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Why ‘Fast and Furious’ Matters

My Sunday New York Post column is a handy clip-n-save guide to the burgeoning scandal, which President Obama has now inexplicably embraced. An excerpt:

Referring on Thursday to Obama’s executive privilege assertion, press secretary Jay Carney assured reporters: “This is entirely about principle.” The White House press corps promptly laughed in his face.

This isn’t about principle — it’s about protecting the AG from the consequences of a self-inflicted scandal with the potential to bring down the president.

Which is why, for a year and a half, Holder and his underlings have lied, stonewalled, weaseled, misdirected, finger-pointed, flip-flopped and taken the Fifth in a desperate attempt to wriggle free of the House Oversight Committee, led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose ranking member is Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley.

You can read the whole thing at the link, and please be kind enough to share it with your puzzled lefty friends who, blinded by their reliance on propaganda outlets such as NBC News and the New York Times, have no idea why attorney general Eric Holder is about to cited by the House for contempt of Congress, and why the president is about to become enmeshed in a mess that only Richard Nixon can advise him how to get out of. Because:

It’s really about stealth gun control

Even before Obama was inaugurated, gun control was high on his wish list, including the restoration of the Clinton-era ban on “assault weapons.” So the most plausible explanation for the fine mess the administration currently finds itself in is this:

Wishing to “prove” the lie that 90% of the guns used in Mexican drug violence originate in America (the real figure is closer to 17%), Justice used the failed Operation Wide Receiver as the model for a larger operation deliberately designed to fail.

That way, they could point in feigned horror at the recovered American weapons and crack down on legitimate gun dealers — the very dealers they had forced to sell weapons to the cartels via “straw purchasers” in the first place.

In short, the truth is that Fast and Furious was most likely a murderously cynical assault on the Second Amendment — and one whose multiple ghosts will now haunt the Obama administration’s remaining days.

But don’t just take my word for it — take Bill Whittle’s too:

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.


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