What was the purpose of Fast and Furious?

Paul Mirengoff at Powerline disagrees with the view, widely held among conservatives, that Fast and Furious was a plot to increase gun violence in Mexico so as to strengthen the case for more gun control laws in the U.S. He thinks F&F was a badly conceived operation to target Mexican criminals, and that the purpose of the cover-up, including the claim of executive privilege, is simply to cover up criminal Commie Holder’s lies to Congress.

Mirengoff’s commenters almost universally disagree with him, particularly Wayne Buelow, who writes:

Paul, I don’t think the intent was an increase in violence in Mexico. There was plenty of that already going on. I think the intent was to make sure guns from the US were responsible for the violence that was already occurring. Guns that could be traced back to the US. That I think was the logic anyway. I don’t believe that they considered any US deaths as a result of their plan. And I believe that when this plan was conceived the Obama administration did not see the 2010 mid-term defeat for the Democrats. They probably thought the economy would be getting much better by then and the Democrats would strengthen their majorities in the 2010 elections. The Obama 2008 victory was suppose to be the beginning of the great liberal golden age. With the help of the MSM they thought F&F would never come to light. Ending the 2nd amendment is a very noble liberal cause. I also believe that when Obama told Mrs. Brady that he was pursuing gun control “under the radar” he was referring to things like F&F. Finally I believe this bunch isn’t much smarter than the Apple Dumpling Gang.
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James N. writes:

I don’t think there is any doubt that F&F was a “heighten the contradictions” operation right out of the Ayers-Dohrn-Gold faction of what became the Weather Underground.

The second generation, those who are children (spiritual and biological) of the SDS crowd are more dangerous, and the man in the White House is their leader.

The coverup, even to the point of invoking executive privilege, is interesting. I imagine there was a meeting to sign off on an op this big, and it is likely that both Obama and Hillary were there.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 24, 2012 01:55 PM | Send

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