World Affairs Brief, October 7, 2011
Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.
Source: Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief
The latest revelation about operation Fast and Furious is that it didn’t start with the Obama ATF. It has been going on since the Bush administration, and probably even before. The Mexican Sinaloa cartel is really part of the CIA drug pipeline and that is why the US has been funneling weapons into their hands under the guise of a sting operation. There is so much competition for drugs in Mexico that the CIA connected cartel is fighting for its life, and a constant flow of US weapons is part of the CIA support of this evil partner. It’s no sting operation when you transfer over 2,000 weapons and make [no] attempts to arrest anyone.
The cover-up about who knew about this and how long it has been going on continues to blossom, but don’t expect anyone to take a fall from this. The so called shakeup in the ATF didn’t involve firing anyone, only transferring high level assistants to supervisory positions in the Washington DC metro area. No one expects Attorney General Holder to be dismissed, even as he lies about how much he knew and when. In the past six months, no one was calling him on it, but now a few Republicans are calling for his resignation. Fast and Furious’ documents secured by Congressional investigators reveal that AG Holder was given multiple detailed accounts of the gun program, and that he perjured himself in Congressional testimony under oath.
As the Boston Herald editorialized, “Holder told the Judiciary Committee May 3, ‘I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.’ But in a newly discovered July 2010 memo Michael Walther, director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, told Holder that straw buyers in the Fast and Furious operation ‘are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to the Mexican drug trafficking cartels.’
“Congressional investigators believe Holder began receiving weekly briefings on the program from that day on. The program didn’t become a matter of public knowledge until a Border Patrol agent was killed and two of the U.S.-supplied guns were found at the scene. A spokesperson for the Justice Department now insists that Holder simply misunderstood the committee’s question, which seems lame in the extreme.” Indeed.
Apparently the White House is really afraid this story could burn the entire administration. Mark Hemingway wrote yesterday that, “CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson told radio show host Laura Ingraham that the White House yelled and swore at her over her reporting on the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal tied to the deaths of two U.S. law enforcement agents. Attkisson also revealed that she’d also been yelled at by the Justice Department.” Hemingway doesn’t back down when he smells a good story so he dug for more details from contacts at CBS but was stonewalled at every turn. They wouldn’t let him talk to Atkinson under any circumstances in an obvious attempt to bury the story. So much for objective journalism!
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