Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said on CNN that "there ought to be a special prosecutor" regarding Operation Fast and Furious. A special prosecutor? Are Republicans encouraging another witch hunt of a sitting Democratic president as they did with former President Bill Clinton? It would seem so.
The NRA believes President Obama was involved in this operation and that the goal was to "attack the Second Amendment." That's quite an accusation and based solely on the President invoking executive privilege over documents from the Attorney General's office. LaPierre thinks the documents must "stink to high heaven." Perhaps that foul odor is coming from Congress.
Operation Fast and Furious was the largest "gunwalking" sting operation ever, but not the only one. The guns "walked" into Mexico in hopes of recovering and tracking the guns back to high-profile Mexican cartel. Many of these guns have been linked to crimes including the death of border patrol agent, Brian Terry. One of the rogue guns was discovered at the scene of Terry's death, but it is not certain this gun is the one that killed him.
This is yet another spill over from the Bush administration. Not surprising. During Bush's reign, Operation Wide Receiver began. Another "gun walking" operation. A gun dealer in Tucson, Arizona worked with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives selling 450 guns that were lost in Mexico. Bush's Department of Justice made no arrests. Obama's administration reviewed Operation Wide Receiver in 2009. Obama's DOJ made 9 arrests from that operation.
After the Terry shooting, Operation Fast and Furious came to a screeching halt. Attorney General Holder and President Barack Obama both deny authorizing "gunwalking."
Holder mentioned that the previous attorney general let guns walk, during the Bush administration, but could not produce any evidence to support his statement. Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley even asked Holder to issue an apology. If the prior attorney general didn't know about gunwalking, why would this one? Double standard? Of course.
Democrats are always held to a higher standard than Republicans. A Republican attorney general wouldn't necessarily know anything about what that administration's DOJ was doing with guns, but a Democrat most certainly would. And yet, they get angry when Democrats insult their intelligence. You can't have it both ways. Either Republicans are just as smart and capable as Democrats or they aren't. Which is it?
And to ask for a special prosecutor to investigate whether the President knew about the gunwalking is the same kind of witch hunt Clinton endured from the angry right. That was a waste of time and money then and it would be now too.
Grassley should be the one issuing an apology to Holder and President Obama when this is over.