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Fast & Furious vs. Iran Contra

How does the selling of arms for American hostages versus the arming of Mexican Drug Cartels stack up in comparison?

Both are illegal.

The U.S. Government denied both operations until they knew the gig was up.

Both Administrations attempted to protect information through certain “legal” means.

So what’s the difference… let’s walk through it.
To call operation Fast & Furious stupid would be a profound understatement if indeed its mission was to “trace” guns heading to drug cartels. Why you ask? Because we did nothing to trace them. But that’s not all!  We also paid for them… And, we made sure they got into Mexico.

The only aspect missing to this brilliant scheme is subsequent weapons training and a thin mint.

To call Iran-Contra stupid is missing the point.  In fact, nobody called it stupid… only illegal and that is what the Left wanted in order to go after one of the most beloved Presidents (to this day) in American history.

Iran-Contra was pretty straight up.  The CIA was selling arms to Iran in the hopes of securing the release of the U.S. hostages.  They were then using the funds generated to bankroll the Nicaraguan Contras (which the Democrat controlled U.S. Congress had made illegal because their guys were Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas (The Socialist Party of Nicaragua)) in their fight against Socialism.

OK… Iran Contra had a beginning, middle and an end.  Illegal, but comprehensible.

So where did Fast & Furious come from?
I recall being surprised that American guns were a problem in Mexico. Primarily because I stay pretty tuned in and had never heard of the problem prior to it being stated as such during a news conference held by the Obama Administration with the President of Mexico, Calderon. So, surprise… the drug cartels have decided that they needed to replace their crates full of brand new well-traveled AK-47’s and AK 74’s for the far better weapon platforms designed by Eugene Stoner. OK… I could understand that.  Seriously, Colt makes a great rifle.
But the question remained in my mind, why purchase American made semi-automatic weapons and risk getting them across the border when any enterprising drug cartel member could do the job with the plentiful fully automatic Chinese and Russian rifles made to order and moved up through Latin America then dropped right at their doorstep?

There was also another question in my mind, if you were the aforementioned enterprising Mexican drug runner why wouldn’t you just kill the local militia and take their American made assault weapons that we, the U.S., freely sell to the Mexican government every year?
So why?
Well… why not? If someone (U.S.Taxpayer) is going to buy American rifles for you, then “magically” make sure they get across the border without interruption… and then make no attempt to track them… all the while ASKING FOR NOTHING IN RETURN… why not?  They might be drug dealers, but they’re not stupid.

Clearly there must be an explanation.  There must be another reason this Administration had in mind when initiating operation Fast & Furious.  Even I cannot get my mind around these guys being that ham-fisted and moronic.  May be, but doubtful.
But now that the President has evoked executive privilege, it has graduated from a profoundly stupid and sophomoric idea which could be solved by lots of transparency and some very public firing of a great many individuals in the BATFE, into a full-fledged scandal.

This has caused the group of voices asking questions to grow larger.

The real reason, whatever it may be, must be very harmful if it cannot be explained directly to the branch of government IN CHARGE OF THE OVERSIGHT of these agencies, which is the United States House of Representatives.

So, in conclusion, where is the “moral” outrage from the Left we saw with Iran Contra?   Were are the cries’ for heads on pikes?  Is it “circle the wagons” time for the Democrat Party and our homegrown Leftists?

Today we have the U.S. Government sending (not even selling) arms to bad guys… not for the reason of a possible release of Americans being held against their will or fighting the Socialist disease abroad, but instead for… nothing. Nothing. Nada.

At least we got something in exchange for the guns to the Iranians and money to the Contras… but the Left still insisted in shoving the white-hot poker up our collective national rear-ends… with televised hearings and prime-time exposes on how evil and senile Reagan was.  Can’t forget to throw Ollie in there too.

So what are we getting here?
It’s beginning to feel like we’re getting a whole lot of nothing but all the shoving.

We’ll see.


Faster & Furiouser

I had hoped (kind of expected) that the Administration would have dropped the defense of “gun walking” as a solid, well thought out operation built on good intentions…
They have not.
The Administration has instead doubled down on Fast & Furious.  Instead of allowing sunlight on this BATFE action they have declared “executive privilege” in order to protect those involved from any scrutiny.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) could still be running such a brilliant operation as far as we know. The answers have not been provided nor does it appear they will be.
So….

Since Fast & Furious was clearly a well executed clandestine operation designed to stem the flow of guns into Mexico by Drug Cartels (by up-arming those cartels with weapons purchased using U.S. tax dollars and facilitated by BATFE agents in order not to impede the purchase and subsequent delivery of these weapons) who have demonstrated their blatant disregard for human life.

I have a several suggestions for operations that AG Holder could initiate as soon as possible…

1.  Drunk & Driver

This operation would be designed to stem the occurrences of overly intoxicated individuals from driving and subsequently killing other motorists and destroying property.  Here’s how it would work;  BATFE agents would set up in a bar and using your tax dollars, buy “suspects” drinks.  (Even over the protests of the bartender) Once the “suspect” is blind drunk the agents will then assist the individual to their vehicle and make sure it starts.  After the individual is securely behind the wheel the agents will walk off.

2.  Smoke’m if you Got’m

The mission here is to curb, or eliminate, smoking as it is a known carcinogen in addition to being sold heavily on the black market due to extraordinary taxes.  The operation starts at a local elementary school.  The agents would go undercover as teachers, advisors and students.  With the trust of their “suspects” they will proceed to use your tax dollars to purchase then give out packs of Marlboro’s to the 3rd and 4th graders.  (They are old enough at this point to know better thus removing any plausible deniability.)  The agents will continue this practice, including demonstrations of how to hold the cigarettes as well as inhaling, until the “suspect” figures out how to get ahold of the product themselves.  Once satisfied, the agents will leave.

3. Done Blowed Up

Finally, the last idea I have for AG Holder et al. is a little program designed to end all of those terrorist a-holes from blowing up our troops.  Given the involvement oversea’s of many of our domestic police forces I suggest inviting BATFE over to Afghanistan to start a special school.  The agency could use your tax dollars to supply the school with tons of PETN and some of the best explosive engineers we have to offer.  Once established we would invite any “local” showing the least amount of hostility towards Americans to take the three-day course on how to assemble, deliver and detonate a far more sophisticated explosive device than anything they might see being taught by their friends and associates.  Once the agents have completed several iterations of these classes over a number of months, they leave.

So there you go… full of the best intentions complete with no ability to follow-up and guaranteed to stem nothing.  Genius.

So why do we find it so difficult to believe such a ridiculous statement as “Fast & Furious was designed to stem the flow of guns into Mexico”?  Seems obvious, but I might be alone.

Oh!  I have one for the DEA… they could supply heroin addicts with tax payer purchased heroin in order to stem the use of drugs…

Wait!  Wait!  How about ICE!  We could grant amnesty to illegal aliens in order to stem the flow of illegal aliens into the U.S….  (crap.  nevermind.  They just started doing this.)

I’m sure with a few more minutes I can come up with a bunch more.

Where’s my bourbon…