By Mr. Curmudgeon:
President Obama may have invoked executive privilege to blunt Congressional efforts to learn the truth regarding his administration’s Operation Fast and Furious, which put weapons in the hands of Mexican drug cartels, but it didn’t stop authorities south of the border from apprehending a killer.
Jesus Leonel Sanchez is one of five men accused in the shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in the bleak Arizona desert on a cold December night in 2010. Two weapons recovered at the murder scene were later traced to the Justice Department’s deadly gunrunning operation.
Robert Heyer, Terry’s cousin and the chairman of the Brian Terry Foundation, said in a written statement, “To the extent closure can ever be realized this is an important part of the process. However, the key issue of government accountability remains. Why was the operation that killed Brian authorized and who will be held to account? These questions must be answered no matter how high we must look to get them.”
The 2012 presidential campaign has focused exclusively on the economy: Which party and candidate offer the best economic program to pull America out of its second Great Depression. Lost in the materialistic discussion is an examination of the moral content of those running for office. Operation Fast and Furious is a window into the mentality of those who use authority to direct events so as to expand their power.
It is clear from leaked Justice Department e-mails that Fast and Furious was intended to bolster President Obama’s claim that “more than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our shared border. So, we have responsibilities as well.” Those “responsibilities,” of course, included enacting stricter laws to curb the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.
The death and suffering inflicted on the victims and their families by Fast and Furious, on both sides of the border, are a verboten topic for the campaign of 2012. No political ad, that I’m aware of, has yet made the administration’s business dealings with Mexican narcotics traffickers a campaign issue – with only a few months remaining before November’s day of decision.
Democrats have no qualms when it comes to portraying Republicans as wanting to throw the elderly from their wheelchairs and over cliffs, or for insisting that GOP candidate Mitt Romney was responsible for the cancer death of a woman whose husband’s company was shut down by Bain Capital.
Republicans are a cynical lot for thinking that in the life of the nation, all that matters is money.
The darker question for voters to contemplate this election season is whether a candidate running for high office is responsible for ordering or is complicit in the cover-up of cold-blooded murder.