COMMENTARY | The White House and Congress have been poised for a virtual showdown, as it relates to Attorney General Eric Holder and his botched “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking, black-ops program. Now, it seems President Obama has taken the drastic measure of executive privilege in order to protect his investment in Holder and his place in the administration.
The program in question, known as Operation Fast and Furious, involved to sale and distribution of American weapons to Mexican drug cartels in order to track their movements. Unfortunately, the questionable black-op backfired when some of these weapons were found to have been used against American interests, culminating with the death of a U.S. border patrol agent.
On June 19, President Obama granted Attorney General Holder executive privilege over many of the most intricate documents relating to the program. This step ensures that not even Congress can have access to these vital pieces of information, even as they move forward with contempt hearings against Holder for refusing to provide evidence of how the program was handled by the Justice Department and who knew about it.
For what has been self-professed to be the “most transparent administration in history,” this move does little to reaffirm that statement. I do see the intent behind the program. However, if mistakes were made, it is in the best interests of the administration to be forthright in acknowledging those mistakes. Administering a full-scale cover-up, under the guise of executive privilege, only serves to fuel the fire of those who claim nothing more than Chicago-style political posturing. It is becoming more of a common belief that the executive privilege instigation was necessary due to several of the documents leading directly to the executive branch and President Obama, himself.
Fast and Furious, though touted as a program to infiltrate the Mexican drug cartels, now appears more of an instigation plan to assist in ushering in a further agenda of gun control in the United States. Coupled with the previously reported intent of the United Nations to receive American backing for a global gun-ban, the news strikes a familiar and frightening chord with the law-abiding American public.
The administration has already affirmed its stance that they are willing to give up portions of America’s sovereignty for the “greater global good.” Operation Fast and Furious, when examined in the “big picture” sense, adds another link to the chain of events pushing us toward that ultimate goal.
If Americans don’t increase their efforts in taking these government leaders to task, both Republican and Democrat alike, we run the risk of losing the last great protection our founding fathers gave to us over the tyranny of the powerful elite – the Second Amendment.