Eric Holder testimony on Fast & Furious
Here's his prepared remarks. As might be expected, it amounts to "it was a botched operation" and "give us more money and power." The Daily Caller is not impressed. Reuters doesn't seem impressed, either.
""Can you name me one person who's been held accountable for this Fast and Furious operation?" Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn demanded.
Holder said the memos, despite being addressed to him, went to his staff and did not refer to specific tactics or the operation's name. He also pointed to a personnel shake-up in the ATF and prosecutors' office in Phoenix and that there is new leadership at ATF's Washington headquarters."
Staff changes? Did anybody question him how top brass in that office were moved up while good agents were sent to 'Alaska?'
Posted by: counsel at November 8, 2011 11:24 PM
Government has an inverse reward system in many areas...failure means you haven't got enough people, authority and funding. Like education.
Dianne Feinstein doesn't see the failure, but she is desperate for campaign money. How useful for her to help Holder (while confirming the goal of this op). I am sure the DNCC will remember.
Posted by: Harry Schell at November 9, 2011 09:56 AM
Wasn't the personnel shakeup at ATF the screwing of the whistle-blowers and the promotion of yet more yes-men? How's that a plus?
Posted by: Hobie at November 9, 2011 11:31 AM
The two elephants in the Gunwalker room:
1- Who gave the 'Go-Nogo' order for Operation Fast and Furious? There's interdepartmetnal cooperation and operations across state and national lines; it didn't 'just happen'.
2- What was the desired end result? There was no attempt to track the guns or to arrest the criminals involoved (the ones without badges, that is). There are accouts of ATF supervisors saying that civilian deaths to Gunwalker guns were acceptable because "...you can't make an omlet without breaking eggs". What goal was so important?
Posted by: DaveP. at November 9, 2011 01:47 PM