July 07, 2011

No Hiding Now

Someone tell me: do they have nice golf facilities at Leavenworth?

"It is one thing to argue that the ends justify the means in an attempt to defend a policy that puts building a big case ahead of stopping known criminals from getting guns. Yet it is a much more serious matter to conceal from Congress the possible involvement of other agencies in identifying and maybe even working with the same criminals that Operation Fast and Furious was trying to identify."

That's the key to this mess -- and the reason that Operation Fast and Furious might turn out to be the biggest Washington scandal since Iran-Contra.

As Issa and Grassley note in their letter, had the other agencies shared information -- theoretically the goal of the post-9/11 revamp of the intelligence and law-enforcement agencies -- "then ATF might have known that gun trafficking 'higher-ups' had already been identified."

So if the identities of the Mexican criminals were known to the feds, what was the point of Project Gunrunner -- and why is Holder so desperately trying to stonewall by withholding hundreds of documents from Congress?

Law-abiding gun owners and dealers think they already know. With the Obama administration wedded to the fiction that 90 percent of the guns Mexican cartels use originate here -- they don't -- many suspect that "Fast and Furious" was a backdoor attempt to smear domestic gun aficionados as part of its stealth efforts on gun control by executive fiat.

"I just want you to know that we're working on it," Obama was quoted as saying to gun-control advocate Sarah Brady in March. "We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar."

Unfortunately for the administration, this one's out in the open now.

If it is confirmed that the worst suspicions are true—that the Obama Administration supplied weapons to narco-terrorists, in order to undermine U.S gun laws—there will not be a stonewall big enough for them to hide behind, and both impeachment and jail time must not be just possible, but probable for those involved. They are, after all, accessories before the fact who aided and abetted the murders of two U.S. federal agents, and an estimated 150 law enforcement officers and soldiers, and an unknown number of civilians, in Mexico.

If evidence can prove that domestic policy was the ultimate goal of Gunwalker, impeachment should be the least of the Administration's worries, and the Republican-led House of Representatives needs issue legislation making the extradition of government officials involved in international crimes easier, so that those responsible for this debacle may face justice for the crimes they committed.

Passing such a law would have an immediate and chilling effect on any following administration, be it Republican or Democrat, that felt that committing crimes in allied countries was the proper way to sway domestic opinion.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 7, 2011 09:25 AM

This scandal should be the lead story across the country. We should be demanding hearings, we should be demanding an investigation and we should be demanding articles of impeachment.

Posted by: Lightwave at July 7, 2011 10:39 AM

Talk of impeachment reveals an ignorance of the process. Articles of impeachment must be filed by the congress and hearings are conducted by the senate presided over by the the supreme court chief justice. The senate as a jury votes on guilt or innocence. We went through this with Clinton and it was a waste of time because the senate is a bunch old worthless political hacks. The republicans had a theoretical majority then (counting republicans in name only), today the liberals have a majority in the senate and even though this administration is guilty of accessory to murder they would never convict. It would be an OJ, Casy Anthony, and Clinton type farce and the public rape of the blindfolded lady with scales of justice in her hand.

Posted by: dunce at July 7, 2011 11:04 AM

This is a lose-lose case for the administration, their own base is screaming-mad about anything that involves any guns being sold to anybody, and the Republicans are more than a bit tiffed that the US Government was selling guns to narco-terrorists on our own borders.

Their only chance is to pin it on Bush somehow. Perhaps Holder can be found with an old Bush/Cheany bumper sticker, or some holdout from the Bush administration can be framed.

Posted by: Georg Felis at July 7, 2011 12:21 PM

I don't think we've seen the bottom of this particular barrel yet... I'm also waiting to see what bodies the administration throws over the wall to satisfy the slavering public...

Posted by: Old NFO at July 7, 2011 05:19 PM

Iowahawk had a great twitter question for Obama, that somehow, never got through to the President. He asked "if i let my mexican drug lord license expire, do I still qualify for the free machine gun program?"

Posted by: Roger Fortier at July 7, 2011 10:49 PM

do they have nice golf facilities at Leavenworth?

I'm sure the Post does. If they are good, minimum security prisoners may even get to cut the grass on it. Unless, of course, that job is reserved for guests at the Disciplinary Barracks.

Posted by: pko Strany at July 9, 2011 05:36 PM