By Mr. Curmudgeon:
Last Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder delivered an address to more than 270 attendees at the U.S. Conference of Mayors assembled in the nation’s capital.
“Throughout our history,” said Holder, “the overwhelming majority of American gun owners have been responsible, law-abiding citizens. Yet, we have repeatedly seen, in the most tragic way, how easy it can be for dangerous people to acquire and to wreak havoc with deadly weapons. Although there is no single solution that can bring a decisive end to this senseless violence, it’s incumbent upon each of us to try. And it’s time to consider what common steps we can take, together, to save lives. This means doing everything that we can to secure the tools and the resources that we need to keep guns out of the hands of those who are not, and should not be allowed, to possess them.”
However, starting in early 2009 the Obama administration used the out-of-control “tools” and “resources” of the bureaucratic state – once known as the United States of America – to specifically allow the Justice Department to PUT GUNS IN “the hands of those who are not, and should not be allowed, to possess them.”
That Holder’s remarks are hypocritical, in light of the death and carnage unleashed by Operation Fast and Furious, is an understatement to say the least.
So, you ask, where did Holder get the tools and resources enabling him to funnel arms to Mexico’s deadly drug cartels?
“It will take time,” said President-Elect Barack Obama 13 days before his first inaugural, “… We can restore opportunity and prosperity. We should never forget that our workers are still more productive than any on Earth.”
Obama was speaking of the nation’s financial meltdown – then in full swing – and asked the Democratically-controlled Congress to draft a massive spending measure to “stimulate” the failing U.S. economy. The restoration of “opportunity and prosperity” took the form of the $787 billion stimulus bill.
In a 2010 report issued by the Executive Office of the President of the United States, Office of National Drug Policy, the White House admitted that buried within the pork-laden stimulus legislation was “$196 million for the Department of Justice to surge federal law enforcement officers in the Southwest border region” and that the “ATF received $10 million for Project Gunrunner, to include hiring 25 new special agents, 6 industry operations investigators, 3 intelligence research specialists, and 3 investigative analysts. This funding has been annualized and is being requested as part of the President‘s FY 2011 budget request.”
It’s certainly understandable why something as large as the stimulus bill was, like Obama’s monstrous health care law, much too complicated for small-brained congressional trolls to pass fully and properly read. However, the president and Eric Holder most certainly knew of the devil lurking in the details.
That devil reared its head on the evening of December 14, 2010, when U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and three of his fellow agents encountered five suspicious individuals in Peck Canyon, near Rio Rico, Arizona. Two of the suspects were armed, firing on Terry and his fellow agents. Wounded, Terry later died at the scene.
When ATF whistle-blowers informed Congress and alternative media that one of the weapons recovered at Peck Canyon was sold to an illegal straw purchaser by the ATF, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich dashed off a letter to Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying accusations “that ATF ‘sanctioned’ or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser who then transported them into Mexico – is false.”
Eric Holder later compounded that lie when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that it was “unfair to assume that mistakes from Fast and Furious directly led to the death of Agent Terry.”
Kent Terry, father of the slain agent, was in the Senate chamber when Holder perjured himself with that hateful lie. “I think they are liars,” the elder Terry said, “What would I say to Eric Holder? They would not be nice words.” He added, “Nobody wants to outlive their son. It’s just hard. I can’t sleep, just thinking about him – I love him very much.”
Ronald Weich’s lie eventually led to his resignation from Justice; Holder’s, to a contempt of Congress citation. To keep the truth at bay and Holder in the driver seat at Justice, President Obama invoked Executive Privilege to prevent internal White House and Justice Department e-mails from making their way to Congress – and the public.
The Lessons of Fast and Furious
While many Republicans derided the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as a laughable boondoggle, which included an appropriation for university researchers to continue feeding cocaine to laboratory monkey’s, many Republicans were more than happy to bring stimulus bacon back to their districts.
According to a count made by Think Progress, 114 House Republicans did just that. Having received $57 million in Obama bucks, a statement released by then House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) announced his great pleasure “that federal officials stepped in to order Ohio to use all of its construction dollars for shovel-ready projects that will create much-needed jobs.”
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), later the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential candidate, wrote Obama’s Transportation Department to request a stimulus grant “to place 1,000 workers in green jobs” in his district.
Money, as they say, talks. And Washington is the world’s largest cash-consuming and dispensing machine. Like the magician who uses misdirection to hide what he is doing, the immensity of congressional legislation masks what is hidden deep inside.
Fast and Furious was a proud ATF program fed by stimulus funds intended for “shovel-ready” projects. While bridge and road construction schemes never materialized, Fast and Furious hit the ground … well … gunrunning. Federal agencies constructed an efficient, underground highway to funnel weapons to drug gangs so vicious they would make the most hardened Al Qaeda terrorist grimace.
If not for the death of Border Agent Brian Terry, Fast and Furious might have gone unnoticed for many years. That’s because until Terry’s death, the Justice Department’s gunrunning scheme was killing innocent, faceless Mexican citizens. I challenge you to name one story by an American news organization of any significance that has interviewed a Mexican family victimized by Fast and Furious.
No one knows better that money is the mother’s milk of politics than America’s number-one, “spread-the-wealth-around” community organizer. And buried deep within the thousands of pages of Obama-inspired, wealth-spreading legislation was a provision that allowed Eric Holder to prove “how easy it can be for dangerous people to acquire and to wreak havoc with deadly weapons.”
The lesson of Fast and Furious is that big, unrestrained government is a playground for “dangerous people.”