Sunday, February 5, 2012

Repeat after me, boys and girls...


Keep repeating that until it starts to sound true. Or at least relevant. Then you'll be ready to follow the argument of the fella who wrote this dumb article.
...House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) convened the sixth hearing on one of a series of deeply misguided gun stings that began in 2006 under George W. Bush. Issa, however, has shown little interest in actually getting to the bottom of how these ill-conceived operations, which eventually led to illegal guns being turned against federal agents, came about and what can be done to prevent similar errors from occurring again...
But it's not about Bush!* No! It's about Issa, who has concocted the strangest, most paranoid conspiracy theory imaginable, even crazier than ... um ... Well, it's just the craziest thing ever!
This thing has gone wrong, was set up to go wrong, and, frankly, I think was set up to deal with Second Amendment liberties of law abiding citizens and pushing into a perception that it was the problem of the Second Amendment as opposed to law enforcement.
Who could ever imagine such a thing? It's just nuts, that's all it is.

Well, unless you consider that some years ago the news went nuts with the fact! Fact! That 90% of all guns seized from Mexican drug cartels came from American gun shops! Which fact turned out to be somewhat less than true, but never mind that. It's still crazy. And since the 90% thing kept making the rounds even after being thoroughly debunked, and some folks are probably still parroting it, it could still be made true if we just keep repeating it.

Try it! It's fun!


See? It's so quick and easy!

So Issa's paranoid rant could only be true if Operation Fast & Furious were actually to have pumped guns from American guns shops into Mexico under the actual auspices of the actual Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, at the same time that they were still shouting their lie that 90% of illegal guns in Mexico are actually coming from American guns shops, which could still be true if only we keep repeating it, and that's just ... um ...

More or less exactly what happened. (See the sidebar for the whole story. Bring a sandwich.)

But there is an upside to all this chaos and disorder, freedom lovers, even though our alarmed writer doesn't seem to see it as such:
When Issa drags Holder before a House committee for four hours to be nothing more than a pawn in an elaborate game set up to embarrass President Obama, that means many more hours — most likely days — that Holder and other key Justice Department officials must spent prepping for their role in Issa’s withhunt. Every minute they spend preparing for this witchhunt is a minute they cannot spend ensuring that the law is fairly enforced, that national security officials in DOJ have the tools they need to operate, or that dangerous criminals are tracked down and prosecuted.
So you see, it's not all bad. The longer these guys stay away from what they see as their job, the happier we'll all be.

*Who did it first.

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