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October 5, 2011

Truth Make All The Difference In A Story - But Not To The AP

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media, Political News and commentaries

Katie Pavlich's piece at Townhall pointing out the Associated Press' attempt to turn the pressure away from Attorney General Eric Holder on Operation Fast and Furious by turning it onto the Bush Administration provides a now-typical example of how the mainstream media turn facts upside down and simply make s**t up to cover for a Democrat administration's bungles and lies.

As Pavlich points out, the AP story she addresses leaves out the key points on Fast and Furious - those key points being the difference between truth and fiction:

The Associated Press is reporting the following:
The federal government under the Bush administration ran an operation that allowed hundreds of guns to be transferred to suspected arms traffickers -- the same tactic that congressional Republicans have criticized President Barack Obama's administration for using, two federal law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

When Bush, a Republican, was president, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Tucson, Ariz., used a similar enforcement tactic in a program it called Operation Wide Receiver. The fact that there were two such ATF investigations years apart in separate administrations raises the possibility that agents in still other cases may have allowed guns to "walk."

Interesting story, but there's one little problem with it. What the AP is saying and implying is simply not true.

Fortunately for those interested in the truth of the matter, Pavlich points out the key differences between the Bush administration's operation and that of the Obama administration ... and that difference is huge. The Bush administration's operation resulted in capturing dangerous Mexican criminals, the Obama administration's operation resulted in aiding them to murder innocent people.

The problem is, the "same tactic" under heavy criticism by the House Oversight Committee was not used under President Bush. Operation Fast and Furious started in Fall 2009 and was an offshoot of the Project Gunrunner program implemented under the Bush Administration. Project Gunrunner started as a pilot program in Laredo, Texas and went national in 2006. Project Gunrunner involved the surveillance of straw purchasers buying weapons, but those purchasers were immediately apprehended before crossing back into Mexico or tranferring arms to dangerous criminals. Shortly after Obama took office, Operation Fast and Furious allowed straw purchasers working for Mexican drug cartels to purchase mass amount of weapons in the United States and then take them back to Mexico in addition to allowing them to be lost at stash houses and tranferred to dangerous cartel members. ATF agents who have testified before Congress about the program said the idea was to "trace" those weapons, but the tracing ended up being a total failure as GPS batteries ran out and thousands of guns were lost in Mexico and only found at final violent crime scenes. Did both operations allow for straw purchasers to buy guns under ATF/DOJ surveillance? Yes, however, the key difference between Operation Fast and Furious under Obama and Project Gunrunner under Bush is that under Obama guns were allowed to go back into Mexico without interdiction or arrests.
Truth makes all the difference. That is, except for members of the Obama administration such as Eric Holder, and of course, the AP's journalists that cover for them.

Posted by Hyscience at October 5, 2011 6:33 AM

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