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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 02:37 PM
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48. The problem is that "Washington" isn't all one thing.
People far too often think of the federal government as being one thing, a unified entity with a unified purpose and decision-making tree. In actuality, it's dozens of agencies with hundreds of decision-makers, and territorial squabbles both between agencies and between decision-makers within an agency. It's like "Gunwalker" that you referenced. Saying "the government decided to smuggle guns to the cartels" isn't accurate--someone in the ATF decided to smuggle guns to the cartels. Probably as a means to get more power and influence for the ATF. Or you've got this, where a federal agency ends up laundering drug money for the cartels, out of an attempt to STOP money laundering. And because of territoriality, there's fewer people in the loop to say "Jeez, this is a really bad idea."
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