Mexicans – Doing the job the American Media won’t do

Posted on September 24, 2012


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Mexicans – doing the job American Media won’t do…

Spanish language news anchors from Univision, got some face time with Barack Obama a few days ago.   To the extent that it is permissible by the MSM to ask tough questions and back the President of the United States into a corner, they made a respectable attempt.  Much more so than most encounters Obama has had with the legacy media in America.

It was no surprise that the interview centered around issues affecting the United States and Mexico as well as Mexican citizens living in the U.S.

 “You told me during an interview that you and Mr. Holder did not authorize the Fast and Furious operation that allowed 2,000 weapons from the United States into Mexico and they were in the drug trafficking [cartels’] hands,” Univision co-host Jorge Ramos asked Obama, according to a translator, during the interview.

“I think that up to 100 Mexicans might have died and also American agent Brian Terry. There’s a report that 14 agents were responsible for the operation but shouldn’t the attorney general, Eric Holder, he should have known about that and if he didn’t, should you fire him?”

Obama then did what comes natural to him and his administration.  He lied.

“Well, first of all, I think it’s important to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program, begun under the previous administration,” Obama said. “When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it. We assigned an inspector general to do a thorough report that was just issued — confirming that in fact Eric Holder did not know about this, that he took prompt action and that the people who did initiate this were held accountable.

But, what I think is most important is recognizing that we’ve got a challenge in terms of weapons flowing south, and the strategy that was pursued out of Arizona, obviously, was completely wrongheaded. Those folks who were responsible have been held accountable. The question now is, how do we move forward with a strategy that will actually work?”

First out of the gate, Obama repeats talking points that have been proven false.  The previous administration (Bush), did not engage in anything that resembled ‘Fast and Furious’. Some discussions and planning was initiated to see whether tracking weapons was even a feasible and technically sound concept.   When the U.S. and Mexico both concluded that it wasn’t, the plan was discarded in its entirety.

Operation Wide Receiver employed a time honored procedure in which the key element is ‘controlled delivery’ – in other words, weapons were constantly monitored from point of sale to delivery to the recipients after which the ultimate customers were apprehended.   In fact, this is confirmed by the Inspector General’s testimony before Congress on the investigation his office conducted:

Former Attorney General Mukasey became Attorney General after investigative activity in Operation Wide Receiver was concluded. We found no evidence that he was informed that ATF, in connection with Operation Wide Receiver, was allowing or had allowed firearms to “walk.” We found that Mukasey was briefed on ATF’s attempts to use controlled deliveries – a law enforcement technique that witnesses told us differs significantly from walking” in that it involves the delivery of contraband under surveillance or other control by law enforcement agents, with arrests and interdictions at the point of transfer – in a different ATF firearms trafficking investigation involving a lead subject named Fidel Hernandez.”

Based on the testimony of ATF agents involved in Fast and Furious, there can be no reasonable conclusion other than that the Obama administration wanted the weapons to disappear into Mexico and ultimately into the hands of murderous drug cartels.

One example comes from the testimony of Special Agent John Dawson, who reported that because he was concerned about losing track of a large cache of weapons that the intial traffickers had transported to a stash house, he ordered a surveillance team to stake out the residence.  He did so, against the orders of his superiors.  When the weapons were picked up from the stash house, he requested authorization to follow the individuals and the weapons.  Authorization denied.

He tells his story to Congress in his own words:

Obama continues:

“We are going to have to work with Mexican law enforcement to accomplish this, but I will tell you that Eric Holder has my complete confidence, because he has shown himself to be willing to hold accountable those who took these actions and is passionate about making sure that we’re preventing guns from getting into the wrong hands,”

To which Ramos asks:  “But if you have nothing to hide, then why are you not releasing papers to the –”

Obama responds:

“The truth is we’ve released thousands of papers.”   One of the interesting behavior traits of habitual liars, is that they will subconsciously insert phrases into a statement that requires nothing beyond a straight, factual, answer.

This is something that is ingrained in the President – the subliminal language of falsehood; one example, being the expression, ‘the truth is’.   It is a defense mechanism for people whose livelihood and continued prosperity depends on the dissemination of falsehood.

This time Obama goes to the incomplete truth card in the deck.   While the Justice Department has ‘released thousands of papers’, slowly and under duress, they have Cherry picked what they have released and withheld upwards of tens of thousands of documents subpoenaed by Congress and the Inspector General.   Mr. Ramos, knowing this, follows up with, But not all of them.

“We’ve released almost all of them,” Obama said“The ones that we don’t release, typically, relate to internal communications that were not related to the actual Fast and Furious operation.  The challenge that we have is that, at any given moment in the federal government, there may be people who do dumb things, and I’ve seen it, I promise.

Ultimately, I’m responsible and my key managers, including the attorney general, are responsible for holding those people accountable, for making sure that they are fired if they do dumb things and then fixing the system to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, and I’m very confident that you will not see any kinds of actions like this in the future, but what I don’t like to see is these kinds of issues becoming political circuses or ways to score political points in Congress partly because it becomes a distraction from us doing the business that we need to do for the American people.”  

Notice he doesn’t say that as President, he’s responsible for this travesty and its consequences.   No, of course not –  Obama never owns accountability for any failed policy.   But this is much more than a failed policy or an agency going rogue.   What he characterizes as a ‘wrongheaded strategy’, is actually an impeachable offense – a high crime and misdemeanor. 

Obama passes this whole affair off as relatively insignificant and yesterday’s news.   But then again, this is a President that told 60 Minutes, that the terrorist attack on our embassy in Libya, was ‘a bump in the road’.  This is a revealing video clip.  Take special note of the facial language typically associated with a liar – the clenched teeth, tight lipped delivery:

A federal agent dies on Obama’s watch as a result of an operation with political underpinnings, and Obama simply characterizes it as subordinates doing ‘dumb things’.   That’s convenient, I suppose.  Convenient but not credible.  Univision anchor Jorge Ramos posed the moral dilemma that if Holder knew about the operations he should be dismissed and if he didn’t, he’s incompetent and should be fired.

Obama responds by mis-characterizing the opinions and report of the Inspector General.  

 “Well, understand that, not only have we had multiple hearings in Congress, but the inspector general is put in place specifically to be independent from the attorney general. This attorney general’s [sic] report was not a whitewash in any way.

I mean, it was tough on the Justice Department, and it indicated that, potentially, more supervision was needed, people should have known in some cases, even if they didn’t actually know. So, it was, I think, independent, honest, it was a clear assessment of what had gone wrong in that situation.”

The President spins this as if the conclusions of Inspector General’s report make any and all further discussions of the topic trivial and of no further consequence.   He must be lying again or have read a different report.   The I.G.’s report was 471 pages and if you want to look it over, you can check it out here.

The documents that Obama and the Justice Department are withholding from Congress and from the Inspector General are apparently not insignificant in their estimation.   If they were – would Obama invoke ‘Executive Privilege’ to keep them confidential?  None other than Obama’s own hometown newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, in an editorial in June of this year, said:

 “The public and courts have no way to be sure if the government is acting out of a well-founded need to protect sensitive sources and conversations or an avid desire, particularly in an election year, to conceal its own wrongdoing.”

So, to sum up Obama’s objections to laying bare the full truth and findings – it (Fast and Furious), is simply a political football and of little significance in the big picture of things. 

Without even reading between the lines, Obama is saying, “We know all that is important to know about this at this point.  I’ve got bigger fish to fry.  I’ve got to focus in on what’s really important.  More amnesty for your fellow countrymen, more taxes, Climate change, Green Energy investments, more stimulus dollars for education.  Let’s move on, shall we?”

If Mr. Obama is concocting a transparent political end around the truth, can it come as any surprise that his subordinates have no higher standard?   Eric Holder initially made this patently false claim in testimony earlier this year before Congress:

“I’ve looked at these affidavits. I’ve looked at these summaries. There’s nothing in those affidavits as I’ve reviewed them that indicates that gunwalking was allowed. Let’s get to the bottom line — so I didn’t see anything in there that would put on notice a person who was reviewing either at the line level or at the deputy assistant attorney general level, that you would have knowledge of the fact that these inappropriate tactics were being used.” 

The premise behind Obama’s subterfuge here, is that the Justice Department is essentially running itself.  Moreover, the Attorney General is, by design, kept out of the loop on field operations and that the proper role of the Attorney General is to merely make himself available for publicly promoting the various initiatives of the White House which reflect the Administration’s political priorities.

Here’s the quandary in that line of defense.   If Holder is disregarding his responsibilities by fiat of the White House –  Obama is then culpable for the negligence that led to Brian Terry’s death and hundreds of other crimes committed with weapons placed in the hands of murderous drug gangs.

If Holder is operating in a detached role on his own initiative, Obama is irresponsible in not asking for his resignation.  One other problem.   Operation Fast and Furious, with both its potential for tragedy and judged by the actual outcome, cannot be classified alongside some other field operation in which someone might argue, “Well, come on, the A.G. can’t keep tabs on every law enforcement activity the Justice Department engages in.”

If it is an operation that involves exporting weapons across a border into a failed state, with the inherent likelihood that American Border Patrol agents and Mexican citizens could be killed, no reasonable, rational thinking person without a political agenda to pursue, can be led to believe such an undertaking is unworthy of top level management’s full attention.

As damning as the truth is with respect to incompetence, there is a more significant distressful reality we need to come to grips with. Obama and Holder maintain, that Fast and Furious was nothing more than a well intentioned operation that was ill-conceived and poorly managed.  That doesn’t pass the smell test.   ATF agents directly involved with this operation completely contradict that contention.  

“Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals — this was the plan,” ATF Agent John Dodson told Issa’s committee. “It was so mandated.”

That was the plan and it was so mandated.  What would be the ultimate endgame of such a plan?   Many observers have rightly concluded that the endgame was to create momentum toward the inevitable further encroachment of American’s second amendment rights and the signing of the U.N. Arms Treaty.

ATF agent Olindo James Casa said that “on several occasions I personally requested to interdict or seize firearms, but I was always ordered to stand down and not to seize the firearms.”  

Neither Jorge Ramos, nor his associate, Maria Elena Salinas, left Obama a graceful exit to the topic.  In fact Ms. Salinas came back to the subject with this:

“Let’s have an independent investigation, because at the end of the day, this is the Justice Department investigating its boss and is saying they say is not at fault? Why don’t we have, very briefly, an independent investigation that is not done by the Justice Department?”   

Yes, why don’t we?   Makes sense to me.  There can be only one reason that Obama is resisting such an obvious solution in bringing all this out into the disinfection of Sunshine.

Could that be that the facts reveal that Obama himself was complicit in authorizing the misuse of a Federal law enforcement agency for political purposes?   Does my dog like rare steak – or as some call it  – ‘Animal’?