I swear to God the title of this essay is NOT in any way, shape or form, some kind of racist thing – overt, covert, implied or otherwise. But what are you gonna call it with the Attorney General of these United States gets caught lying to Congress, and the best thing they can come up with for their defense of Fast n’ Furious is “Oh yeah? Well the Bush people did it, too!” Pot, meet kettle.
According to the “we claim we’re neutral but you couldn’t prove it by me” folks over at Politico, the Associated Press has dug up a story that claims the Bush Administration ran an operation that allowed hundreds of guns to be transferred to suspected arms traffickers – the very same tactics used by the ATF under the Bush administration.
The AP story claims that another ATF program, this one code-named “Operation Wide Receiver,” that ran from 2006 through 2007, run out of the Tucson, Arizona office. The program concluded without any charges being filed. The implication in the story is that we shouldn’t condemn the Obama Administration for something that the Bush Administration was doing, long before they took office.
I kinda wondered how long it would take before someone picked up on the dates for Operation Wide Receiver, and started flogging the “It’s Bush’s Fault” meme again. Didn’t take long. The CBS story focused on the, um, discrepancies in Holder’s testimony. It blew right by the idea that the web of intrigue might snare anybody in the Bush Administration.
The AP was not so willing to focus on the important stuff, spinning a story that ignored Holder and the whole potential of “Contempt of Congress” thing (go back and watch Holder’s blink count when he fields a question that strikes a little too close to home. I wanna play poker with that guy. I’ll get rich.) The AP story went for the jugular – Bush’s jugular, that is.
In both politics or stage magic, this is what’s known as misdirection. But to be perfectly fair about everything, I’ve done a little digging, and found that the AP and Politico are guilty of a little spin here. Here’s why:
- As my momma used to say, two ‘wrongs’ don’t make a ‘right.’ Just because Georgie let his pals break the law, doesn’t mean Barry and Eric can.
- Both times, it’s the ATF running amuck. See a pattern here? (You’d have to be blind NOT to.) In both cases, it’s the ATF that’s guilty of overreach. But Bush never tried to cover it up. Obama and Holder have.
- Wide Receiver involved “hundreds” of guns. Fast n’ Furious involves “thousands of guns.” Even one gun getting into the hands of a bad guy is a bad idea. But it looks like Obama and Holder’s ATF took an idea they knew was a non-starter and applied the logic “if it didn’t work before, let’s do MORE of it and see if that fixes it!” (No, guys. It doesn’t.)
- Holder and Company seem to trying to make a case for him being confused when he told the Congressional investigators he’d only just heard about Fast n’ Furious. But his story keeps changing. And if he was confusing the two operations, logically, he would have answered that he’d known about Fast n’ Furious sooner rather than later. Details, details.
- This has the look and feel of something that came over the transom to the fellow travelers at the AP. There are no sources cited in the piece that indicate how this choice bit of intel came to grace the desks of the Associated Press. Which leads me to believe the story was “leaked” by Justice, in the hopes that it would deflect some heat away from Obama and Holder, and towards their favorite Judas goat – George W. Bush.
- The AP has a lot of experience, turning phrases. I’ve not seen them write anything so emphatic as when they are pillorying Bush. This article is no exception to that rule.
- If they investigate the earlier operation (and they should) and it’s discovered that the Bush Justice Department green-lighted this, those who broke the law should be punished, regardless of the (D) or (R) after their name. And if it’s discovered that Bush covered up any crimes, then it’s time to go after him for something that’s a REAL crime.
I don’t for a second believe that Bush covered up Operation Wide Receiver, not because I’m a fan of Bush (I’m lukewarm), but because this is the first time it’s been brought up. And remember, you can’t blame an executive for what their underlings do, unless (and this is a BIG unless) they explicitly ordered their flunkies to break the law, or they engaged in a cover-up to hide the lawbreaking.
Clearly, if the Bush Administration did nothing to cover this up, they are in the clear.
The ATF, however, is in deep kimchee over all their follies. And the Holder Justice Department is right in there with them. What has yet to be determined is what Obama knew, when did he know it, and does he have any exposure on this. Given what I know about the Chicago Way, I’m betting he knew, and he’s been at the epicenter of the wagon-circling, stonewalling, and wallpapering. (Perhaps he’s prepping for a career change to build Habitat for Humanity homes for the homeless, like his spiritual mentor, Jimmy Carter does. I guess Habitat for Humanity is on the approved list for Liberal penance.)
So let’s recap: The latest from the Obamateurs in the White House is that “Bush let guns walk, too.” And again, that doesn’t mean we can/should overlook the crimes of the ATF, nor the Obama Administration’s cover-up. It just means we need to expand the investigation.
But that will likely mean that we find the ATF is even MORE guilty than we thought. I don’t see this as a viable defense for Holder & Company. And I keep thinking, “when push comes to shove, will Holder take one for Team Obama, or will he drag the O-Man down with him?” We’ll see. But if he’s already playing these kindergarten games, I wouldn’t bet on Holder playing the stoic soldier.