons to go from U.S. gunshops to Mexican crime scenes, and a public gun-control campaign by the Obama Administration that stressed the need to limit gun sales in the United States because weapons from U.S. gun shops were turning up at Mexican crime scenes. Call me cynical, but this is an awfully convenient juxtaposition.

Andy at AoSHQ created a helpful timeline of relevant events throughout this scandal:

  • January 20, 2009: A hard-core, idealogical leftist becomes President. Gun control is right up there with high taxes and abortion-on-demand as a sacrament of the left, but the prospects for enacting gun control legislation look bleak due to a shift in public mood and the 2008 Heller decision along with a pesky lack of carnage from widespread adoption of shall-issue concealed carry laws and the 2004 expiration of the assault weapons ban.
  • March 26, 2009: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claims on a flight to Mexico City that 90% of the firearms used by drug cartels in Mexico come from the U.S. After layers of rigorous fact-checking, the MBM repeated the claim. For example, USA Today:

    On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visit Mexico to discuss ways to stop the smuggling of American weapons, which Mexico says account for 90% of confiscated arms here. The meeting is part of an urgent American effort to aid Mexico as it fights a bloody war against drug cartels.

  • April 2009: The 90% claim is almost immediately debunked
  • Fall 2009: Operation Fast and Furious begins.
  • November 2010: The body of kidnapped Mexican attorney Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez is discovered in a shallow grave. It is now reported that he was killed with guns allowed to be smuggled under Operation Fast and Furious.
  • December 14, 2010: Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry is shot with an AK-47 allowed to be smuggled to Mexico under this operation. He died the following day.

The ATF Head’s ouster should only be the beginning.  Issa says “Holder absolutely knew” about this operation earlier than he testified:

Hat tip: Retired Geezer

Previously:

Video: Issa’s Opening Statement at Today’s Operation Fast and Furious Hearing + More

Video: Eric Holder Faces Contempt Charges For Obstructing Justice In Operation Fast and Furious Probe

Issa Promises a “Slew of Subpeonas” on Operation Fast and Furious

Holder On The Hot-Seat For Project Gunrunner

Video: Issa Subpoenas ATF to Break Through Its Stonewalling on Project Gunrunner

“Operation Fast and Furious” Needs To Be A Bigger Story

Cross-posted at The Minority Report.

Linked by Michelle Malkin, and Doug Ross, thanks!

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14 Responses to “Whispers of A Dark Ulterior Motive In Operation Fast and Furious Getting Louder”

  1. wdednh Says:

    Great info, I’m not that sold on Issa and his real motives, he is one of the regular Hamas supporters!

  2. Whispers of A Dark Ulterior Motive In Operation Fast and Furious Getting Louder (via Nice Deb) | YOU DECIDE Says:

    [...] The very idea that any  administration in this country, even the Obama administration could be this reckless – this corrupt- this cold blooded in its drive to further an unpopular agenda is almost unthinkable.  I finally dared hint last week that something dark and nefarious must be behind this insane, irrational operation – nobody can be this incompetent: Video: Issa’s Opening Statement at Today’s Operation Fast and Furious Hearing + More This w … Read More [...]

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I’m not a bit surprised we’re not hearing way more about this.
    It’s ridiculous.
    And I hope you are right and it continues getting louder and louder.

  4. maisy Says:

    I don’t doubt it-Holders’ attack on Arizona is an attack on us all…not to mention letting the panthers off the hook. This country is in the hands of an enemy!

  5. Carlos Says:

    As I noted elsewhere, I’m with you, wdednh, in that Issa’s political motives are terribly suspect and it would be an almost about-face for him to be pure as the driven snow in this. Just what the real motivation is, I don’t know, but with Issa involved I know for sure it’s not because he is looking into the safety of our citizens.

    Maybe he got stiffed by someone and this is his payback? Who knows besides him?

  6. bob jones Says:

    This was obviously an intentional act and Obama and Holder cannot get away with it by playing dumb, many people have died because of this and many more have been put in danger unneccesarily. No one in their right mind [and I understand this does exclude virtually everyone in this administration] can rationally defend this action, it is indefensible and just shows their utter contempt of the law and the contempt they have for all Americans and the poor Mexican people who are being butchered daily while we offer nothing. This act was obviously not meant to see the light of day [thanks to alert border agents it was exposed] and seems to be a nefarious act to be used to blame the excess of guns on America and to further attack our second amendment rights and restrict gun ownership. What they are trying to get away with now is dumping the entire blame on the head of the ATF and hoping the whole issue just goes away, but the buck stops at the top and these people are responible for many murders including that of a federal agent, shame on these cowards.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    There may be an additional motive…Discouraging retirees and vacationers from considering Mexico as a possible new home or destination. The constant drumbeat of violence in “Mexico” using words like “warzone” have done great damage to our nieghbor. There is no context given. The facts that one of the primary reasons for increased drug violence is that the government has seriously stepped up its war on the Cartels or that most of the death toll are rival drug dealers or that the violence is occuring mostly in border areas conveniently escapes the news coverage. Imagine if the news reports from Detroit or Chicago were reported as “in the United States”, most of Mexico is uneffected by “Cartel” type violence yet the media would have you believe it is the norm throughout Mexico.

    Keeping the “war” going, even if you have to resupply the Cartels is a great way to discourage retirees and vacationers from spending their money with our southern nieghbor.

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  9. carter Says:

    Create chaos and implement policy…. this is Jug Ears MO. Look at Israel, the only other Democracy in the world and she is being fed to the wolves so Hussein can control the outcome. Impeach, Imprison and roll back legislated oppression.

  10. thirdwavedave Says:

    Don’t be surprised by any of this. You’re dealing with Marxists.

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  12. B.f. Caffrey Says:

    Nice Deb should enjoy taking a look at the “Project Gunrunner” scandal timeline we created so folks could follow the lies.
    See:
    http://www.handgunclub.com/hca/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Project-Gunrunner-timelines.pdf
    I can hardly sit with a straight face and watch Holder, Weich and other administration officials claim they don’t know who authorized Fast & Furious. Are you kidding? After six months? The Navy Seals, shot, killed, positively identified and buried Osama bin Laden within 24 hours… And these twits can’t even figure out who gave orders inside the DOJ?

  13. Carlos Says:

    It’s obvious, B.f. It’s because with bin Laden they were “in the loop” (except when they weren’t), and here they don’t want to be even in the same state as “the loop”.

    They’re all a bunch of skag politicos with absolutely no interest in preserving the Union.

  14. Wally1 Says:

    Coming from the anti-american current Obama administration this should come as no surprise. There is a quickly developing theory that the long term plan for operation Fast and Furious / Gunwalker was to allow weapons to get into the hands of Mexican cartels with the intention to then trace them back to U.S. gun dealers so that more restrictive gun control regulations can be implimented. If this theory turns out to be valid, could this conduct rise to the level of “Treason”. The “Rule of Law” means nothing to this administration. Obvious by their refusal to do their job, enforcing immigration LAW or adhering to their oath of office. The stall tactics are now implemented concerning the congressional investigation, meanwhile the paper shredders in use at the DOJ are probably on overtime. It pains me to see this total lack of responsibility, accountability and ethics from the BATFE, and Department of Justice.


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