The deadliest Obama scandal, Operation Fast and Furious, has been simmering for months now. Congressman Darrell Issa’s investigation has been getting stonewalled by the Administration and former AG Eric Holder, who oversaw the program, has since returned to life as a Beltway Bandit. But the arrest of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman threatens to move the scandal off of the back burner.
When Mexican Marines caught up to Guzman (Tacos and Sean Penn were involved. I’m not making this up!), they recovered a .50 BMG rifle at the house where he was hiding. Wanna take a guess where this particular rifle came from? You got it; Operation Fast and Furious. This was one of at least 34 .50 BMG firearms that the BATFE allowed to “walk” into Mexico. For those who don’t remember, this operation was supposed to catch gun runners taking guns into Mexico. There was, however, one problem: BATFE agents had no way of tracking the guns once they crossed the border. Perhaps it didn’t occur to them that the other side of the border is Mexico, and not the US, and that their jurisdiction ends at said border.
That theory, as attractive as it sounds, isn’t plausible. How do we know this? The agents involved are able to dress themselves. Were they really that stupid, they’d be showing up to work wearing Garanimals. Which means, of course, that their actions were deliberate.
So why would the Obama Administration allow firearms like this .50 BMG rifle to get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels? The theory I find more believable is that they were ginning up the “iron river of guns” that Hillary and others have been babbling about for years. Robert Farago at The Truth About Guns thinks that this particular seizure adds credence to an alternative theory: That the US was arming the Sinaloa cartel in their fight against the Los Zetas cartel. In either case, US officials didn’t seem to care that these same rifles were being turned on Mexican law enforcement. There are reports that the Sinaloa cartel was using them against drug surveillance helicopters piloted by Mexican police. Perhaps both theories explain the Administration’s actions. One motivation may have conveniently grown from the other.