President Obama and Presidential Privilege

Fast and Furious should have stayed in the cineplex, our columnist says

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Okay, which set of bumbling buffoons in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives came up with this stupid “Fast and Furious” plan? The gun sting allowed weapons from the United States to travel into Mexico so that they would eventually find their way into the hands of drug cartel leaders. The reason? So we could keep track of the weaponry and, subsequently, the drug cartels.

How in the name of all that’s holy did these bumbling bureaucratic bobos think that they would effectively be able to keep track of the arms, when the government can’t even effectively keep track of how many illegal — er, excuse me — undocumented aliens are here in the U.S.? Could they be any dumber?

All this sting operation accomplished was losing track of hundreds of weapons, and, according to an article in the Los Angels times, the fatal shooting of border patrol agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

Up till now, not many people knew about “Fast and Furious.” Heck I didn’t, and I know everything. Had it not been for President Obama invoking presidential privilege and Attorney General Eric Holder being held in contempt of Congress, we wouldn’t know it now. But the scandal reached spin-overload, and the American public has been — surprise — finally let in on this dark, dirty little secret.

It has always amazed me of the abject failure of our government to ever learn from its mistakes.

Did bureaucrats forget that we sold scrap metal to the Japanese government prior to World War II and we were rewarded on Dec. 7, 1941 with the attack on Pearl Harbor?

Have they forgotten how the U.S. supported and abetted the Afghans in ousting the Russians 20 years ago, only to be rewarded with their brand of terrorism today?

And now, again, “Fast and Furious,” has come home to roost, as our very own arms are being used to take out our very own border patrol personnel.

Last but not least is President Obama’s involvement in this whole mess. If we can just take a walk down memory lane for a moment, to the time before the president was president and just a very junior senator from the great state of Illinois, where he promised us change along with that silly little matter of complete transparency.

So how come there’s no transparency and he’s invoking presidential privilege by refusing to hand over the requested documentation? Just how much transparency is being hidden behind the veil of presidential privilege? And if it’s a crime for a person to lie to Congress, why isn’t it a crime when Congress lies to us?

Not for Nuthin,™ but I have had it up to my eyeballs with the stupidity and duplicity of this government. But I do agree with the president on one count — we do need change. Maybe we can start with a little of that transparency that he promised, and then he can make good on all those other campaign promises like creating jobs and stabilizing the economy. That’s change we can take to the bank.

Joanna DelBuono writes about national issues every Wednesday on BrooklynDaily.com.
Updated 2:47 am, June 27, 2012
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