By ERICK ERICKSON - Special to The Telegraph
It appears more and more that the Obama administration committed an actual, factual act of war against Mexico through sheer incompetence that has left at least one American border patrol agent murdered.
What if I told you that the Obama administration’s Justice Department authorized the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to rig gun background checks so gun runners could “walk” guns into Mexico after clearing an instant background check at various gun stores in the U.S.?
What if I told you that the Department of Justice and ATF did this to try to build a picture of Mexican drug cartels so the cartels could be taken out?
What if I told you that the ATF’s authorization of this operation, called by them “Fast and Furious,” corresponded to an increase in gun violence by drug cartels in Mexico?
What if I told you the Obama administration never told the Mexican government — making this a clear act of war under any host of international precedents?
What if I told you that at least one, and maybe more, American border patrol agents were murdered by guns passed over the border with the permission of the ATF?
And what if I told you that the Department of Justice and ATF decided to use the gun running they authorized, enabled and oversaw as evidence in the Obama administration’s fight to crack down on gun sales in the United States?
You’d think I was crazy, wouldn’t you? You’d think I had Obama Derangement Syndrome, wouldn’t you?
I’ll be honest. Had this come from any one of a million different right-wing websites, I would be deeply suspicious that there were key details missing in order to paint a picture of an out of control Obama administration and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
What if I told you the source of this fantastical story is the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric? From the CBS report, “Surveillance video obtained by CBS News shows suspected drug cartel suppliers carrying boxes of weapons to their cars at a Phoenix gun shop. The long boxes shown in the video being loaded in were AK-47-type assault rifles.
So it turns out ATF not only allowed it — they videotaped it.
Documents show the inevitable result: The guns that ATF let go began showing up at crime scenes in Mexico. And as ATF stood by watching thousands of weapons hit the streets… the Fast and Furious group supervisor noted the escalating Mexican violence.
“One e-mail noted, ‘958 killed in March 2010 … most violent month since 2005.’ The same e-mail notes: ‘Our subjects purchased 359 firearms during March alone,’ including ‘numerous Barrett .50 caliber rifles.’ ”
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, “began investigating after his office spoke to (the original whistleblower) and a dozen other ATF sources — all telling the same story.”
Now U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Administration Committee, is promising a congressional investigation.
The question, of course, to use the cliché, is what did Attorney General Holder and President Barack Obama know and when did they know it.
One final note on this — CBS News itself does not get into the speculation that the Justice Department will be using this information to go after gun shops in this country. That’s just what ATF agents are whispering to Congress directly.
Had it not been CBS News, I’d say this was crazy talk. But they have the e-mails, videos and actual ATF agents all saying the same thing. This does not look good.
Erick Erickson is a CNN contributor and radio talk show host on WSB in Atlanta.
Posted by: Conrado Garcia Jamin
- Obama Administration Deliberately Allows Guns Into Mexico; How Many Have Died As a Result? (patterico.com)
- Operation Gun Walker: An Act of War Against Mexico With One American Murdered Already – RedState | Erick Erickson (jamespatrick1.wordpress.com)
- ATF Should Change Its Name to WTF (2ndamendmentright.org)
- Whistleblower Alleges that U.S. Gun Agency Purposely Allowed Weapons to be Smuggled to Mexico (propublica.org)