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Taking Down Fast and Furious: It Wasn't Botched
Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2012 | Erika Johnson

Posted on 04/16/2012 5:14:23 AM PDT by Kaslin

"Botched."

That is the word the mainstream media too often associates with the federal gunwalking scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious—but in her new book, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up, investigative reporter Katie Pavlich fearlessly chronicles exactly why the only thing "botched" about the ill-fated operation was the Obama administration's shoddy attempt to cover their tracks.

Having shared office space with Katie for well over a year now, I've witnessed her ferocious commitment to this story since before Fast and Furious was even a thought in the national consciousness. I wasn't always quite sure what her mysterious phone calls and outings were about, but I trusted that she was relentlessly collecting research and gathering evidence—and the product of her intrepidness and hard work is all too timely. She's left no stone unturned in her explanation and analysis of the deadly operation and, as this story continues to unfold nationally, her book serves as a thorough primer of the harrowing circumstances that led to it. I'll confess that, until reading Katie's book, the exact nature of Operation Fast and Furious had eluded me. I generally understood that President Obama has deliberately surrounded himself with an administration chock-full of anti-gun groupies, and that the execution of Operation Fast and Furious was very carelessly thought out, to say the least. But, I didn't quite understand exactly why the now-well-publicized deaths of American federal agents and countless Mexican citizens were more than just the result of some belligerent Mexican gang members—as the Obama administration no doubt wishes us to believe.

Prefacing her work with an apt introduction from ATF Special Agent Jay Dobyns, one of the whistleblowers who have selflessly helped to illuminate this very dark (redacted!) splotch on the Obama administration's record, Dobyns lays out the landscape in which Fast and Furious was a ticking time bomb just waiting to explode. Over his decades of service, Dobyns witnessed the slow but sure shift in the management of the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: from dedicated men with boots-on-the-ground know-how and well-weathered experience, to well-suited, expensively educated yuppies with agendas other than protecting the United States in mind. The instances of corruption, the ideological feuds, and the lack of integrity eventually began to dominate the agency in a way that could have only heralded disaster.

Katie takes it away from there, further setting the Fast and Furious stage by taking us through the horrendous death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and then detailing the well-documented anti-gun history of Obama and his cronies—and that's when things start to get really hairy for the Obama administration. From the seeming pointlessness of allowing straw purchasers to send untraceable (until they turn up at crime scenes, that is) guns into Mexico, with no hope of catching the cartel kingpins; to forcing individual gun-shop business owners to sell their products to known criminals, regardless of the bewildered protestations of honest ATF agents; to the ATF's bitter and dangerous retaliation against said honest agents—the possible motives of the people in charge become more and more ominous with every detail.

Despite the involved Obama appointees' best efforts to downplay the impact of their recklessness, shift blame, avoid accountability, stonewall their watchdogs, and perpetuate the "botched" narrative, the unremitting investigations of Congressmen Darrell Issa, Charles Grassley, John Cornyn, and others have eventually revealed that there is something much deeper, and much more formidable, at play here than the perpetrators would like to portray.

In a readable style that's thorough yet concise, detailed but not overwhelming, Katie presents all of the relevant players in this bloody scandal, and demonstrates the power of smaller media, the blogosphere, and determined individuals like her in uncovering the stories that the mainstream media would be all-too-willing to ignore, instead forcing the nation to finally sit up and pay attention.

While the dubious nature of outrages like the Obama administration's Department of Energy loan guarantees and financial bailouts have illustrated the president's willingness to throw taxpayers' money around, the consequences of this scandal were, and will likely continue to be, American lives. As Katie points out, if the Obama administration is ready to be so cavalier with the Constitution and a few American lives here and there, just to push their leftist agenda—of what else are they capable?

Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and local bookstores.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; books; brianterry; charlesgrassley; cornyn; darrellissa; dea; dhs; doj; ericholder; fastandfurious; fbi; grassley; guncontrol; gunrights; gunrunner; gunwalker; gunwalking; holder; ice; issa; johncornyn; mexicandrugcartels; mexico; obama; secondamendment
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To: frog in a pot

A carbon copy, in quadruplicate, I fear.


21 posted on 04/16/2012 11:50:32 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: MikeSteelBe
No, an election won't fix it but a big change in attitude amongst average Americans could. I don't know if that's coming or not but I think it might be.

People tend to wait until something totally hits the wall before doing something about it. Especially social-political things that seem more removed from a person's life than say a blown engine or a DUI. The former type of problem seems more theoretical, on the personal level, than the latter type even though it isn't.

With our Goebbels-Vichy press it's hard to know how many people are really fed up with things.

22 posted on 04/16/2012 12:06:49 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

“With our Goebbels-Vichy press it’s hard to know how many people are really fed up with things.”

You are right.

One thing all of the Glenn Beck bashers on FR need to realize is that Beck is spending his fortune to try to undo the damage our lying propaganda press has done to this country.

The trash regurgitated by the MSM is as bad as the “news” that enabled the death of 6 million Jews.


23 posted on 04/16/2012 12:59:28 PM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: MikeSteelBe

I always watched Beck on Fox and started watching him on HNN. Can’t afford to subscribe but I would if I could. I don’t agree with everything he says either but he sure brings a lot to the table and it’s definitely not being spoon-fed to him through corporate shills for some new world order. It doesn’t bother me if he goes off on a tangent or makes a mistake now and then. He’s man enough to admit when he’s wrong if someone convinces him that he is.


24 posted on 04/16/2012 1:28:51 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Travis McGee; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; FreedomPoster; Josephat; ...
What was 'botched' exactly? The warrant for holder's arrest? The indictment for holder's contempt of Congress? The plethora of indictments against doj and atf officials for perjury and obstruction of justice? So many more?


25 posted on 04/16/2012 1:50:42 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; wku man; SLB; ...
Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!
26 posted on 04/16/2012 2:37:56 PM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: MikeSteelBe; TigersEye
“Let’s call it what it is. State-sponsored terrorism.”
"I’ll call your State-sponsored terrorism, and raise you the State-sponsored racism of the NBP voter intimidation case being thrown out."

I'll call your State-sponsored terrorism, State-sponsored racism and raise you to attempting to destabilize the border, planned disarming of Americans, generating sufficient social, criminal, and economic crisis to bring about the ultimate destruction of America and transformation into a socialist state.

27 posted on 04/17/2012 5:13:34 AM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: Upstate NY Guy; MikeSteelBe

I’ll see your destabilization and ultimate destruction of America and raise you the destabilization of the ME, North Africa and the ultimate destruction of Israel, as his goal, with a flaming side order of world war.


28 posted on 04/17/2012 9:03:45 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

“I’ll see your destabilization and ultimate destruction of America and raise you the destabilization of the ME, North Africa and the ultimate destruction of Israel, as his goal, with a flaming side order of world war.”

The antichrist may win that hand, but he ultimately loses the big final poker tournament.


29 posted on 04/17/2012 10:27:46 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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