And then there is Mr. Holder himself. In an interview with the New York Times last December, the Attorney General claimed the “more extreme segment” of his numerous critics were really after the president and that he served as a viable substitute. “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” he said, “both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.” Mr. Holder further contended that his being drawn into the Fast and Furious investigation was “payback” for the way former Bush administration AGs John Ashcroft and Alberto R. Gonzales were treated by their critics. “They want to go after some high-level official in the administration,” Mr. Holder said. It is worth remembering that less than one month after he began serving as Attorney General Holder also called American “a nation of cowards” regarding racial matters.
All of this calculated odiousness regarding race is designed to obscure reality. More than 2000 guns were “walked” into Mexico, unbeknownst to the Mexican government. Several of them ended up in the hands of drug cartel members. Documents obtained by CBS News reveal that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using Fast and Furious to argue for more gun restrictions. Despite DOJ claims of cooperation, less than ten percent of the documents related to the scandal have been turned over to the Committee. Wiretap applications obtained by the Committee reveal that high level DOJ officials were involved in the scandal. Mr. Holder was sent a series of memos detailing the gunwalking tactics, but he claimed he never read any of them. Mr. Holder has failed to comply with several Committee subpoenas. Two claims made by DOJ have been “retracted,” which is legalese for lying. Every effort to get at the truth has been stonewalled, first by the Attorney General, and now by president Obama himself, who issued an executive order to keep a lid on the worst government scandal since Watergate.
Racism? Tell that to the parents of slain border agent Brian Terry. They are suing the DOJ and the (ATF) for $25 million. Is it racist to want to know who is ultimately responsible for their son’s death? How about the Mexican civilians? Since most of them are non-white, why isn’t the effort to suppress information regarding their murders–numbering in the hundreds–considered racist?
Darrell Issa and company want to discover the most basic elements of any cover-up: who knew what, and when did they know it? Those who would coat that effort with a patina of racism, even as they ignore the carnage Fast and Furious has produced–and those in the media who would aid and abet such demagoguery–are beyond reprehensible. Quite simply, these are American leftists who prefer protecting the careers of one or more high-level government officials, over bringing some kind of closure–as in justice–to hundreds of families whose lives have been shattered by bureaucratic malfeasance at best, and outright criminality at worst. And they’re willing to play the race card to do it. Shame on every one of them.
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