A week ago, Bruce posted a piece suggesting that the Fast and Furious scandal was worse than Watergate. Perhaps, it’s not that bad, not a question of administration malfeasance, but just one of bureaucratic incompetence.
Yesterday, Republicans grilled Attorney General Eric Holder when the Democrat testified before the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee. He might have taken his cues in handling testimony from Johnny Friendly‘s (Lee J. Cobb) cronies in On the Waterfront. He was deaf and dumb about what was going on in his outfit.
Well, maybe he really didn’t know. And if he didn’t, well, the best term to describe his leadership at Justice is incompetent. So, he claims, he didn’t read the memos (addressed to him) detailing the “operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to allow straw buyers to smuggle guns into Mexico“, a program which “resulted in the deaths of more than 200 Mexican citizens and U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.”
Now, of course, the Attorney General is a busy man and can’t read every word of every 100-page memo addressed to him. But, that’s why he has a big staff. And you’d think one of his aides would alert the government’s top law enforcement official to a program allowing buyers to smuggle guns — without tracking devices — into Mexico. Oh, yeah, and the ATF wasn’t informing the Mexican government about this program.
You’d think that when word of this program became public (or at least became known to the Attorney General), he’d fire — or at least severely discipline — those on his staff who didn’t alert him to a program which resulted in the deaths of Mexican citizens — and a U.S. law enforcement official. But, as Michelle Malkin reported yesterday Holder only offers a vague statement about making personnel changes and it’s not all he’s “possibly” going to do.
Today, in the Washington Examiner, Conn Carroll details the similarities between the Attorney General and the cronies of Lee J. Cobb’s celebrated union boss. He knew nothing:
Asked if he knew who approved the decision to let illegal gun sales go through untraced, Holder said, “I don’t know.” Asked if he knew how many illegal gun sales to Mexico his administration allowed, Holder said: “I don’t know how many guns from Fast And Furious are out there.”
He doesn’t know. What kind of people does he have working for him? Who has hired to keep him informed?
“There you have it,” quips Michael Walsh:
One of the most incompetent (at best) and murderous operations ever undertaken in the name of the Justice Department, and all the attorney general can do is say they’ve closed the barn door now that the horses have fled, taking the guns and ammo with them.
Oh, and promise to get to the bottom of things . . . someday.