Wasn’t there a movie out a few years back that was called Fast and Furious? I am not much of a movie person, but it seems it was about a car race that was being used to smuggle hijacked goods. By now, everyone has probably heard of the new Fast and Furious, the ATF gun sting operation that was supposed to allow guns to enter Mexico in order to open the drug cartels to prosecution for illegal guns. I am not clear on how that was going to help, being as they are already running drugs, which happens to be illegal, but I will bypass that for the purpose of this post. The main thing I am concerned with is the complete ineptitude of the ATF, clearly shown by how they ran this sting operation. Let’s look at some of the preliminary findings of a report from a House Government Oversight Committee. Fair warning, from what I can see, it’s not a pretty picture that is being painted.
Agents expected to interdict weapons, yet were told to stand down and “just surveil.” Agents therefore did not act. They watched straw purchasers buy hundreds of weapons illegally and transfer those weapons to unknown third parties and stash houses.
ATF agents complained about the strategy of allowing guns to walk in Operation Fast and Furious. Leadership ignored their concerns. Instead, supervisors told the agents to “get with the program” because senior ATF officials had sanctioned the operation.
Agents knew that given the large numbers of weapons being trafficked to Mexico, tragic results were a near certainty.
Operation Fast and Furious contributed to the increasing violence and deaths in Mexico. This result was regarded with giddy optimism by ATF supervisors hoping that guns recovered at crime scenes in Mexico would provide the nexus to straw purchasers in Phoenix.
For weeks, months, years, some of us have been warning that too much government is just that; too much government. In my opinion, Operation Fast and Furious is a prime example of a government trying to do too much. The ATF deliberately expanded the guns that were being smuggled into Mexico, in the hopes that they would be able to use those guns to slow down or stop the drug smuggling and gun trade. From all appearances, it seems the only thing they accomplished was to supply fuel to fire that was already burning out of control. Keep in mind that the ATF did not “lose track” of the weapons. Instead, they intentionally allowed them to fall into the hands of bandits and criminals on both sides of the border. So much for that idea, huh?
It may sound like I am being overly critical of the Obama administration and I really don’t mean to be. I just think they are going about this in all the wrong fashion. Illegal gun trafficking needs to be stopped, that much is true, but their idea of more government is better government isn’t working, either in the marketplace or in the effort to stop what is happening in the Southwest and in Mexico. They have been claiming from day one, this would be an open and honest administration. So far, it appears that their idea of oversight hasn’t worked out so well.