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Time to look for a job, Mr. Attorney General
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Let me start this rant by saying that I have had some experience in middle management.If there’s one thing you learn quickly in a supervisory position, it’s that it is your job to know what the people you are in charge of are up to at any given moment.If you are in charge of a retail branch of a corporate chain store and it comes to light that your employees’ business plan has been getting people killed, you will find yourself looking for a job.Make no mistake, Attorney General Eric Holder is nothing but a glorified member of middle management, and should have already been dismissed from his duties.According to Holder’s own testimony, he either learned about the Fast and Furious “gun-walking” operation somewhere between five minutes ago and last year.This supposed sting, conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Phoenix chapter apparently allowed assault rifles and other weapons to be illegally purchased from Arizona gun shops and smuggled to Mexican drug traffickers in 2009 and 2010.The idea behind the campaign was supposedly to trace the weapons to powerful drug traffickers in Mexico.It appears that the ATF did not give the idea enough forethought to realize that apart from their psychic abilities, which proved non-existent, that they had absolutely no way of keeping track of the weapons after they left the United States.In a fit of genius, they discovered that they could easily recover the guns when they reappeared at bloody crime scenes on both sides of the border, including one in Arizona at which U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was slain by cartel members last December.The Justice Department has acknowledged that weapons linked to Fast and Furious were found at 11 additional crime scenes in the United States, and that nearly 200 of them showed up at crime scenes in Mexico.First off, who names government operations these days?I completely fail to see how a series of lackluster movies about illegal street racing relates to a horribly ill-conceived gun-running (sorry, gun-walking, apparently the ATF agents in Arizona are a bit out of shape) operation that would have gotten a private entreprenuer a life sentence in a federal hotel.Secondly, what kind of a freakin’ stupid idea is it to send guns to people who are going to shoot you with them?Try as I might, I cannot wrap my brain around what these idiots were trying to do in the first place.Now, back to the problem of trying to find good help these days.It has been established that Holder received at least five memos in mid-2010 that described the operation.He claims that he can’t be expected to read every memo that comes across his desk.Holder had testified in a congressional hearing in May of this year that he had learned about the program just a few weeks prior.In a more recent hearing, he said he first learned about Fast and Furious at the beginning of the year and should have said in May that his knowledge of the sting dated back a couple of months rather than weeks.While Holder did declare the operation "flawed in its concept and flawed in its execution," he back-pedaled at the prospect of taking any personal responsibility for it.He even skirted the edges of defending the operation, saying, "It is not fair to assume that the mistakes that happened in Fast and Furious directly led to the death of Agent Terry."Holder acknowledged that he is ultimately responsible for what happens within the Justice Department, which oversees ATF, but he added that he cannot be expected to be aware of the day-to-day management of every operation.Bunk.If the man can’t be troubled to read a memo telling him that agents in his charge are involved in such idiotic operations, if his system of management allows things of this magnitude to slip through the cracks, he is incompetent and should seek a different career path.