Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fast & Furious goes into extra innings...

So I heard on the radio this morning that "President Obama on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over documents sought by a House committee in its investigation of the botched “Fast and Furious” operation." It's all very funny: Last I heard from Obama on the topic, he heard about it on the television. What's to keep secret?

And now everybody's waiting to see if Issa will successfully get a "contempt of Congress" vote against Holder, docs or no docs.

And to be honest, it's all very disappointing. Holder is a political animal, here today and gone tomorrow. Contempt of Congress? Hell, I'm guilty of that four times before breakfast. What did he know and when did he start lying about it? The question is meaningless. Who gives a damn? Holder would cheerfully lie about the gender of his own mother if that was on the docket for the day. He's a political bureaucrat.

No, I wanted this to be about ATF. The Inglourious Basterds of F-Troop have been a thorn in our side since long before anybody ever heard of Eric Holder, they're the ones who carried out this illegal, immoral, murderous operation and they're the ones who should pay for it. "Botched operation" my ass - this was all about providing fodder for the "90% of illegal guns in Mexico" lie from the beginning, and everybody knows it.

Shut them down. Prosecute and punish everyone involved. Pull down their headquarters and use the materials to build public privies, then salt the earth where it stood.

Then repeal every single law that made such an abomination possible. That would be a satisfactory outcome. "Contempt of Congress" charges on some interchangeable admin apparatchik? Pfah.

ETA: By the way, have you noticed that the congressvermin didn't get excited about F&F until Issa & Co. turned the focus away from ATF and onto Holder? Tearing chunks out of Obama's AJ is something the repubs in congress can get into, but they weren't at all interested in doing something about ATF.


Anonymous said...

Well ranted. ; )
Miss Violet

Kevin Wilmeth said...

"It's all very funny: Last I heard from Obama on the topic, he heard about it on the television. What's to keep secret?"

Don't worry Joel, he'll just 'withdraw' all those earlier statements. Master can do that, y'know. It's allowed. There's precedent 'n'all.

Remember this exchange from the film Liar, Liar?

"Your honor, I object!"
"And why is that?"
"Because it's devastating to my case!"


Of course, in the movie, the dialog continues:

(resignedly) "Good call."

Ah, the honorable villain. This is, of course, is where fiction meets reality.

MamaLiberty said...

You echo many of my thoughts, Joel. I have a dream where I tell a judge: "There are no words adequate to express my contempt for this court..."

It's a can of worms, no matter how you look at it. One possible outcome of disbanding the BATFEces might, however pull us from the frying pan into the fire. It was suggested at some point that the budget and power currently enjoyed by the BATFE be transfered - lock, stock and barrel - to the DHS. Wouldn't THAT be lovely?

I'm afraid that the only way the BATFE will be taken down and destroyed is as a package deal with the entire district of criminals - and its tentacles all over the world. Grind it all to dust and THEN salt the ground.

Taking out one pimp in a city won't shut down the oldest profession, by any means.