September 22, 2011

"Leaky" No More

Patrick "Leaky" Leahy

When the Iran-Contra scandal was just beginning to brew, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy strategically leaked an unclassified draft report on the Iran-Contra affair in order to ensure a press frenzy. He made the calculated assessment that leaking the report to damage the Reagan Presidency was worth his seat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Leahy has never (to my knowledge) made any comment on whether his goal was to simply cripple Reagan, or if he thought he had a real shot of seeing Reagan impeached. Either way, it was a calculated risk that paid off well for the Vermont Democrat.

We're hearing the words "Iran-Contra" again.

This time they are surfacing—along with Watergate—in comparison to the greatest political scandal of our age, a number of operations where agents acting on behalf of the executive branch "walked" thousands of weapons into the hands of drug cartels and domestic gangs. At the moment the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is focused like a laser on one federal operation based in Arizona that supplied 2,020 weapons to the Sinaloa cartel, but is aware of evidence of other operations in Florida, two operation in Texas, and another supplying domestic crimes in Indiana.

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa is doing the bulk of the heavy lifting regarding Gunwalker, with some help in the House and a handful of Republican Senators.

The Senate Judiciary Committee should be running a parallel investigation into some of the most serious allegations ever made against a sitting Administration, a series of crimes that has implicated in a body count of at least 200 dead and two dead federal agents. But guess who is in charge of the Senate Judiciary Committee?

Yes, our good friend and loyal American Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

Scandals are to be aired when they serve the needs of the party, and to be covered up, regardless of how many innocents die, if that serves the needs of the party.

As Mike Vanderboegh points out, Leahy isn't interested in justice. He's only interested in protecting the political investment he made in President Obama.

It's too bad he lacks the guts to tell that to the widows and children left behind.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 22, 2011 09:22 AM