An analysis of Operation Gunrunner and how the Obama administration’s attempt to cover it up may have not only cost the United States the lives of our law enforcement agents, but negotiating leverage with Mexico.
You would have to be living under a stone somewhere to be unaware of the ongoing Congressional investigation into the ATF Project Gunrunner (AKA “Operation Fast and Furious”). Sadly, from conversations I’ve had with some of my fellow citizens, they appear to be blissfully ignorant and wish to remain so.
However, there is a growing number of patriots who are watching with alarm as the facts surrounding the case unfold. While many pundits and bloggers have focused on the future implications for the Obama administration—ranging from impeachment to arrest and prosecution of some individuals involved—I feel the need to explore the case a little from a perspective I have yet to see examined; the impact on Obama’s foreign and domestic policies that may have already damaged the nation.
I apologize about the length of this analysis, but the complexity and seriousness of the situation requires a complete study of the situation.
Before we get to that analysis, let’s review a number of events that many people have either forgotten, or not connected to the Gunrunner fiasco.
If you are not very familiar with the case, I recommend you read this Town Hall article. In short, we learn several frightening facts.
Officials at the “highest levels” of the ATF, FBI and DEA were aware of a project that started as early as 2009 to allow criminal “straw-man buyers” representing Mexican drug cartels to purchase assault weapons from firearms dealers in Border States. When gun dealers alerted ATF (as they are supposed to do) that they believed someone was attempting to buy arms with the purpose of illegally reselling to individuals who could not legally buy them themselves, the ATF gave those dealers the orders to sell them anyway. Why? According to the ATF, the plan was to track the weapons back to the cartels so they could be located and captured later.
The problem is, that is false. Agents warned their superiors that this was a fatally flawed plan. The superiors insisted they follow orders. Gun dealers also warned that this was unwise. They were ordered to do as told. Agents reminded their superior officials that once the guns reached Mexico, they would be beyond US jurisdiction and nothing could be done about it. They were again told to proceed.