A bad idea, badly executed 3

To continue our discussion of the “Fast and Furious” scandal (see the two posts immediately below, one of them a video of Bill Whittle putting his argument), we now quote Paul Mirengoff’s opinion on what the operation was intended to achieve:

Bill Whittle is arguing that the Fast and Furious program was an effort by the Obama administration to increase bloodshed in Mexico and thereby lead to tougher gun control regulation in the U.S. … The theory cannot be ruled out. However, I don’t find it persuasive. …

Obama and Holder probably would not have believed that increased violence in Mexico could lead to tougher regulation of guns in the U.S. Americans simply don’t care enough about Mexico to alter domestic policy based on what occurs there, especially when it comes to an issue as passionately and endlessly argued as gun control. Americans view violence in Mexico the way they viewed violence in Colombia – unfortunate, typical, and not our problem at any fundamental level. …

Why, then, was the program implemented? As noted, considerable frustration existed over attempts to deal with gun running through interdiction at the point of sale because this form of enforcement resulted in the apprehension of only the small fry. Those who came up with Fast and Furious probably hoped that if guns followed their natural course into Mexico, they would lead to much more important players. Wire taps and other surveillance of Mexican cartel bosses would assist in nailing these players, or so the thinking went.

It was a very bad idea, poorly executed. But, as conservatives should understand better than most, the government frequently implements very bad ideas and does so incompetently.

Yes. Whatever government does, it does badly.

In any case, trying to apprehend cartel bosses through Fast and Furious strikes me as less foolish than intentionally increasing shootings in Mexico to enhance the cause of gun control in the U.S.

But what about the cover-up, including the assertion of a weak executive privilege claim? Bill Whittle says that to understand it, we should follow the ideology. In reality, cover-ups typically stem from a quintessentially non-ideological motive – the desire to escape blame and stay out of trouble.

What kind of trouble? The administration may be motivated by the desire to cover up evidence that the Attorney General knowingly and deliberately lied to Congress. It may want to cover up evidence that Holder knew plenty about Fast and Furious and/or that Obama did too.

Bill Whittle is right anyway that Obama and Holder are evil men. 

  • SoulStraw3

    It’s offical. You are sick in the head. A mentally damaged racist cunt who deserves to get shot. Evil excepted way before Barack Obama and you and your fellow black-hating cunts ara making up bullshit excuses to why America isn’t as bigoted and as racist as you?

    Obama is not “dumb as a rock”. He is just not very bright and has no idea what we, as Americans, are all about. He has no idea how our economy works. The man is struggling. The man is not evil, just very confused.

    Turns out I was right again. I don’t have a problem with your article, I have a problem with your ignorant denial of the right’s obvious racism!
    Despite an official, verified birth certificate, some (like Orly Taitz) say he was not born in Hawaii. Despite attending Christian church most of his adult life, some accuse him of being a Muslim. No credible evidence supports either of these theories. All verifiable evidence suggests President Obama is a Christian, U.S. citizen. Muslims are not allow to eat pork and have to pray towards Mecca 5 times a day. I don’t see Obama not eating pork and interrupting his administration just to pray 5 times a day. Domestic terrorist? Obama killed the terrorist responsible for funding the 9/11 attacks. Osama Bin Laden. Fraud? Obama is Harvard Law School graduate. You need practically a 4.0 cumulative high school gpa to get into Havard with a 32 average ACT score and have a your SAT writing, reading, and math scores in the 700-800’s. To sum up you have to intelligent. Do you think 300 million people are idiotic enough to vote for a man who hates the country he’s running for President? Hate America? He tries to help out the majority of the people in this country: the poor and middle class. With policies like healthcare and the Dream Act. He’s just not a rich, racist Republican who prefers corporations and ignores the poor and middle class. And BTW: Republicans consider Corporations to have the same rights as people. That’s a huge argument between Republicans and Democrats. Democrats argue that Corporations aren’t equivalent to human beings. Destroying America? At least he’s removing troops from Afghanistan unlike Bush who was destroying families by giving a death sentence to thousands of young Americans by sending them to Afghanistan. Closet Homosexual? He looks very infatuated with the First Lady Michelle Obama. Just because you support homosexuality does not necessarily mean you are homosexual. There were feminist who were men. Does that mean they were “in the closet girls?” No.
    You have no proof that Obama is a Muslim/Communist/Marxist or whatever! I;m sick of these racists calling this man a fraud and for his impeachment!Those who call Barack Obama a fraud is a racist scumbag liar!.Anyone who calls Obama a fraud is a racist!Those who call for Obama’s impeachment ARE in fact racists!This country has gone racist, you just don’t want to admit it!
    The birthers are 0-143 because all of their claims have been debunked or proven lies. If they had any legal precedents I would be right with them but since that is not the case they have to resort to making up charges and to nominating people after lawsuits to try and get a win in the courts, and that has been shot down both times Tennessee and Arizona.
    Arizona.
    If Obama was a dictator, Rush would have been shot, Along with Murdock and Fox news… Stop believing idiots like Rush. He does a disservice to your intelligence.

    Obama is not “dumb as a rock”. The man is struggling. The man is not evil, just very confused.
    More alarmist stupidity from the junkie.Meanwhile, OxyRush had no problem with a Supreme Court-appointed imbecile lying us into war.
    Anyone who says Obama is a Muslim is a moron and needs to quit listening to Glenn Beck 24/7.

  • Liz

    As with everything else they’ve done, it always boils down to one of two things with these people – they either did it to further their hidden agenda, which makes them traitors, or it happened as an unintended consequence of their utter incompetence.  Either way, it proves that they are unfit for office and never should have been allowed into it to begin with.  “Absurdly elected” is right. 

  • George

                  Both Otrauma and Scolder ( aka-Beholder ) should be kicked out of office for their criminal involvement and also obstruction of justice. Both scumbags have endangered the American public , cost the lives of innocent Americans and now they both want to bury the evidence and erase their “tracks”  and believe me the stinking mainstream liberal left-wing  media will assist them in doing so. 
                   Not only does it piss me off when I see people like this do these things but I become even more appalled when the media supports them, the general populace in being so brainwashed makes excuses for them ,  and even after the dirt comes out of the wash — proving what happened , no suitable punishment is administered as a result.  It’s actions like these that are indeed however making more and more people in our society wake up  and  distrust the   ‘out of control’  government and it’s many corrupt officials even moreso .