The blame game continues! Yesterday President Obama blamed former president George Bush for the current “Fast and Furious” government gun-running scandal during a town hall meeting hosted by Univision at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. We have four dead embassy officials and a dead border patrol agent – and Obama is still blaming a video and George Bush!!!
According to the Digital Journal:
“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,” the president said. “When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it. We assigned a 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,” said Mr. Obama.
While similar but more successful programs involving ATF agents were conducted during the Bush administration they were completely separate operations, not part of the Obama administration’s “field-initiated program,” as Obama told the crowd. Also, there were no Americans killed in such a program under Bush.
We determined that Attorney General Holder did not learn of that fact until sometime in 2011, after he received Sen. Grassley’s January 27 letter. Senior Department officials were aware of this significant and troubling information by December 17, 2010, but did not believe the information was sufficiently important to alert the Attorney General about it or to make any further inquiry regarding this development.”
Although Attorney General Eric Holder feels he has been exonerated by the recent Inspector General’s report, ABC News feels otherwise:
…this was not entirely an exoneration of the Justice Department run by Mr. Holder. “We found it troubling that a case of this magnitude, and one that affected Mexico so significantly was not directly briefed to the Attorney General,” the report stated.
In addition to specific disciplinary measures, the Inspector General “made six recommendations designed to increase the Department’s involvement in and oversight of ATF operations, improve coordination among the Department’s law enforcement components, and enhance the Department’s wiretap application review and authorization process. The OIG intends to closely monitor the department’s progress in implementing these recommendations.”
- Obama says those responsible for Fast and Furious have been held accountable (redalertpolitics.com)
- Obama’s Fast and Furious falsehood (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Justice Dept. Faulted in Gun-Trafficking Operation (usnews.com)
- ABC: Obama lied about ‘Fast and Furious’ (wnd.com)
- Watchdog describes ‘pattern of serious failures’ in Fast and Furious (foxnews.com)