Gunrunner: Eric Holder forced to retract statement about George Bush’s involvement in Fast and Furious
Now that the mainstream media has been dragged kicking and screaming into covering the Fast and Furious debacle against their will we can expect two things: One; the media will try to paint this as a witch hunt being conducted by fringe elements of the extreme right wing during an election year because Eric Holder and Barack Obama are black, and two; the media will also try to pin the blame for Operation Fast and Furious on their favorite target–George W Bush.
I do not intend to spend much time on the first issue because frankly the left has worn out the race card over the last three years with baseless accusations, I no longer feel the need to defend myself or the Republicans on this issue other than to state that if the left puts a higher priority on saving the political life of Eric Holder than they do about getting to the bottom of a program which ended the lives of countless Mexicans they are the ones who are the real racists.
But I do believe the blame George W Bush defense needs to be addressed even though I already debunked it here last November because there are many people who are now following this story who weren’t before and the Bush did it too defense is probably a new story to those people, so here we go.
Many people probably heard about this possible link between George W Bush and Operation Fast and Furious for the first time last week when Eric Holder made a last ditch effort to stave off contempt charges when he said the following:
If you want to talk about Fast and Furious, I’m the Attorney General that put an end to the misguided tactics that were used in Fast and Furious. An Attorney General who I suppose you would hold in higher regard was briefed on these kinds of tactics in an operation called Wide Receiver and did nothing to stop them – nothing. Three hundred guns, at least, walked in that instance.
This was a claim which Jay Carney ran with today. Although he couldn’t remember Brian Terry’s name he did remember that it was his mission to pin the blame of George W Bush when he stated:
We absolutely agree with the need to find out the truth about why Fast & Furious happened, why the tactic, again, was employed in the previous administration, in different operations and was stopped by this Attorney General, why it came about
Under George W Bush the federal government was involved in a gun tracking effort called Operation Wide Receiver. Are there some similarities between Fast and Furious and Wide Receiver? Yes, but there are a couple of differences and they are big ones.
First and foremost, the guns sold under Wide Receiver actually had tracking devices on them whereas the weapons sold during Fast and Furious did not. The Bush administration was looking to trace the guns and interdict them whereas the Obama regime was purposely letting the guns walk into Mexico to prove the 90% lie. And second; despite Jay Carney’s claim that it was Eric Holder who halted this program, Operation Wide Receiver was stopped by the Bush administration once it was learned some of the weapons were lost.
Operation Wide Receiver and Operation Fast and Furious were two separate programs despite Eric Holder’s attempt to combine the two in order to drag George W Bush into the scandal.
But while the media and the Democrats are now trying to pin Operation Fast and Furious on the previous administration the grounds in which this is based is falling apart around them as earlier today Eric Holder retracted his statement about the Bush administration allowing 300 guns to walk into Mexico because it simply is not true.
This isn’t the first time Eric Holder has had to send a letter to the Oversight Committee to amend his sworn testimony and yet the media and the Democrats (but I repeat myself) are ignoring his retraction and running with the Bush did it too story while ignoring the fact that Eric Holder once again lied under oath.
And I wouldn’t expect anything less…..