Darrell Issa is a hard working man. So far, he epitomizes the term elected representative. His latest piece of work, if he can extract enough from the stonewalling Obama regime, may have consequences that reach to 2012 and beyond.
When the news broke that project gunrunner had spiraled out of control (or had it?), there was little more than a few blurbs in the media. Basically, the ATF was allowing buyers to purchase assault weapons in the United States and ship them to drug cartels in Mexico. You saw that right. The idea was to ostensibly expose the smuggling operation and bring it all down in one fell swoop. That’s not how it worked out. Instead, the cartels were able to purchase guns carte blanche, and the result has been scores of deaths across Mexico, and even a few of our own. Border agents have been killed with these guns-traceable due to the nature of the operation. Our border agents are armed with bean bag guns and are facing down cartel thugs with automatic weapons, courtesy of the Obama regime. You saw that right.
Only after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died did ATF Agent John Dodson blow the whistle and expose the scandal.
That’s where Darrell Issa comes in. He will hold hearings this week on what is known as Operation Fast and Furious, and the picture looks bleak for the Obama regime. Initially, the Department of Justice denied the program even existed, but unfortunately for them it was actually a line item in their budget. Oh yeah. Now they’re claiming that it is classified information and are refusing to cooperate. Issa has subpoena power though, and can theoretically force DOJ officials to testify. That’s exactly what he plans to do.
The investigation is dragging because Obama and Holder won’t cooperate. You bet they won’t. Issa calls this Obama’s Iran Contra. Unfortunately, no heads rolled then (and I thought that they should have), and there’s a pretty good chance none will roll here. If Issa has anything to say though, this will be Obama’s waterloo.
He’s getting very little help from the press though. This should be front page news. Obama shipping guns to Mexican cartels while at the same time claiming the border is secure. You heard him say it. We know that can’t be true. By his own hand the cartels are being beefed up with lethal weaponry, and those weapons are being used. Just ask the family of Brian Terry.
It remains to be seen what Darrell Issa has up his sleeve. He’s not the kind to show his hand early, so the Obama regime is sweating it. Arming drug cartels could send such shockwaves through the left wing that they may not recover for years. Yeah, never say never though. I look forward to these hearings. Get ’em Darrell.