I think most people have seen this first video from 3-24-2009, by now. Many people have mistakenly viewed it as a smoking gun because Deputy Attorney General David Ogden declared that Project Gun Runner was launched under the orders of Obama with the knowledge of Holder.
But Project Gun Runner was an above board gun-running investigation that began years ago under Bush. What makes this video compelling is Ogden’s announcement that the Obama Administration was launching a new and aggressive ‘comprehensive plan’, purportedly aimed at curtailing gun trafficking between the United States and Mexico, while at the same time they were blaming American gun sales for violence in Mexico’s drug wars (fabricating the 90% statistic). What we’ve seen as a result of their efforts is thousands of high powered weapons delivered safely into the hands of Mexican drug cartels which have killed at least 150 Mexican soldiers, federal agents, and civilians, as well as 2 American border patrol agents. Basically, the United States has been supplying Mexican drug cartels (and God Knows who else) with thousands of weapons to kill innocent people with.
Some of the more corrupt Democrats in Congress are trying to stay on task, even as the plot unravels before them:
Representatives Maloney, Cummings, and Carolyn McCarthy seem to be far less interested in holding those responsible for Gunwalker to account than they are in persecuting gun owners and hobbling the investigations into the scandal being played out in the House and Senate.
We saw this disreputable behavior from Cummings when he held a minority forumseveral weeks ago that was focused on blame-shifting instead of accountability, and in the 26-page political report that minimized the magnitude of the crimes perpetrated under the guise of law enforcement while building the case for gun control
Anti-gun Democrats are pushing laws that would only affect the law-abiding, while attempting to direct attention away from what appears to be a widespread criminal conspiracy by executive branch agencies to arm narco-terrorists and then use the violence caused by those weapons to influence U.S. gun laws.
Sipsey Street Irregulars wrote on March 23 of this year:
This is stunning–President Obama one-on-one with a Mexican journalist, and no handlers? President Obama considers a Mexican journalist more important to talk with about Gunwalker than the American people, the American
press/media, and the Congress?
If I’d not see this, I would not have believed it. This is proof of some combination of ineptitude (getting caught); not having a Plan B to handle something going awry (unskilled implementers); hubris (thinking that a bunch of pointy-headed intellectual knuckleheads could pull off a strategy so blatantly stupid); and what I’d call a Black Swan (from Nassim Taleb’s book of that name, “the highly expected not happening”, footnote on page xviii, meaning that President Obama and his retinue expected ATF Special Agents to carry the water, and they didn’t.) Instead, they disavowed the activity. Quite profound, in my view.
Obama’s interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos was not put on YouTube until April 8, a delay that perhaps explains its only 367 views:
Note, that Obama, almost as if frozen in time between March 2009 and March 2011, once again calls for a “comprehensive approach” to interdicting guns. It’s amazing how Obama’s “comprehensive approaches” to things always seem to end up in disaster, whether it’s the stimulus, ObamaCare, bailouts – what have you – I for one do not want to see anymore comprehensive plans from this man.
On March 30, TL Davis at The American Thinker called the above interview: Barack Obama’s ‘I am not a Crook’ Moment.
Earlier this week Barack Obama sat down with Univision’s star anchor Jorge Ramos and was asked the direct question: “The Mexican Government complains that they were not informed about the ‘Fast and Furious’ operation (Gunwalker). Did you authorize this operation and was President Calderon properly informed about it?”
President Obama responded quickly and firmly stating that neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder authorized the operation. This was Barack Obama’s equivalent to “I’m not a crook” statement. The question is not whether the President authorized it; it is when he knew about it. Did the President of the United States know about Project Gunwalker when he slapped the back of President Calderon and told him that they were working to stop the flow of guns, when in fact the operation was engaged in just the opposite?
In the Univision interview Obama revealed more than he would have liked. At one moment he tried to claim that the American government has “too many moving parts” for him to keep up with things like Project Gunwalker. It was a thinly veiled attempt to divert the conversation, but it left Obama looking as if the injuries and deaths of at least 150 Mexican nationals didn’t rate his attention. However, that fact is getting a lot of attention in Mexico where the PGR, or the Mexican Attorney General’s office is seeking information on U.S. agents who might have committed crimes by facilitating the movement of arms into Mexico.
Alberto Morales of El Universal, a Mexican national newspaper closely following the developing scandal, has subsequently written an article based on the CBS report by Sharyl Attkisson that featured Darren Gil, former ATF attaché to Mexico. In the interview Gil revealed that he had on numerous occasions requested permission to inform the Mexican government about “Fast and Furious.” This would seem to be in direct conflict with the impression left by President Obama only hours before that high-level officials had no knowledge of the operation.In the interview, Darren Gil revealed that when he asked his supervisor about Fast and Furious he was told that “not only is the director (of the ATF) aware of it, but the Department of Justice is aware of it.” Sharyl Attkisson asks: “They didn’t want you to inform your Mexican counterparts?” Gil: “That’s correct.”
A Pajamas Media source within the DOJ concurs that the DOJ OIG Schnedar is not trusted internally to run impartial investigations, and that DOJ employees now avoid going to OIG with concerns.
Aside from Schnedar’s credibility gap, the source further noted the Obama administration’s history of intimidating inspectors general, citing the firing and smearing of Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Gerald Walpin, who was investigating the AmeriCorps scandal, which had in its sights Obama’s friend Kevin Johnson.
Put simply, the DOJ-OIG’s impartiality and competence have been challenged, which has in no way been helped by the Obama administration’s thuggish intimidation of previous OIGs that have gotten too close to Obama’s allies.
The DOJ-OIG’s report won’t be worth the “black paper” the agency submitted in attempts to stonewall the Oversight Committee’s investigation in June.
The severity of the charges demands that a compromised DOJ-OIG be removed from the case, and that an independent prosecutor be appointed to determine who in the Obama administration authorized a gun-running operation that is responsible for graveyards filled with police dead.
Calls for a Special Prosecutor for the gunwalker scandal are growing.…What are Issa and Grassley waiting for?
As Mark Steyn describes it: “United States taxpayers were picking up the tab for Mexican drug lords’ weaponry in order that the ATF could identify high-up gun-traffickers. But, as it turns out, these high-up gun-traffickers were already known to other agencies — FBI, DEA, and other big-spending acronyms in the great fetid ooze of federal alphabet soup in which this republic is drowning. And, indeed, some of those high-ups are said to have been paid informants for those various federal agencies. So, in case you’re wondering why Obama’s second annual Recovery Summer is a wee bit sluggish at your end, relax: Stimulus dollars went to fund one federal agency to buy guns for the paid informants of another federal agency to funnel to foreign criminals in order that the first federal agency might identify the paid informants of the second federal agency.”
The Los Angeles Times reports today that at least six gun smugglers working for the Mexican drug cartels were also paid FBI informants: