Tom Petri said: “As so often happens with Washington scandals, it isn’t the original scandal that gets people in the most trouble – it’s the attempted cover-up.”
The Obama administration has been the most secretive, dense, and corrupt administration in a long time—possibly ever. Without the media acting as watchdogs, most Americans don’t have any idea. If Obama were Republican, you better believe that every American would know every sordid detail about Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA, and Fast & Furious. But he’s a Democrat god, so, like, whatever!
Attention to the Fast and Furious gun smuggling case has died out recently, but there was a time when at least Fox News was covering it with some regularity. But now, a new book has been written by one of the primary whistleblowers who had a great knowledge of the case.
According to The Washington Times:
“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book for pay, claiming his retelling of the Mexico “gun-walking” scandal will hurt morale inside the embattled law enforcement agency…The gun-walking strategy — part of an undercover case called Fast and Furious — violated ATF’s long-standing policy to interdict weapons from straw buyers…In all, ATF officials permitted more than 1,700 semi-automatic weapons to flow through the hands of straw buyers for the Mexican cartels, with many crossing the border…The strategy, however, backfired when hundreds of the weapons began showing up at crime scenes on both sides of the border, including at the December 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.”
Of course, at the beginning of the scandal, there was erected a wall of denial. After more evidence emerged, some were forced to admit that Fast and Furious was indeed a real operation. But here’s where it gets interesting. Barack Obama claims to have had no knowledge of what was going on. He is claiming plausible deniability–a well-worn political tactic. However, rather than allow the free release of information, the President has used his executive privilege to stop Congress from obtaining more documented information regarding the operation.
The ATF is blocking the publishing of John Dodson’s book, citing potential damage to “morale” as the primary reason. Sure. Combine that with Obama’s refusal to let Congress pursue the truth, and my guilt sense is triggered. It is my experience that the truth needs no cover. In fact, that is almost universally the case, in terms of investigations. If Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are not culpable—as they insist—why invoke executive privilege? There is no need. All of the information that could be damaging to our country has been revealed. The only possible information left is related to personal involvement.
It’s clear to me that Obama and Holder were involved in Fast and Furious. How deeply they were involved is up for debate. But one thing is clear: using the most basic common sense, the denial of publication, plus Obama’s and Holder’s refusal to allow further investigation, points to guilt.
Our President is a liar. Simple.