Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:47 PM
kpete (52,349 posts)
"THE CHAIRMAN SHOULD BE ASHAMED"-On the front page of the National Review-Criticism of Darrell Issa!
Too Fast, Too Furious
Since details about the Fast and Furious scandal first started to emerge, the biggest question has been: Who in their right mind would think that letting criminals walk away with guns would be a good way to fight crime? Thus far, the only explanation seems to be this: The Justice Department thought that tying American guns to Mexican crime scenes would be useful in its attempts to round up cartel kingpins ó useful enough that it was worth giving guns to criminals without bothering to track the weapons as they changed hands.
Thatís not very satisfying, of course. So, some Fast and Furious critics have searched for a better one ó not by analyzing the evidence, but by concocting a conspiracy theory: specifically, that the Obama administration allowed the guns to go to Mexico deliberately in order to increase gun crime there, so it could cite that crime as a reason for more gun control here. And unfortunately, Fast and Furiousís lead critic, House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa, has joined them.
Fast and Furious is a horrific scandal. The public deserves answers as to who devised the operation and what they hoped to accomplish. But the theory that Fast and Furious was devised to promote gun control goes far beyond the evidence, as Issa basically admitted to ABC this weekend, and it does not withstand scrutiny. The chairman should be ashamed to have dabbled in it, and should fully retract his initial comment, unless he has a considerable amount of evidence he has not shared with the public.
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"THE CHAIRMAN SHOULD BE ASHAMED"-On the front page of the National Review-Criticism of Darrell Issa! (Original post)
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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:11 PM
ProgressiveEconomist (5,818 posts)
3. 'goes far beyond the evidence, as Issa basically admitted'--the TRANSCRIPT
of what Issa said on ABC in an interview by Jake Tapper is summarized and linked in the GD thread at http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002852321 .
Before today's National Review cover story, I saw Issa's amazingly outrageous comments covered only on MSNBC.
IMO the National Review cover will make a great visual prop for Democratic House members, if they are allowed to speak on the floor before the contempt vote.