I continue to suspect that a secret program allowing thousands of guns to go from U.S. gun stores to Mexican crime sites was more than coincidentally related to a gun-control campaign from the same administration that was predicated on . . . statements about the flow of guns from U.S. gun stores to Mexican crime sites.
Professor Reynolds is not alone in his suspicion, given the Left's long established pattern of creating a problem and then posing as the saviors. The corruption of the original Operation Fast and Furious into a full-blown smuggling operation ("Gunwalker") appears to fit that pattern, as does the minority report's building a case for expanded gun control legislation and regulation.
What is surprising is the reckless, thundering stupidity behind letting thousands of guns into the hands of an enemy and the expectation that the violent, criminal nature of the fall-out would work to political advantage. What were they thinking?
Gunwalker was especially dimwitted given the Government's betrayal of U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean in 2006. In the public's eye, the DOJ, DHS and Federal Government's credibility was reduced to near zero by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Kanof, Prosecutor "Johnny" Sutton and President G. W. Bush. Compean and Ramos were aggressively punished for doing their job - a fact not lost on every professional and Federal Agent working the borders and not lost on the entire libertarian and right blogosphere.
Now we have the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry - and suspicion of cover-ups - a situation that expands the ill-will beyond Federal Agents and the blogosphere to the huge constituency of law-abiding gun owners. (Just think of it as... community organizing for dummies.)
If AG Eric Holder is responsible, his impeachment won't be enough to solve the problems on the borders, but it will make an excellent start.
[Posted by Ran for Eric Dondero]