God, what a lost opportunity. I am in mourning. Just because you’re not surprised doesn’t mean you can’t mourn.
For years David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh beat the Fast & Furious drum, lonely voices in the wilderness. Nobody in the “real” media wanted to go near it. Even the “conservatives” at Fox ignored it. It finally – finally! – got some traction, and then the politicians got involved.
And with politicians it’s all about winning a point over the other party. “What did he know and when did he know it,” as if that matters a bean. Now the “justice” department has finished investigating itself, and to everyone’s utter shock we learn that the higher-ups Knew No-thing! Saw No-thing! It’s all the fault of these sacrificial lambs right here, who are on their way back to academia or something for a while. Yup, our job here is done.
“Today’s report affirms the problem of gun walking was a field-driven tactic that dated back to the previous administration, and it was this administration’s attorney general who ended it,” he said. “Nevertheless, The Justice Department has taken strong steps to ensure accountability and make sure this does not happen again, including important administrative, policy and personnel changes.”
Right. Now we’ll see Holder spun as some sort of hero. Great. But that’s not what’s important. Holder – and Obama, for that matter – had absolutely nothing to do with what made the whole F&F thing exciting to me. They’re political apparatchiks, here today and gone forever. I never wanted this to be about them. God, how I wanted it to be about ATF.
And the irony is that by all accounts (damned if I’m going to try to read it) this “report” excoriated ATF. Granted it’s not the first time and the damned zombie of an alphabet-agency not only always manages to wiggle out but even to get its power and authority increased. Yes, this “report” will be forgotten now, if the government and the “news” has anything to say about it. But still, there it is in black and white. Look at it again, America. Here are your heroic protectors, who don’t give a shit about you. Who’ll cheerfully get Americans (not to mention hundreds or thousands of Mexicans) killed to make a single propaganda point. “Botched operation,” my ass. The only thing that was botched was that the ATF brass finally found something so low even a few ATF field agents wouldn’t swallow it.
Yes, I see and acknowledge the logic of those who said that if by some miracle ATF vanished forever its “duties” would only be taken over by some other federal agency, maybe even a competent one may God forbid. ATF’s only saving grace all these decades has been its ineptitude, and its love of the brutal gesture over common sense.
I acknowledge it – and I don’t care. ATF has been my enemy since I was a kid, watching my own sibling demonized on the news (not by name, granted, but as part of a class) as a foul, evil “kitchen table dealer” because he had the effrontery to try to comply with the law and get an FFL. Oh, that’s a grave I’ve waited a long, long time to piss on. And now I watch another opportunity slip away.
What a symbol it would be – the disbandment of the ATF. I get a little smile on my face just thinking about it. No, in practical terms it might not change much but think about the message it sends. To actually bring the destruction of a federal alphabet agency? You think the others wouldn’t notice that? Oh, baby. I think I need a cigarette.
Hey, activists! Here’s a cause for you, and this “report” could still be a weapon. Forget the damned republican politicians, you think they care? Did any of you ever really believe any of them were on your side? No, but that “report” is still there and it should be shouted to the very sky. Here are your protectors, America! “Seriously flawed and supervised irresponsibly” in their utter “failure to adequately consider the risk to the public safety” brought by an operation THEY started and THEY ran at a cost of something like 85 million bucks, and that’s only the monetary cost they acknowledged.
What does it take to kill a worthless, dangerous federal agency? A brutal, corrupt bunch of thugs that sees the American people themselves as its legitimate prey? Gad, how I’d love to find out before I die.
You are so right… it truly matters little who knew or when they knew it. They are all interchangeable parts with the same agenda: control. The make, model and serial number of the truck is irrelevant to the person the truck runs over and kills. And expecting any government agency to honestly investigate and indict its own malevolent actions is silly on its face.
None of these evil, destructive parasite gangs will be eliminated until people generally accept full responsibility for their own lives and safety. As long as people expect “George” to do it… there will be plenty of candidates for the job of “George,” and they’ll all be evil parasites. The BATFE is no more evil, destructive and parasitic than any other aspect of non-voluntary government – and certainly no less. They’ve all got to go. But that won’t happen until most people are willing to be self governors.
Word, Joel. It’s not like I really “wish I’d said that,” since I wish it needn’t be said at all. But you said it better than I ever have. In every nuance.
What I look forward to least, now, is not the lack of interest in seeing the problem for what it is, nor even the frustration of knowing that Vanderboegh’s and Codrea’s magnificent labors to remedy that got effectively “disappeared” by the usual suspects.
It’s going to be the sanctimonious grins, lectures, and I-told-you-sos of all those who perpetrated the problem, and (even worse) their useful idiots. “We”‘ve validated–again–that whitewash is an effective tactic, and so we’ll get it again–more, longer, and harder.
Hopefully at least a few will newly learn the real lesson here–that appealing to those who brought you the problem for redress, is not a winning strategy.
And did I adequately express my admiration for Vanderboegh and Codrea, who play the modern Sisyphus with such admirable effect? Talk about two men with more patience than I’ll ever have.
Just another symptom of the larger disease. The cancer will not cure itself…
“Today’s report affirms the problem of gun walking was a field-driven tactic that dated back to the previous administration, and it was this administration’s attorney general who ended it,”
In other words, they are blaming it on Bush…
Of course! Isn’t that what he’s for?
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