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Sorry Liberals: Bush Era “Operation Wide Receiver” Is NOTHING Like The Obama Regime’s Fast and Furious

By Gary P Jackson

The Obama regime’s most enduring strategy seems to be: “If all else fails, blame it on Bush.”

The latest lie coming from the regime, and all of it’s sycophants in the corrupt media is Operation Gunwalker [Fast & Furious] was started under the Bush administration, and the benevolent Dear Leader, Barack Obama, ended it.


Not only did President Obama and Attorney General Holder cook this whole thing up, they used stimulus dollars, that were supposedly to be used for job creation, to fund this operation!

The Bush program the radicals are pointing to was called Operation Wide Receiver. This was a controlled program with ATF PHYSICALLY tracking each and every weapon. The Obama regime’s murderous program merely recorded serial numbers.

Townhall’s Guy Benson points out the lies from the regime, as well as the differences between the two programs:

Throughout today’s House Oversight Committee hearings on possible contempt charges for Attorney General Eric Holder, Democrat members repeatedly asserted and intimated that the deadly gun-running program had originated under the previous administration. 

Their clear aim was to muddy the waters on who is ultimately culpable for this blood-stained travesty, to suggest that Republicans are engaged in a shameless partisan witch hunt, and to feed the pliant mainstream media a handy alternate narrative as they begin to cover the controversy. Katie documented why this variant of “Blame Bush!” isn’t remotely applicable to Fast & Furious in her book, and former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy exposed and distilled the Left’s deliberate obtuseness on this subject last November:

The key to [Democrats’] strategy is conflating two very different programs: Operation Fast & Furious and a Bush era ATF initiative known as “Operation Wide Receiver. In the questions from Judiciary Committee Democrats (principally, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer — there may have been others but, again, I didn’t see the entire hearing), it emerged that Wide Receiver began in 2006, when Alberto Gonzales was the Bush administration attorney general…Wide Receiver actually involved not gun-walking but controlled delivery. Unlike gun-walking, which seems (for good reason) to have been unheard of until Fast & Furious, controlled delivery is a very common law enforcement tactic. Basically, the agents know the bad guys have negotiated a deal to acquire some commodity that is either illegal itself (e.g., heroin, child porn) or illegal for them to have/use (e.g., guns, corporate secrets).

The agents allow the transfer to happen under circumstances where they are in control — i.e., they are on the scene conducting surveillance of the transfer, and sometimes even participating undercover in the transfer. As soon as the transfer takes place, they can descend on the suspects, make arrests, and seize the commodity in question — all of which makes for powerful evidence of guilt.  Senator Schumer’s drawing of an equivalence between “tracing” in a controlled-delivery situation and “tracing” in Fast & Furious is laughable. In a controlled delivery firearms case, guns are traced in the sense that agents closely and physically follow them — they don’t just note the serial numbers or other identifying markers. The agents are thus able to trace the precise path of the guns from, say, American dealers to straw purchasers to Mexican buyers.

To the contrary, Fast & Furious involved uncontrolled deliveries — of thousands of weapons. It was an utterly heedless program in which the feds allowed these guns to be sold to straw purchasers — often leaning on reluctant gun dealers to make the sales. The straw purchasers were not followed by close physical surveillance; they were freely permitted to bulk transfer the guns to, among others, Mexican drug gangs and other violent criminals — with no agents on hand to swoop in, make arrests, and grab the firearms. The inevitable result of this was that the guns have been used (and will continue to be used) in many crimes, including the murder of Brian Terry, a U.S. border patrol agent. In sum, the Fast & Furious idea of “trace” is that, after violent crimes occur in Mexico, we can trace any guns the Mexican police are lucky enough to seize back to the sales to U.S. straw purchasers … who should never have been allowed to transfer them (or even buy them) in the first place. That is not law enforcement; that is abetting a criminal rampage.

Another crucial distinction: The Bush-era gun tracing program known as “Wide Receiver” was executed in concert with the Mexican government, which was fully involved at every step of the process.  “Fast & Furious” was conceived and launched without the knowledge of the Mexican government — and its citizens have paid a very dear price as a result.  Even Holder himself has acknowledged that Fast & Furious was entirely an Obama-era endeavor:

Read more here.

It should be fully understood, that unlike the Bush program, the Obama regime embarked on this criminal enterprise without notifying the Mexican government. The regime made absolutely no attempt to track any of these guns from the point of sale to the violent criminals whose hands they ended up in.

There’s a reason for this, something we’ve mentioned before. This wasn’t about tracking guns and arresting criminals. This was about putting American guns in the hands of Mexican criminals, and allowing mass murders to occur, so the regime could use these tragic events as a way to create a climate in America that would allow them to take guns away from law abiding American citizens.

Marxists like Obama and Holder [and liberals in general] have long dreamed about disarming the American people. They understand the only way to fully enslave a people is to disarm them.

Not only did the regime anticipate the mass murders that have occurred, it needed them to happen for their dastardly plan to work. They needed people to die so they could sell their gun grabbing plan to the public.

We have a regime that has facilitated mass murder in Mexico and Capital murder here in America, as American border patrol agents have been slaughtered by guns Obama and Holder put in the hands of criminals.

Obama and Holder facilitated mass murder. Until they have been indicted and convicted of capital murder, justice will continue to be denied.

It’s disgraceful and disgusting to see the regime, and the Democrat Industrial Media Complex, blame President Bush for this disaster. The program the Bush administration put together was successful and no innocent people were slaughtered.

We are living under the most evil of regimes. Obama and his crew of thugs must be defeated. Liberalism itself must be defeated. It’s a diseased ideology that subscribes to the idea that the ends justify the means.

Barack Obama is a student of Communist Saul Alinsky [as is Hillary Clinton, BTW] who had this to say about the end justifying the means, in his book Rules for Radicals:

The end is what you want, the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and ends arises. The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work. … The real arena is corrupt and bloody.

The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive — but real — allies of the Haves…. The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means… The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be…

The real arena is corrupt and bloody.” Alinsky was quite prophetic, as what the Obama regime has done is both corrupt and incredibly bloody.

This goes along with Rahm Emanuel’s infamous statement that no crisis should ever go to waste.

These are evil people guided by an evil ideology.

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