Word has been spreading throughout Washington that we can expect Operation Fast and Furious to be painted as a bleak and humiliating picture during next week’s congressional testimony holding the DOJ accountable for the “trail of blood” from Mexico all the way back to Washington, DC.
Operation Fast and Furious was supposed to stop the flow of weapons from the U.S. to Mexico by allowing so-called “straw buyers” to purchase guns legally in the U.S. and sell them in Mexico, usually to drug cartels. Instead of exposing the entire smuggling organization from top to bottom as the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms intended, the deliberate flooding of Mexico with assault rifles spun out of control and supervisors refused to listen to field agents desperately trying to stop the program.
The whistle was only blown on the failed program after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died as a result of Washington’s failure. Only months ago, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich insisted the agency did not knowingly allow guns to go south of the border.