“Furious” excuse-making

Posted by on Nov 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm

By now it’s clear that the Obama administration’s “solution” to the long-simmering Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal is as easy as one, two, three. One, scapegoating. Two, stonewalling. Three, blaming Bush.

F&F, of course, was a crackpot scheme hatched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive by which thousands of firearms were allowed to “walk” across the US-Mexican border and into the hands of the deadly Mexican drug cartels, with the weapons’ purchase and transfer aided by ATF agents under the supervision of the Justice Department. All ostensibly to help trace the putative US sources of cartel armaments.

 In its wake, the now-axed program has left hundreds of Mexicans and at least two American agents dead. It’s also destroyed the reputations of the main players in its chain of command, including former ATF head Ken Melson, former US attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke and Attorney General Eric Holder — whose evasive and unconvincing testimony before Congress has led no fewer than 38 members to call for his resignation.

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