He Only Lies a Little …
… On the gun running issue run by the ATF.
President Barack Obama has long pushed the 90 percent lie, a bit of fiction in which he claims that 90 percent of cartel weapons in Mexico originate in U.S. gun shops along the border.
The fact of the matter is that of the 100,000 weapons that had been recovered by Mexican authorities at that time, only 18,000 were determined to have been manufactured, sold, or imported from the United States, and of those 18,000, just 7,900 came from sales by licensed gun dealers. He was only fabricating the truth by 81 percent.
Now that we know that the ATF directed U.S. gun dealers to allow more than 2000 — and as maybe as many as 2,500 — of those 7,900 guns, it now seems that something approaching a third of the guns sold by dealers to the cartels were conveyed at the order of Barack Obama’s Justice Department. Not only was the president lying about the percentage of guns coming from the U.S. in order to drum up support for gun control measures, his executive branch agencies were responsible for padding the numbers almost another 50 percent.
In addition to the civilian guns, the U.S. government is indirectly responsible for many of the cartels’ heavy weapons as well, though there is no indication that the Justice Department or ATF had any hand in what appears to be greed, graft, corruption, and theft south of the border.
Almost 1/3rd of the gun running that was supposed to have come from the US, DID. Right from the US Government.
Now there are two conspiraricies wrapped up in this. The first one is that the ATF ran such an operation in an attempt to find the buyers. The problem with that is the second part of the conspiracy. The ATF facilitated the staw purchases thru licensed firearm dealers. By doing that the ATF had no way of knowing if the buyers were legit. That is, since the cartels are in the habit of using mules for moving drugs they would probably do the same with the purchases. That way there is a double layer between them and the dealer.
The real crock is that the ATF and DoJ have refused any data requests issued by Issa’s committee. This is beyond contempt. It’s obstruction of justice. Holder should be placed under arrest until such time as the requested documents are tendered to the committee.
What is also known is that ATF have been scattering the various principals involved in the original affair to the four winds. Now it is generally a principle that if you want to eliminate a den of errors you have to clean out the nest. But in this case it is highly likely that the scattering of the personnel is to make it harder to conduct interviews and assessments of those involved.
I fully expect that next we shall hear of document destruction. It is just part of the overall trend.