FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Eric Holder Is Still Alive, A Lot Of Other People Not So Much
Not terribly surprising as this man’s best friend is The Big Lie.
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 and demonstrating their absence of a gag reflex, Obama was questioned about the ill-conceived Operation Fast and Furious and the DOJ IG report:
Q 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.
This is a lie on a lot of levels. The program, Operation Wide Receiver, that was started under President Bush was coordinated with the Mexican government. Guns were not allowed to leave government surveillance. The operation initiated under Obama was done without the consent of the Mexican government and no attempt was made to keep the weapons under surveillance. Rather the harebrained scheme was to link the weapons to actual murders in Mexico for the ostensible reason of identifying gun trafficking networks. A more cynical view sees Rahm Emanuel’s dictum of “don’t waste a good crisis” and a deliberate arming of Mexican gangs with the express intent that the weapons would be used in mayhem and thus create a set of facts to increase ATF authority over gun sales.
This guy isn’t smart. He isn’t quick on his feet. His entire political life has been characterized by the press treating him with kid gloves and telling each other what kind of a master communicator he is. The Univision interview is what happens when he is confronted with actual journalism.