Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Quote of the day

From the Congressional report on the ATF's felony stupid gun-smuggling operation, Fast and Furious.

Page 38: [Dodson, speaking about ATF supervisors in Phoenix and their disregard for lives lost due to Fast & Furious]

“[T]here was a prevailing attitude amongst the group and outside of the group in the ATF chain of command… I was having a conversation with Special Agent [L] about the case in which the conversation ended with me asking her are you prepared to go to a border agent’s funeral over this… because that’s going to happen. And the sentiment that was given back to me by both her, the group supervisor, was that…if you are going to make an omelette [sic], you need to scramble some eggs.”

OK. We got the scrambled eggs part. Got it. No worries, there. Letting guns walk across the border and into the hands of Mexican drug cartels definetely qualifies as some egg-scrambling and even egg-breaking stuff. But what about the omlette? Where was the omlette? Or more precisely, in what shape or form was the omlette to be? Because as far as we can tell, the only omlettes that were made came in the form of two dead U.S. federal agents and lord-knows-how-many dead Mexican officers and civilians.

But maybe the ATF had different omlettes in mind.

ATF agents testifying in front of the House Oversight Committee could not explain how the operation was supposed to succeed when their surveillance efforts stopped at the border and interdiction was never an option.
Wait, what?

ATF Agent John Dodson, testifying in front of the committee, said that in his entire law enforcement career, he had “never been involved in or even heard of an operation in which law enforcement officers let guns walk.” He continued: “I cannot begin to think of how the risk of letting guns fall into the hands of known criminals could possibly advance any legitimate law enforcement interest.”

The obvious answer is that Gunwalker’s objective was never intended to be a “legitimate law enforcement interest.” Instead, it appears that ATF Acting Director Ken Melson and Department of Justice senior executives specifically created an operation that was designed from the outset to arm Mexican narco-terrorists and increase violence substantially along both sides of the Southwest border.

Remember a year or two ago, all the bitching and whining we heard from the legacy media and the political class about the unfettered flow of weapons back across the border into Mexico? We sure do.

At the same time in 2009 that federal law enforcement agencies (the ATF, the DOJ, and presumably Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security) were creating the operation that led to the executive branch being the largest gun smuggler in the Southwest, the president’s team was crafting the rhetoric to sell the crisis they were creating.

On television, in various news outlets, and even in a joint appearance with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama pushed the 90 percent lie, implying that 90% of the guns recovered in Mexican cartel violence came from U.S. gun shops

This is unbelievable but believe we must as the Justice Department, despite claiming they will conduct their own investigation, is showing zero signs of cooperating with the House committee investigation.

Omelette: a crudely cynical and deadly politically-motivated ploy to foster an anti-gun narrative.

How's that tasting?


SarahB said...

I love Barry trying to pretend he has never head of this either. Should super fun campaign comercials for any candidate with balls to run with it.

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