ATF Death Watch 148: Fast and Furious Explained. And the Rest

The ATF and the Obama administration made—still make—a lot of noise about U.S. gun store guns going to Mexico to arm the drug cartels. It’s one of those “even if it’s true it’s not important” deals. The vast majority of firearms in cartel hands were/are supplied by Uncle Sam via legal sales to the Mexican military and police forces. The official term for the process: “seepage.” We know that over 150k Mexican troops have joined the cartels in the last five years. So there go those guns. We also know that the Calderon administration is in bed with the Sinaloa cartel at the highest levels, opening the door to a relatively straightforward arms transfer. Check this from . . .

Mexican soldiers on Tuesday detained retired general Tomas Angeles Dauahare and general Roberto Dawe Gonzalez and turned them over to the country’s organized crime unit, military and government officials said.

Angeles Dauahare was No. 2 in the armed forces under President Felipe Calderon and helped lead the government’s crackdown on drug cartels after soldiers were deployed to the streets in late 2006. He retired in 2008.

Dawe Gonzalez, still an active duty general, led an elite army unit in the western state of Colima and local media said he previously held posts in the violent states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua.

This link between the Mexican military/government and the Sinaloa cartel is critical to understanding both the official source of the Mexican cartels’ firepower and the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious, which supplied over 2000 firearms to low-level members of the Sinaloas.

The Obama administration’s federal gun running operation was part and parcel of a wider policy of containment and cooperation: supporting the Sinaloa cartel – Mexican government partnership against their rivals Los Zetas.

This article illustrates the nexus between Mexico’s horrific violence (e.g., this week’s massacre of 49 people in Nuevo Leon), the country’s savage inter-cartel warfare, the spread of endemic corruption, the attendant media black-out (including the torture and murder of reporters), heinous political hypocrisy and (not expressed but inherent) the steady flow of guns to the bad guys.

The massacres are related to the war being waged by the Sinaloa and Los Zetas cartels, Mexico’s “most important” criminal organizations, Jorge Chabat, an expert on organized crime groups, told Efe.

“The cartels are expanding and they are running into each other, and they are settling control of territory the only way they know how, with this violence,” Chabat said.

To a great extent, Los Zetas “are the ones who have caused this spiral of violence in recent years,” Chabat said.

The Zetas are dedicated to “kidnapping, extortion, people trafficking, collecting protection money (and) murdering people,” while the Sinaloa cartel “is more traditional. They kill their rivals, but there is no evidence that they are involved in other types of crimes,” the expert said.

There is no “direct link between the electoral process” and the surge in violence, Chabat said, adding that President Felipe Calderon’s strategy of taking on the cartels by deploying soldiers in the streets “has functioned badly, but there was no other option.”

And into this cluster-you-know-what steams the pro-illegal immigration Obama administration. Is it any wonder U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to provide documents subpoenaed by Congress relating to U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder at the hands of ATF-enabled Sinaloas?

Someone should tell Senator Grassley and Representative Issa that it would be easy enough to establish the truth about the source of Mexican drug cartels’ weaponry.

All they’d need do is get the FULL accounting of the firearms confiscated by the Mexican military—rather than the non-representative statistical sample submitted by Calderon to the ATF to justify their mutual, intentionally misdirecting focus on U.S. gun store guns.

What are the chances of that happening?