Barack Obama's administration supplied the Mexican drug cartels with thousands of high-powered assault weapons pursuant to an operation dubbed Fast and Furious which have killed over 200 people, including border patrol agent Brian Terry, and now in Nixonian-style all the President's men are engaged in a coverup campaign which includes outright lies and obstructionist schemes before the Congressional committee investigating the bloody mess.
Yesterday a clearly exasperated House Oversight Committee was left with no option but to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt after he refused to produce relevant documents to investigators by relying upon the new-found claim of executive privilege.
Even though the Congressional inquiry was commenced more than a year ago on the immediate heels of Brian Terry's murder, the White House now cynically asserts that the search for truth is nothing more than election year politics. Have you no shame, Mr. President? A federal agent was murdered by mob thugs who were armed by your administration, and your only response to the inquiry is a feeble claim of political witchhunt? Of course, the White House never cared about Brian Terry's murder in the first instance so it simply cannot understand that others may be motivated by factors other than politics -- you know, things like justice for the fallen agent and compassion for his family.
Indeed, last November Holder admitted that he did not even bother to muster an apology to the Terry family for their loss, and arrogantly -- and wrongly -- told Congress that "it is not fair . . . to assume that the mistakes that happened in Fast & Furious directly led to the death of Agent Terry."
"Mistakes that happened?" From the start Fast and Furious at the very least was an idiotic operation if not a criminal scheme. Of course, there's always felony stupid which likely explains President Obama's sudden move to block the investigation by dubiously invoking executive privilege over the presumably damning documents.
No wonder the National Border Patrol Council which represents the nation's 17,000 border agents has called for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder as reported by Jerry Seper for The Washington Times: "Council President George E. McCubbin III, a 25-year Border Patrol veteran himself, described Mr. Holder's actions in the case as 'a slap in the face to all Border Patrol agents who serve this country,' adding that the attorney general has shown 'an utter failure of leadership at the highest levels of government.'"
When the top law enforcement officer in the country no longer has the confidence of the boots on the ground it's time for him to resign.