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Fast and Furious

I must admit that I have not been following all the ins and outs of the fast and furious investigation. It seems to me that Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms simply screwed up. Somehow, while trying to track the flow of guns into Mexico, guns got into the hands of the Mexican cartel. American guns. American border patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered in a shoot-out. At the scene of his murder, several ATF firearms were found. The bullets that killed Agent Terry were not associated with the ATF firearms found at the scene. So what’s the big deal? Why is Attorney General Eric Holder being brought up on contempt of Congress charges? Well, like most things in Congress, it is complicated and political.

Over the next several days,  I will try to walk through all of the data, finger-pointing and chest beating.

Basically, Fast and Furious was one of several gunwalking operations performed by the ATF between 2006 and 2011. The idea was to let guns walk from gunshows and follow the flow of guns to the bigger fish in Mexico. Once the ATF found the bigger fish, they would arrest the big fish and therefore stop some of the gunrunning. Well, there were five operations over five years. As far as I can tell, none of the operations led to the big fish. One operation after another allowed guns to flow from the US into Mexico without our grabbing the person or persons behind the scenes. The fact that one operation failed is bad, but forgivable. The fact that five operations were conducted and we didn’t get any of the big fish, and that we allowed the middle men to get away, is truly criminal. Yet, this is not what Congress has their knickers in a twist about.

More Tomorrow. What are your thoughts?

By |2012-06-26T01:22:22-04:00June 25th, 2012|Obama administration, Party Politics|11 Comments

What's Going On: Evening News Round-up

  • The House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of charging Karl Rove with contempt of Congress.
  • A brief filed by the Bush administration with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court asked the court to keep any challenges to the wiretapping law passed earlier this year secret.
  • New documents reveal that the state of Georgia actually knew about the “patch” that Deibold placed after the election. Cathy Cox, Georgia Secretary of State, inquired about the patch. This patch was selectively applied to certain computers just before the 2002 election in Georgia.
  • President Bush signs the Housing Relief Bill. Unfortunately, after further review, I’m not sure that it really brings all that much relief.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced that he will not seek re-election. He is in the middle of a corruption investigation that has marred his administration.
  • The CIA finally documents ties between Pakistan senior officials and militants. Many books, including Richard Clarke’s “Against All Enemies,” have already pointed to the Pakistani government as a problem.
By |2008-07-30T19:21:59-04:00July 30th, 2008|Domestic Issues, Foreign Affairs|3 Comments

No Show for Rove

Karl Rove has been asked to testify in front of the House. He didn’t say no. He just didn’t show. It is now time for the House and Congress to step up and not only find that Karl Rove is in contempt but also find a mechanism to arrest him!

From the Washington Post:

Former White House adviser Karl Rove defied a congressional subpoena and refused to testify Thursday about allegations of political pressure at the Justice Department, including whether he influenced the prosecution of a former Democratic governor of Alabama.

Rep. Linda Sanchez, chairman of a House subcommittee, ruled with backing from fellow Democrats on the panel that Rove was breaking the law by refusing to cooperate _ perhaps the first step toward holding him in contempt of Congress.

The White House has cited executive privilege as a reason he and others who serve or served in the administration should not testify, arguing that internal administration communications are confidential and that Congress cannot compel officials to testify. Rove says he is bound to follow the White House’s guidance, although he has offered to answer questions specifically on the Siegelman case _ but only with no transcript taken and not under oath. (more… )

By |2008-07-11T19:20:54-04:00July 11th, 2008|Bush Administration, Congress|5 Comments
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