Even Karl Marx got one thing right: “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” Fast & Furious was tragedy, resulting in the death of Brian Terry and countless Mexicans. Because the idiots responsible have not been replaced, this was followed by farce:
[Rep. Jim] Sensenbrenner along with Sen. Charles Grassley, and Reps. Darrell Issa and Robert Goodlatte, have sent a letter to Acting ATF Director Todd Jones asking the agency to look into allegations reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The newspaper claims that the agency conducted a deeply flawed sting operation that resulted in a still-missing machine gun being taken from an agent’s car, thousands of taxpayer dollars being lost in merchandise and angry residents saying that ATF officials reintroduced crime into their neighborhood. …
“The mismanaged operation included numerous careless and costly mistakes,” Sensenbrenner told FoxNews.com in a written statement. “Along with my colleagues, I am asking the ATF what happened in Milwaukee and who will be held accountable. I want to know how these glaring blunders could happen. How did ATF — for the second time that we know of — put guns in the hands of dangerous criminals?”
According to the newspaper, the ATF created a phony storefront, named it Fearless Distributing, staffed it with undercover agents and created a Facebook page that lured people to the location all under the guise of selling clothes and shoes. … Once the store was up and running, agents spread the word that Fearless Distributing was willing to buy guns and drugs.
Part of the problem, the newspaper alleges, is that agents spent taxpayer money to buy guns from people at twice the street value.
Why should the agents care how much they pay for guns to resell to criminals? It isn’t their money; it’s ours.
Some say the most serious problem involves missing guns. On Sept. 13, 2012, three weapons — including an M-4 automatic rifle — were stolen from an agent’s parked car. The very next day one of the weapons — as well as another unrelated one — were sold back to agents for $1,400.
An M-4 is a fully automatic assault rifle, unlike the semiautomatic AR-15 deer rifles this same government wants to confiscate from law-abiding citizens.
“The Journal Sentinel story reads more like an accounting of the Keystone Cops instead of a federal law enforcement agency,” Grassley, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement.
If we keep electing the same guy to run the Executive Branch, we would be crazy to expect different results.
On tips from Dr. 9, Berbikr, Bob Roberts, and A. Levy.