Earlier today, Glenn Reynolds linked an Andrew Breitbart video that, well, I just can’t get out of my mind. I’m not sure I share the new media pioneer’s hypothesis, but others have offered opinions similar to his, namely that the administration crafted the Fast and Furious program in order to create “a narrative that they could use in America to try and thwart our Second Amendment constitutional rights.”
Until Attorney General Eric Holder releases the documents requested by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, we won’t know why the Justice Department went forward with this plan. We still don’t know why the project’s planners failed to include two components of a similar program, Operation Wide Receiver, namely that that Bush era program (1) “did involve an attempt to track the firearms, while Fast and Furious did not” and (2) that “Operation Wide Receiver was run in conjunction with the Mexican government, while Fast and Furious was kept secret from not only Mexico, but [also] from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) attaché to Mexico, Darren Gil.”
It strains credulity to believe the administration would craft such a program as part of an anti-gun rights narrative. And it seems the real problem is not Holder’s malevolence, but his incompetence. That said, we can’t reach any definitive conclusions until the Justice Department releases the documents House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has requested.
You would think that an intrepid reporter practicing accountability journalism would be intrigued by this stonewalling and seek to investigate the administration’s intransigence. And you’d think our friends in the legacy media might cover it.