If you do a search of “Fast and Furious” in Yahoo, Ask.com, Google or Bing search engines, it’s interesting what pops up on the results page (or more accurately, what doesn’t pop up). Bing had the gun running scandal listed on the same page as the latest Vin Diesel movie. And if you put the name “John Dodson”, who is one of the Fast and Furious whistleblowers, you will get an MMA fighter. The lack of information on Internet search engines reminds me of the Obama administration and how they have tried their hardest to make the 800lb. gorilla that is Fast and Furious disappear. The mainstream media doesn’t talk about it and even Fox mentions the topic only in passing. While we can all agree that Benghazi, IRS, and DOJ/AP/James Rosen scandals are all important to discuss, so is the illegal gun running operations that cost countless innocent lives including two U.S. agents and hundreds of innocent Mexican civilians.
This week Obama himself has taken trips to Moore, Oklahoma and the Jersey Shore in the hopes that he can take the focus off the scandals that are rocking his administration. Fast and Furious was brought back into the spotlight this past week with the report released by IG Michael Horowitz. In his report, Horowitz details how a former Phoenix-based U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke violated department policy by giving a Fox News producer a memo about an ATF agent (named John Dodson), who had testified before Congress about his agency’s missteps.
“There was substantial evidence that Burke’s motive for disclosing the memorandum was to retaliate against Special Agent Dodson, who two weeks earlier had testified before a Congressional committee regarding his concerns about Operation Fast and Furious”, said Horowitz. Burke would later resign and admit he did leak the information but suggests that the Obama administration and Holder’s DOJ should have just come clean on the gun walking operation.
It should also be noted that Dennis Burke, as reported by Fast and Furious expert and online editor of Townhall.com Katie Pavlich, has had a long personal and professional relationship with now-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Burke served as Janet Napolitano’s chief of staff during her time as Arizona governor (for seven years), served as Napolitano’s Homeland Security advisor until September 2009 (when Fast and Furious started), was appointed by President Obama as U.S. Attorney in Arizona in September 2009 and served on Attorney General Eric Holder’s Attorney General’s Advisor Board until his resignation in August 2011. Burke was a large supporter of assault rifle gun bans and fit perfectly with the Obama ideology that banning AR’s would solve the gun violence problems. Just don’t try and associate Fast and Furious with the bans on guns push because Obama will just deny that correlation exists (enter huge 800 lb. gorilla). Additionally, Pavlich reports AG Holder’s reliance on Burke in the following statement just after the appointment of Burke to the advisory board:
“This is a critical and exciting time for the Department of Justice and I will rely heavily on these U.S. Attorneys as we work to further the Department’s efforts to reduce violent crime and gang violence, promote civil rights, ensure fairness in the marketplace and above all, preserve our national security.”
Again, no association whatsoever to Burke, Fast and Furious and gun banning (but oh look! Another 800lb. gorilla just showed up in the room).
The family of border agent Brian Terry would love to know what happened and have those responsible punished and not just “transferred” to a desk job with full pay and benefits. The family of beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez deserves answers as well for her untimely death on November 23, 2012 when she was caught in crossfire from drug cartels using weapons traced back to Fast and Furious. Let us also not forget about ICE agent Jamie Zapata and his family looking for closure on their son’s death with guns also traced back to Fast and Furious. The teenagers killed at a birthday party? The list goes on and on. No, a transfer to a cushy desk jobs does not seem to be a viable punishment for such acts of negligence.
Don’t expect MSNBC to cover the latest updates about the Fast and Furious scandal. Unlike Huffington Post and some other liberal media publications calling for Holder to resign, MSNBC seems willing to just ignore everything and instead focus on what they consider more important stories– such as Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential run (as if there is no other candidate that could possibly be a contender). Does the Left have an obsession with yet another “Camelot” taking place in history?
Let us also correct a few things liberals and the MSM do not want anyone to remember about Fast and Furious. If Fast and Furious is mentioned at all, you will also hear the “well Bush did it with Operation Wide Receiver” mantra. The huge differences are:
1.) There are no known deaths that pertain to Operation Wide Receiver.
2.) Many of the OWR weapons (unlike most Fast and Furious guns) featured radio-tracking devices.
3.) Mexico’s government knew about and supported Wide Receiver.
One thing should be abundantly clear: it is time for Eric Holder to be held accountable in some form or fashion for his actions. Personally I believe he should resign. Nixon did it, despite the fact that Watergate pales in comparison to the scandals coming out of this administration on an almost daily/weekly basis. Unfortunately the entitlement mentality that permeates through the White House has a stench can be smelled a lot further than Denmark.
Will Holder be the fall guy for the administration? Time will certainly tell. In the meantime somebody needs to do a well check on Vice President Biden. He’s been in hiding for quite some time. Keep watching for PolitiChicks.tv to make sure this story does not get brushed under the rug; unlike the MSM, we hate bad housekeeping!