During an interview that was noted for actually asking Obama questions with follow-up rather than the sorry spectacle we’ve become accustomed to of a reporter attaching himself to Obama’s nether regions, Obama was questioned about the ill-conceived Operation Fast and Furious and the DOJ IG report:
QUESTION: Mr. President, you told me during an interview that you — Eric Holder or you did not authorize the Fast and Furious operation that allowed 2,000 weapons from the United States to Mexico, and they were in drug-trafficking hands. I think that up to 100 Mexicans might have died, and also American agent, Brian Terry. There’s a report that 14 agents were responsible for the operation. But shouldn’t Attorney General Eric Holder — he should have known about that. And if he didn’t, should you fire him?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, first of all, I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration. When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it. We assigned an inspector general to do a thorough report that was just issued, confirming that, in fact, Eric Holder did not know about this, that he took prompt action and the people who did initiate this were held accountable.
The President’s answer is not factual on a lot of levels.
The differences between operation Wide Receiver and operation Fast and Furious are fairly profound and distinct.
Operation Wide Receiver began in 2005 during the Bush administration and it involved 400 guns. Every weapon had RFID trackers installed on them and they were continually tracked. The Phoenix ATF and the DOJ were the ones actively involved in the operation, tracking the guns to see which cartels they would end up at for the purposed of informing the Mexican government as to where they were.
Unlike the Obama administration, the Bush administration notified the Mexican government when the weapons crossed their border. We know that at least 1,440 arrests were made a part of Wide Receiver.
Once the smugglers found out they were being tracked, they located the RFID trackers and ripped them out. The program was immediately shut down as a result in October 2007.
Now fast forward to October of 2009. Operation Wide Receiver has been shut down now for 2 years. It is not ongoing as the President would have people believe.
Enter Fast and Furious during Barack Obama’s tenth month in office. This operation involved 2,500 guns. There were virtually no tracking devices on these weapons. Katie Pavlich points out that out of all of these guns there were two that contained trackers, one of which was homemade. They also had 40 hour battery lives on them, so there was no way they could seriously think they could track these weapons.
In addition to the lack of any trackers on the weapons walked across the border into Mexico, there was virtually no surveillance. There were no helicopters, planes or anything. The operation was conducted by four federal agencies in as many as ten cities in five states.
Unlike operation Wide Receiver, the Mexican government was not even made aware that the program even existed.
Not once were any of the “bad guys” arrested, nor was there efforts put forth to do so and the program came to an end because of the death of at least 200 Mexican civilians and two American federal agents, border patrol agent Brian Terry and ICE agent Jaime Zapata.
Some believe that Fast and Furious was an effort to make a case against American gun dealers and the Second Amendment of the United States.
Now, Congressional committee members are trying to unravel the details and get their hands on documents that the Justice Department and now Barack Obama himself continue to keep hidden.
It is widely known that both Eric Holder and Barack Obama are anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment. There past statements leave no doubt that they desire to disarm the American public. Holder has even claimed that he thinks America needs to be “brain washed” concerning guns.
Eventually, the truth, one way or the other, will come out about all of these things…