DHS Secretary: “Mistakes were made” on Fast and Furious

posted at 8:55 pm on January 30, 2012 by Tina Korbe

From his perch at the National Press Club, where Janet Napolitano was speaking earlier today, The Washington Examiner’s Charlie Spiering brought readers a disgruntling, callous quote from the Department of Homeland Security secretary. A reporter asked her how the United States has or will work with Mexico to suppress Mexican drug cartels. Napolitano responded with this:

“Obviously I think if the question is referring to things like Fast and Furious, I think everyone has acknowledged that mistakes, serious mistakes, were made there,” Napolitano replied, “The key question [is] to make sure that those mistakes, from my standpoint, are never again repeated.”

Mistakes? To suggest that Fast and Furious was not a program that was intentionally designed to funnel firearms to straw purchasers is disingenuous and to use the mild word “mistake” to color over a program that led to the death of a U.S. border patrol agent and more than 200 Mexicans is irresponsible. While it’s encouraging that Napolitano wants to ensure that administration officials never design such a foolish and lethal program again, her language seems too calculated to also create the impression that administration officials have no possible culpability here. In her mind, it was all just a series of “mistakes” from which to learn and move forward — but, again, even if the operation was intended to lead to a different ending — to the prosecution of the biggest fish within Mexican drug cartels — the sale of the weapons to straw purchasers in the first place was not a mistake. It was that tactic that was and is and will continue to be controversial — and Napolitano’s comments should reflect that the tactic should never have been used in the first place.

While the congressional investigation into Fast and Furious is far from over and while those of us who are strongly suspicious of DOJ higher-ups have to fight not to ascribe to them the worst of ulterior motives until those motives are established by the evidence, administration officials should at the very least express a stronger sense of the inexcusable facts of Fast and Furious.

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this really wasn’t that serious, right? it’s not as if a few attorneys general were fired or something…now that’s a crime!!!/

ted c on January 30, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Ah, remember that “scandal” well, ted c. It was doubly absurd because one, Bush was fully empowereed to fire the AGs, and two because Billy Jeff demonstrated just that when fired a couple hundred AGs the first couple weeks in office so as to derail his Whitewater crimes.

GrassMudHorsey on January 31, 2012 at 7:52 AM

“I think everyone has acknowledged that mistakes, serious mistakes, were made there,”

Bzzzzt. Earflaps McSandtraps hasn’t- he’s too busy dodging subpoenas from judges in Georgia to address his crimes in Arizona.

“The key question [is] to make sure that those mistakes, from my standpoint, are never again repeated.”

I’m sorry- where is the question in the above statement? Ugly, corrupt, AND stupid- that’s our lil’ nappie.

Shredding the constitution, murdering those that would uphold its laws, and having dwarfish nincompoops and oversized prairie dogs try to cover it all up. That’s –

Winning the future, the soetero way!

GrassMudHorsey on January 31, 2012 at 7:57 AM

“Mistakes were made”
– Charles Manson

“Mistakes were made”
– Pol Pot

“Mistakes were made”
– The Unabomber

“Mistakes were made”
– Ted Bundy

“Mistakes were made”
– Timothy McVeigh

“Mistakes were made”
– Chairman Mao

“Mistakes were made”
– John Wayne Gacy

“Mistakes were made”
– Josef Stalin


SubmarineDoc on January 31, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Fire Napalotano.. If her being fired is a mistake, well, mistakes happen.

seven on January 31, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Mistakes?! Hmmmm….handing over thousands of guns over to Mexican Drug Caertels…while, as we found out, laundering their money, resulting in both U.S. and Mexican citizens dying from being shot by them. Would you REALLY call that a ‘mistake’?!

RULE 1: “Follow the Money” — How much was paid by the Cartels in the ‘failed sting’, and where did that money go/where is it? Drug Cartel money was laundered for YEARS, as we learned. If it took YEARS for those working on THIS ‘sting’ to learn enough to make arrests and failed to do so, then they are too inept and/or stupid to do their jobs and should be fired; however, see ‘Rule #1’. WHO got paid to launder all of that money? All that money did NOT change hands 9while no one got arrested) without someone getting paid on this side of the border! If I was a ‘Conspiracy’ type of guy, it would appear to me that Eric Holder,Janet Nepalitano, and/or barak Obama was getting paid to ensure Arizona-like laws weren’t enforced, Border Patrol Agents rather than drug-carrying mules went to jail, the fences were never finished, borders weren’t made more secure, states got sued, and the US government dorectly oversaw and ensured successful Drug cartel business on this side of the border. Good thing I am not a ‘Conspiracy’ kind of guy, huh?!

One thing is for sure, Eric Holder committed the FELONY CRIME of PERJURY, not once but TWICE: He lied under oath before Congress, and he submitted/provided FALSE WRITTEN TESTIMONY. He has never been charged with a crime for the 1st case of PERJURY, and he was allowed to retract the false testimony document and resubmit a factual one versus being charged with a SECOND count of FELONIOUS PERJURY! Holder and Nepolitano are crooked, inept stooges, and Obama will not fire either of them. (Again, see Rule #1!) The GOP in Washington are gutless cowards who do not have the cahonies to file charges against either one or to begin Impeachment proceedings against either of them.

easyt65 on January 31, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Mistakes were made. For example, hundreds of people made the mistake of getting in the way of F&F-enabled flying bullets.

The Rogue Tomato on January 31, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Agent Terry’s parents should sue this witless twit for her comments.

LizardLips on January 31, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Mistakes were made by allowing any of these clowns to ever draw a federal salary in the first place, up to and including the heads of DOJ and DHS

jayhawkingeorgia on January 31, 2012 at 9:22 AM

OK. Let’s say “mistakes were made”.

Who’s job is it to provide oversight to make sure these kinds of “mistakes” don’t happen again?

Answer: Congress.

So why then is the DOJ hampering Congress in doing its job here?

taznar on January 31, 2012 at 9:25 AM

SubmarineDoc on January 31, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Mistakes were made – Janet N.
(voice in her head says: “Stupid a$$es should not have gotten caught”)

askwhatif on January 31, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Fat Janet testified she had no knowlege about the program or her troop’s involvement.

She now admits somebody “made mistakes”.

Did any brave “reporter” ask her to be specific? And where did she learn of mistakes? She hasn’t been in the hearing rooms…

Harry Schell on January 31, 2012 at 10:04 AM

“Mistakes Were Made.”

That phrase used to work for Clinton.

TimBuk3 on January 31, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Imagine how a private sector company and their executives would be pilloried by the press AND THESE SAME GOVERNMENT ATTORNEYS had they committed an act against a rival company which ended in one death.

PleaseFlyOver on January 31, 2012 at 10:27 AM

The very fact that thousands of guns were handed over to Mexican Drug Cartels and Nepalitano, the Head of homeland Security, knew nothing about it is a definite sign that Eric Holder, DOJ – who DID know about it, should be fired! Realizing these cartels had all this new firepower thanks to the criminally inept handling of this program and he doesn’t think Homeland Security should know? FAIL!

Nepolitano DID testify that she finally heard about it yet never bothered to pick up the phone or contact Eric Holder to find out about it and find out what was going on. SERIOUSLY?! FAIL, and in the immortal words of Donald Trump, “You’re FIRED!”

…and since it crossed the boundaries of 2 seperate adjoining nations, one being the US, where was the Department of state? why wasn’t Hillary brought in to begin working with Mexico to inform them of this and try to prevent US and Mexican civilain deaths? Someone needs to bring Hillary Clinton before Congress to answer uestions regarding her involvement or LACK of involvement! When, if she ever did, did she learn/know anything, what did she do about it/with the info? If she didn’t know, why not. if she learned of it, did she comtact Holder or pull an ‘ostrich’ like Nepolitano and stick her head in the and?!

Finally, Obama needs to be subpoenaed to appear before Congress to testify regarding when he knew, when HE knew HOLDER knew, what he did with the info, and why hasn’t he fired Holder yet after committing felonious Perjury before Congress.

Finally, again, Holder needs to be brought up on criminal charges immediately for committing the felony crime of perjury (2 counts!)

easyt65 on January 31, 2012 at 10:38 AM

“There may be a situation here which a serious mistake was made and if that’s the case then we’ll find out and well hold somebody accountable to blame it on,” he added.

askwhatif on January 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM

It’s a MAN, baby!

Tim_CA on January 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I always learned there is a difference between a “Mistake” and a “Crime.” Which do we think F & F was?

shooter561 on January 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM

OK, bonus question:

Which cartel benefited from this program? Not sure but earlier speculation in the last quote seems probable, if perhaps very stupid. So, is this thing a two-fer or a three-fer…? How many angles got worked into this, anyway?

So, how far in the bag for the cartels are certain officials in the DoJ? Given their history in Mexico and the rest of South America and the truly vast sums of money involved, it seems a fair question.

Venril on January 31, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Yawn, just another “mistakes were made” passive voice that leaves everyone blameless except the several hundred people murdered in Mexico and the US.

I think it’s time for us to take a look at adopting the Japanese version of doing the honorable thing.

BMF on January 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I think everyone has acknowledged that mistakes, serious mistakes, were made there,”

Same conclusion the voters who cast ballots for BO have come to.

chickasaw42 on January 31, 2012 at 4:45 PM

How about, “We’re still LYING about it. Now, go away.”

Gordy on January 31, 2012 at 6:01 PM

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