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Heads Should Roll
Melson's Head Won't Do
Gun running should cast a cloud over any administration. It did during the IranContra affair that was uncovered during the Reagan administration and some heads rolled. That seems like a kitten compared to the news htting the presses over "Operation Fast And Furious" and its sister operation code named "Project Gun Runner." Yes it has a sister and close companion. I reported back when on "Project Run Runner" which you can find at the link at the bottom of this article.
It is being reported that Kenneth Melson, the acting head of ATF, will resign later this week. I reckon he'll join the long line of people in the unemployment line. No offense meant to the unemployed. So Obama, being fast and furious himself, seems to be willing to throw Kenneth under the bus. It seems to be getting quite crowded under there.
Now Obama did "man up" and state that the operation was flawed. The art of understatement seems to be his art. In his own words back in March, "There may be a situation here in which a serious mistake was made. If that's the case then we'll find out and we'll hold someone accountable." Heck yeah! I said that after the results of the 2008 Presidential election. When he said that, and that he had no knowledge of any of it, I knew he was grabbing the bus keys to go warm up the engine.
The complexity of the two operations was simple. The ATF, under the auspices of the Department of Justice, was allowing "straw buyers" (read: gun smugglers) to buy firearms this side of the border by pressuring gun shop owners to cooperate and then track them as they proceeded to the border or safe houses. When they reached the border, rather than collaring the smugglers, they allowed them to grow feet and keep walking south of the border. How utterly stupid. It wasn't a serious mistake as Obama contended, it was down right stupid.
How stupid you ask? So far the guns have been used in at least 150 shootings; the ATF has lost track of two-thirds of the weapons they allowed to walk; and a federal border patrol agent lays dead, gun downed in cold blood. The guns that were found on the scene of the murder were traced back to these operations. This all started to come to the surface when Agent Brian Terry was gunned down back in December. His parents have been more than a bit upset and have been demanding justice and have been met with what appears to be a coverup.
So where does the buck stop? Obama knew nothing about it, Attorney General Holder knew nothing about it, supposedly Kenneth Melson knew nothing about it. According to the video at the link below (Gun Running Gone Haywire) Janet Napolitano, the DHS bobble head, hadn't a clue. Now in her case, I have to believe that she didn't know as she is as clueless as a blind person taking a Rorschach test. The buck needs to stop higher than Melson though. He's being made a sacrificial lamb, and I'm about to tell you why.
Those weren't squirt guns that had feet. They were of the heavier armament type. Assault rifles and 50 caliber sniper rifles. The arsenal was heavy and the numbers were in the thousands. Now it seems nobody knows nothing about nothing and who actually authorized any operation of that magnitude to be authorized in the first place? That line and a buck fifty will get you a cup of coffee.
As far back as January of this year Senator Grassley got stonewalled by Eric Holder and his minions when he subpoenaed any, and all, documents from the DOJ. Holder cloaked his refusal under the "on going investigation" humma-humma. Grassley is calling for an independent investigation now. Gee, I wonder why? Is it that he doesn't trust Eric Holder? Gee, I wonder why again? Holder's head needs to roll right along with Melson's Obama needs to throw his buddy, Eric, under the bus with the rest of the people lying there waiting for more company.
Representative Issa, R-CA, has been conducting hearing into the whole fiasco and I'm not sure Melson's head alone will suffice either. Issa is a bit pissed with a dash of miffed. Appeasement is an art and he might not be so angry over this whole affair if the White House was providing even a little bit of cooperation with these operations and others investigations that are being conducted by the House Oversight Committee. During the first two years of this administration, under the Democratic House, there wasn't much oversight of anything going on and I'm glad to see some appear.
For weeks on end Holder and Melson threw up the stone wall. I don't understand why unless dirt was being swept under the carpet at the DOJ again. When the subpoenaed documents were finally released by the DOJ they had been heavily redacted. If the word is new to you it means: "to obsure or remove (test) from a document prior to publication or release." So after the constant stone walling they went the white-out route. So why not rub salt in Issa's wound Holder?
Now here's some hubris if I've ever seen any. Assistant AG Ron Weich pleaded with the committe members that the DOJ was indeed cooperating and trying so hard to provide the committee what they were requesting. Issa's reaction? He held up a white piece on paper and on that stark whiteness was a large box of blackness where text had been removed.
Was Issa mad? Here's how he dressed Weich down for pulling such stunts when Agent Terry was a victim of stupidity. He said, “You should be ashamed of yourself. It doesn’t take so long if you don’t spend your life redacting it. The pages go on like this forever. You’ve given us black paper instead of white paper. You might as well have given us a ream still in its original binder. How dare you make an opening statement of cooperation.”
So here's what I'm thinking. Darrell Issa will now go gunning for Weich and Holder for pulling another stupid stunt to cover up the first stupid stunt. In my humble opinion both of those two individuals should join Melson under the bus. Grab the hydraulic lift Obama, you need to make some more room under the bus. And rightfully so. Hasn't anything been learned since Watergate about the art of "not stone walling" and just telling the truth? Oh, I forgot. I'm expecting too much from the Obama administration in that regard.
Have a wonderful day. I can guarantee you that Agent Brian Terry's parents will not be.
The Frog Prince