Between the IRS, Benghazi, and the Justice Department’s seizure of the AP’s phone records and monitoring a journalist’s emails as a possible “co-conspirator” in the new crime of journalism, one thing I have found lacking. What happened to Fast and Furious? I still find it hard to believe we have really learned the truth about what happened. I don’t mean just the question of who knew and when (though that is certainly an answer we need) but also the intent of the operation. We are still being told that this operation of “walking” guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels was “botched.” It was allegedly botched because no attempt was made to track the guns once they got into criminal enemy hands.
But why say the operation was “botched” when there is no evidence of any failed attempt to track the weapons? Why not conclude that the operation was inaccurately described in order to give cover to an operation whose main purpose was to actually provide arms to a Mexican Drug Cartel? Pretending the plan included tracking the gun allowed a group of decision-makers to work with a larger group of useful idiots in government.
If that seems too criminal to be believed, then there was also the secondary rationale. We were all reminded of it when Obama went to Mexico in the beginning of May and blamed the violence in Mexico, in part, on “the fact that guns are smuggled into Mexico from the United States.” Even when it has been exposed that the weapons were sent to Mexico by US government policy, Obama will still shamelessly frame the Second Amendment for the crime. That gives us a peek of the agenda that was planned if “Fast and Furious” had never been uncovered.
These possibilities have not yet been addressed by the mainstream press and are never going to be if the story completely dies. Thankfully, it is not quite dead yet. It just got new life when the Inspector General exposed how a former Arizona federal prosecutor improperly released a internal Justice Department memo to a reporter. According to the New American,
“The leaked memorandum was apparently aimed at discrediting Special Agent John Dodson and contradicting his explosive testimony before Congress, which blew the lid off of a federal program that put thousands of high-powered weapons into the hands of deadly criminals in Mexico.”
You will notice that there is no evidence that the Department of Justice was upset about the release of this internal memo to a Fox News reporter. They didn’t monitor his emails or seize his phone records in order to make sure they knew where this leak came from. So this is another lesson on how the government is not opposed to illegal leaks of documents as long as the regime in power gets complete control over what gets leaked and what doesn’t. Anyone who claims that the government is trying to just “follow the law” or is impartially “cracking down” on leaks is living in a fantasy land.
This news story isn’t the truth I hope will eventually be exposed, but if conservatives can keep it in the internet and social media long enough, maybe eventually we will see it all come out.
That’s my hope. I seriously suspect that Fast and Furious should be the biggest scandal of them all.