Obama Burns Bridges to Mexico With Fast & Furious
Now that Barack Hussein Obama is President, all the world loves us, just as liberals promised. But don’t tell that to the allies he has knifed in the back, like Britain, Israel, Poland, and Honduras — or to our next door neighbor to the south, which is understandably enraged that our federal government has been helping violent drug cartels smuggle guns across the border. The more details of the Fast & Furious outrage manage to penetrate Obamunist “transparency,” the more Mexican heads are exploding in anger:
Last fall’s slaying of Mario Gonzalez, the brother of a Mexican state prosecutor, shocked people on both sides of the border. Sensational news reports revealed that cartel hit men had tortured Gonzalez, and forced him to make a videotaped “confession” that his high-powered sister was on the take.
But American authorities concealed one disturbing fact about the case from their Mexican counterparts: U.S. federal agents had allowed AK-47 assault rifles later found in the killers’ arsenal to be smuggled across the border under the notorious Fast and Furious gun-trafficking program.
U.S. officials also kept mum as other weapons linked to Fast and Furious turned up at dozens of additional Mexican crime scenes, with a reported toll of at least 150 people killed or wounded. …
Marisela Morales, Mexico’s attorney general and a longtime favorite of American law enforcement agents in Mexico, told the Los Angeles Times that she first learned about Fast and Furious from news reports. And to this day, she said, U.S. officials have not briefed her on the operation gone awry, nor have they apologized.
“At no time did we know or were we made aware that there might have been arms trafficking permitted,” Morales, Mexico’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, said in a recent interview. “In no way would we have allowed it because it is an attack on the safety of Mexicans.”
That’s probably why Obama, Eric Holder, and the gang didn’t ask permission before helping smuggle a vast arsenal of weapons into her country.
Keeping Mexico in the dark was key to the operation:
Email traffic and U.S. congressional testimony by ATF agents and others make clear the existence of a determined, yearlong effort by American officials to conceal from Mexico’s government details of the operation, launched in November 2009 by the ATF field offices in Arizona and New Mexico.
In March 2010, with a growing number of guns lost or showing up at crime scenes in Mexico, ATF officials convened an “emergency briefing” to figure out a way to shut down Fast and Furious. Instead, they decided to keep it going and continue to leave Mexico out of the loop.
Agents on the ground didn’t necessarily like the orders passed down from Washington.
“We need to tell them (Mexico) this, because if we don’t tell them this, and this gets out, it was my opinion that the Mexicans would never trust us again,” [ATF agent Carlos] Canino testified to congressional investigators in Washington. …
Canino testified that Fast and Furious guns showed up at a total of nearly 200 crime scenes.
The most important Fast & Furious crime scene is splattered in B.S. rather than blood. When it is sufficiently investigated, the criminals involved should be punished severely. The address is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Whoever gets to clean up the mess Barry Soetoro has been making will not have an easy time mending relations with those parts of the world that weren’t already openly hostile before Hope & Change.
Cross-posted at Moonbattery.