Brooks: Gee, it was pretty dumb to assert executive privilege, huh?

posted at 5:01 pm on June 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Forget the legalities of executive privilege and the partisan nature of the fight over the contempt charge, David Brooks told PBS on Friday night.  Even if the assertion of the privilege is legal, which almost everyone agrees it isn’t, it’s still a dumb response to a dumb program — and it’s only going to benefit the Republicans:

“I’m in general a defender of executive privilege,” Brooks said. “I think it’s important for an administration to be able to have conversations about policy that will be private, so they can have a normal deliberative process. In this case — whether legally the administration is on solid ground in invoking it — that is a gray area. Politically, I think it’s stupid.”

Brooks explained the right time to use executive privilege would be with a national security issue. However, in this instance, the right course of action might have been to lay out for the public how the policy was a mistake.

“I think politically it’s stupid, because it is one thing if you’re invoking executive privilege over some national security issue. This is a policy everybody admits was profoundly stupid. Why are you not saying, ‘OK, this was a stupid policy, let’s get it out there and let’s figure out how it came about.’”

I’m also a general defender of executive privilege — when it relates to non-delegable Article II powers, which the Constitution explicitly keeps separate from Congress and the judiciary.  It shouldn’t apply to people within federal agencies, which derive part of their authority by delegation from Congress as well as the executive branch.  That’s what the courts decided in Espy, and that’s why even the weak argument for “deliberative process” won’t work here, unless it relates to involvement by Barack Obama and/or his inner circle of advisers working to present Obama policy choices on gun-running.

That brings us to the foolishness of this particular assertion of privilege.  Few in the media were paying attention to this scandal, which means that most voters still have no idea that the US government allowed thousands of untracked guns to be sold to drug cartels, and that those guns are responsible for hundreds of murders in Mexico and the deaths of two American law-enforcement officers … so far.  By asserting executive privilege, Obama has assured that the media will be taking a much closer look at the scandal, and that’s bad news for Democrats:

“I think it is a winner for the Republicans,” Brooks said. “It’s funny — it hasn’t really registered with the country yet, what the government has done. When — if — it gets out: ‘Wait, they were sending guns to Mexico?’ — I think it’s such a thing that will startle people. I think it’s a clear winner for the Republicans. And what the Obama administration wants to do with this executive privilege: get it lost in the court system, push it past the election, and then hopefully it will go away.”

Could that strategy work?  Almost certainly not.  While some media outlets yawned at the bodies piling up from Operation Fast and Furious, they’ll have to report on a President that’s hiding documents relating to it through executive privilege.  That will force them to explain the scandal from the beginning sooner or later, and as Brooks says, most people will say, “We were doing what?”


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Brooks wants 0bama reelected…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Oh. The blind squirrel found a nut.

Cicero43 on June 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

… but the crease in his pants is still awesome!

UltimateBob on June 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Ya THINK? ///
BISHOP!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

It’s not really dumb at all, if the White House actually has material showing that the President of the United States approved of weapons trafficking to Mexican drug cartels with the intent that they be used to kill American citizens in order to drum up support for banning firearms.

HitNRun on June 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

It worked with his birth certificate.

tdarrington on June 24, 2012 at 5:07 PM

It”s not stupid if there’s something really incriminating to hide.

Curtiss on June 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

What’s dumb is this tool backing Barackabama based on Barackabama’s ability to read off of a teleprompter.

SouthernGent on June 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

While outrage in Congress was understandable given how poorly run the operation was, it had more than a whiff of partisan hackery about it. Rep. Issa pursued Attorney General Eric H. Holder for documents as relentlessly as Inspector Javert pursued Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables.”

For reasons that encourage skepticism about the Obama administration’s intentions, the Justice Department has not cooperated by providing all of the requested documents. It has not been transparent or forthcoming despite Mr. Holder’s insistence to the contrary. Meanwhile, conspiracy theories abound. President Obama, who opposed President George W. Bush’s liberal use of executive privilege, is in a jam.

This week, Mr. Obama claimed executive privilege as a rationale for withholding the documents from congressional oversight. Rep. Issa referred a contempt citation against Mr. Holder to the full House, which will vote on it soon.

Even if the investigation is deeply partisan, that doesn’t mean executive privilege is warranted except in the rarest of cases. Mr. Obama has lost the high ground.

Be sure to read the Comments. This is All Bush’s Fault!

Del Dolemonte on June 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Rule of men — Holder and Obama, rather than rule of law — comply with Congressional investigation.

Paul-Cincy on June 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

He said “Stupider”

Key West Reader on June 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

To watch leftist Mark Shields watch Brooks was incredibly schadenfreudig.

When you lost Brooks, you lost.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Brooks seems to assume that the White House is innocent in all this. If so then, yes, this may be a dumb move. If however the White House had a hand in the F&F debacle then the assertion of EP – even if ultimately unsuccessful – may be a smart move in that it may buy them time to get past the election before their perfidy is proven.

DamnCat on June 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

The executive privilege argument only has to last long enough for F&F to become old news.

“F&F really? Are you still talking about that? We cleared that up a month ago. Let’s talk about….”

tdarrington on June 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

soetoro and the dick holder have now committed 300 black on brown hate crimes.

Mr. Sun on June 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

It worked with his birth certificate.
tdarrington on June 24, 2012 at 5:07 PM

THIS

Cleombrotus on June 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

While some media outlets yawned at the bodies piling up from Operation Fast and Furious, they’ll have to report on a President that’s hiding documents relating to it through executive privilege. That will force them to explain the scandal from the beginning sooner or later, and as Brooks says, most people will say, “We were doing what?”

…that is what is sad! ^ ^ ^ ^ ^most people!

…and what’s up with Brooks? How did some oxygen get into his brain?

KOOLAID2 on June 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Ed, dumb or stupid? Stupid several mentions, dumb none. Including stupidly. As in they acted stupidly, remember that little diddy?

Bmore on June 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Be careful, Brooks, be verrry careful. You just might get dropped from the Manhattan cocktail party circuit and the crisp pants crease crowd.

TXUS on June 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

The gift that keeps on giving!

Mini-14 on June 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I hope that Mitt/team stays on the economy, not the F&F thing! I know bho/team are knee deep in this or why the ep thing? Smells worse than a skunk chapped! Let Issa and Grassley handle this and keep everything bho/team has done to creater jobs, the economy in front, IMO.
L

letget on June 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

On the 40th Anniversary of Watergate—The Eerie Nixon-Obama Parallels:

NIXON: Invoked Executive Privilege to cover up his involvement in a scheme to subvert an election
OBOZO: Invoked Executive Privilege to cover up his involvement in a scheme to subvert the Second Amendment to the US Constitution which resulted in the deaths of two US border Patrol agents and thousands of mexican citizens.

NIXON: Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Colson and Mitchell
OBOZO: Jarrett, Emanuel, Axelrod, van Jones, Ayers, Dorn, Wright, Holder, Rezko, Jennings….

NIXON: Appointed a political hack Attorney General who politicized ALL DOJ actions and became the SECOND WORST AG IN AMERICAN HISTORY
OBOZO: Appointed a racist political hack Attorney General who racially focused and politicized ALL DOJ actions and became the WORST AG IN AMERICAN HISTORY

NIXON: A lawyer who disrespected the law
OBOZO: A lawyer who disrespects the law, the US Constitution, American values, Catholics, free enterprise, Jews, job creators, American Exceptionalism, Israel, American citizens….

NIXON: Kissed butt of America’s enemy, the Chinese Communists
OBOZO: Kisses butt of each and every enemy of America

NIXON: A chronic LIAR
OBOZO: A chronic, habitual, pathological LIAR – to the billionth power

NIXON: Resigned is disgrace; pardoned by his dumb-@$$, incompetent, bumbling former VP
OBOZO: Hopefully resigns in disgrace or is thrown out of office in Nov. and takes his dumb-@$$, incompetent, bumbling VP with him.

TeaPartyNation on June 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM

The fact that this is the first time EP has been used in this admin is proof that the Senate and the media refuse to hold bo’s feet to the fire and that the repub house has been very respectful (chicken sh!t} of bo.

tim c on June 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I hope to see Brooks in an airport one day so that I can walk by him and laugh at him.

“You’re David Brooks?”
“Why yes, I am.”
“Bwhahaha… my god, you’re an embarrassment to your parents and family.”

beatcanvas on June 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

What if Matthews’ magical tingling leg met Brooks’ impeccably creased pantleg… Think that would open some sort of wormhole?

Chuck Schick on June 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I don’t know. I think it depends how explosive whatever it is they are hiding really is, don’t you?

UnderstandingisPower on June 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I don’t imagine anyone cares what brooks has to say about anything. He’s an idiot.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

It’s not really dumb at all, if the White House actually has material showing that the President of the United States approved of weapons trafficking to Mexican drug cartels with the intent that they be used to kill American citizens in order to drum up support for banning firearms.

HitNRun on June 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

If they were stupid enough to actually put that in writing, and monumentally stupid if Valerie Jarrett and little Bammie are included in corrspondence.

Let’s remember the big surprise though, -they lost the House in 2010. During the high times of F&F they had great visions of a new ban on ‘assault rifles’ and thought they would have Congress forever.

Had they not lost the House, the idiot Holder would be home free. They were overconfident.

slickwillie2001 on June 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Dumb, foolish? Whatever happened to the term evil? What about wrong? What about un-American? What about calling it–for the three-hundred dead–inhumane? What about criminal? How about felonious? Maybe conspiratorial? Maybe some liberal pet phrases–intolerant(of law and gun owners,) Maybe call it insensitive(to widows and children?) How about all the cry-babying we heard in 2008 about other nations not liking us? Do you suppose those families of all those murdered Mexicans like us more?

Please, to call it dumb or stupid is to belittle the shear arrogant evil that was done. This wasn’t a -”mistakes were made” kind of action.

Relative morality is killing America.

Don L on June 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I hope that Mitt/team stays on the economy, not the F&F thing! I know bho/team are knee deep in this or why the ep thing? Smells worse than a skunk chapped! Let Issa and Grassley handle this and keep everything bho/team has done to creater jobs, the economy in front, IMO.
L

letget on June 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Romney has remained on track. I have a feeling the 501c’s will be running the negative ads, and that’s fine with me.

PopsRacer on June 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Bush’s fault will be the talking point despite issa clearly explaining it on MTP that operation STOPPED before obama

cmsinaz on June 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Pants not so creased anymore.

What a tool Brooks is.

jukin3 on June 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I miss the days when news was, you know, reported. In any sane society a government program for sending guns to people who kill citizens of that society with them would be major news no matter who’s president. The fact that this was totally ignored because the MSM didn’t wanna make Obama look bad is just disgusting. Even though I know it won’t happen, I hope people hit them as hard as they’re gonna hit Obama for this.

Cyhort on June 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Brooks is nothing but a liberal pretending to be a conservative. He is a talking head Moby.
“1. moby

An insidious and specialized type of left-wing troll who visits blogs and impersonates a conservative for the purpose of either spreading false rumors intended to sow dissension among conservative voters,…”

pat on June 24, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Uh, I thought this was in QOTD yesterday, but yeah, I can handle some more coverage of FF.

MeatHeadinCA on June 24, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Wah, cried David Brooks.

“Barack Obama is from Planet Stupider, just like Nancy Pelosi. Wah”

Key West Reader on June 24, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Even if the assertion of the privilege is legal, which almost everyone agrees it isn’t, it’s still a dumb response to a dumb program — and it’s only going to benefit the Republicans:

Is David Brooks upset that it’s going to benefit Republicans?

This means David Brooks isn’t pretending to be a Republican anymore?

Dr Evil on June 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

And he ends on his wish… that it gets pushed past the election, and then hopefully it will go away.
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Meanwhile the left’s minions will continue to whine that this is the same program that the Bush admin was running… It’s not but the morons who don’t check for themselves will believe it to be true.
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RalphyBoy on June 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

yep ….we even sometimes use the name of the operation that obama and holder gave it ….. like we did in this case, we liked the sound of it ….we polled a few of our own …like….kill a Mexican for gun control …… or kill a Mexican before you have to deport them ….. then there was Whats a few dead Mexicans really matter in the grand scheme of things ….. but I hope you see the problem ….they just didn’t …… SING

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Aggie95 on June 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

The only reasonable use of executive privilege in this case would have been to protect the relationship between Mexico and the U.S. But that cat is already out of the bag (Mexico was rightfully enraged when the story broke almost two years ago), leaving only one logical reason to invoke it now.

This debate will separate the honest liberals from the “team players”. I’d like to know what Dennis Kucinich thinks about this.

stout77 on June 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

While some media outlets yawned at the bodies piling up from Operation Fast and Furious, they’ll have to report on a President that’s hiding documents relating to it through executive privilege. That will force them to explain the scandal from the beginning…

MSNBC — CNBC — NBC — ABC — CBS — CNN — etcetera ad nauseam will be getting right on that.

Oh. Look. There’s Soledad O’Brien presenting this tragedy filled scandal to the American people now.

MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts is all over it too.

No worries — they got this. The American people shall be informed!

FlatFoot on June 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Have ya’ll seen the vid by Bill Whittle … * GRIN * forgive me for a bit of shameless promotion of my blog but you will like the vid

300 Dead Mexicans …. * SHRUG * ….Who Cares

http://rightwingfringe.blogspot.com/

Aggie95 on June 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Brooks wants 0bama reelected…
OmahaConservative on June 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Yup. Because he knows the alternative will be a laughing stock of the world.

Uppereastside on June 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

What if Matthews’ magical tingling leg met Brooks’ impeccably creased pantleg… Think that would open some sort of wormhole?

Chuck Schick on June 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Good stuff. LOL

bluealice on June 24, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Yup. Because he knows the alternative will be a laughing stock of the world.

Uppereastside on June 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

People don’t dare laugh at Obama … he may add you to the kill list.

MeatHeadinCA on June 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Funny!, says the laughing stock of HA! Funny and pitiful all rolled into one. ; )

Bmore on June 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Too bad they didn’t name this Fast and Underhanded.We could have some fun with the initials F U.

docflash on June 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Brooks is SHOCKED!

SHOCKED! I tell you!

The same clowns who gave us Solyndra and a host of other FAILED programs is SHOCKED! that they could come up with something like Fast and Furious.

Stay tuned. And get out the popcorn.

GarandFan on June 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM

FlatFoot on June 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Can Soledad spin away the truth? We’ll see. She’s scared, though.

MeatHeadinCA on June 24, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Brooks is one of the TOOLS that got the country into this mess by fawning over an empty suit… There is a special level of (bad place) for people of his ilk…

Khun Joe on June 24, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Creepy Creepy Creepy Creepy Creepy Creepy Creepy Cree Pee

Creepy

Key West Reader on June 24, 2012 at 5:58 PM

People don’t dare laugh at Obama … he may add you to the kill list.

MeatHeadinCA on June 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Only to the terrorist looking to kill innocent Americans.

Uppereastside on June 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Pants not so creased anymore.

What a tool Brooks is.

jukin3 on June 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Lol.

Uppereastside on June 24, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Only to the terrorist looking to kill innocent Americans.

Uppereastside on June 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM

What about all those dead Mexicans….
Were they innocent as well?

Oh that’s right..

You don’t give a sh!t about them.

Electrongod on June 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Lord I hope the oh so evil Karl Rove is working on T.V. spots to run in the high Hispanic population states ….you know …something like ….the camera pans across a the desert and stops on a large group of men standing around a large hole in the ground with backhoes working then lowers to 1/2 dozen body bags who appear to be full… a voice issues forth…I wonder if those adds would influence hispanic voters

Aggie95 on June 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Yup. Because he knows the alternative will be a laughing stock of the world.

Uppereastside on June 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Obama chewed gum through the G-20. I think he’s got the global laughing stock job locked down pat.

Chuck Schick on June 24, 2012 at 6:05 PM

When — if — it gets out: ‘Wait, they were sending guns to Mexico?’ — I think it’s such a thing that will startle people.

It should’ve gotten out several months ago, & it would have if it was a Republican scandal.

itsnotaboutme on June 24, 2012 at 6:05 PM

FlatFoot on June 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Oh, gee, thanks FlatFoot. Now I’m even way more dumberer than I was yesterday after watching Maher and Maddow try to debate F&F with Nick Gillespie.

PopsRacer on June 24, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Ed posted this back in September, 2008

Creepiest post, ever.

Key West Reader on June 24, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Good catch KWR

cmsinaz on June 24, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Ed posted this back in September, 2008

Creepiest post, ever.

Key West Reader on June 24, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Boy…The dream, that was Obama, was nothing but Vaporware…

Electrongod on June 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Scouring the web recently, it’s apparent that many liberals, if not most, with any casual interest in politics(i.e. being cool by not being Republican) hadn’t heard about F&F till John Stewart finally mentioned it.

Dongemaharu on June 24, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Anything Brooks says is likely to be wrong. I hope that he and Ed are correct here. I ain’t convinced.

burt on June 24, 2012 at 6:14 PM

When — if — it gets out: ‘Wait, they were sending guns to Mexico?’ — I think it’s such a thing that will startle people.

Even here the insidious lie creeps in. No, they were not sending guns to “Mexico”, they are selling guns to Mexican Drug Cartels. Without knowledge of the Government of Mexico. And not tracking them. On purpose. And there were consequences.

Kenosha Kid on June 24, 2012 at 6:21 PM

That will force them to explain the scandal from the beginning sooner or later, and as Brooks says, most people will say, “We were doing what?”

As long as they explain that what Issa, et al, are trying to find out is, unlike the Bush administration who stopped their program (which the Mexican government knew all about) because of the fear that American guns would, and maybe even did, start showing up at Mexican crime scenes; did the Obama administration start their program (which the Mexican government knew nothing about) hoping that American guns would show up at Mexican crime scenes?

Knott Buyinit on June 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Obama chewed gum through the G-20. I think he’s got the global laughing stock job locked down pat.

Chuck Schick on June 24, 2012 at 6:05 PM

He’s such an embarrassing douche.

taternuggets on June 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Ed posted this back in September, 2008

Creepiest post, ever.

Key West Reader on June 24, 2012 at 6:09 PM

There was a time here at HA when using little Bammie’s middle name was feared a banning offense.

How times have changed.

slickwillie2001 on June 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM

So far the entirety of the DemLibMSM-types story on this seems to be, in order of use:

1. It was all Bush’s fault until the noble, dreamy, steely-eyed Obama came along and put a stop to it.

2.Shut up you racist wingnuts this is partisan politics cooked up by the NRA and Koch brothers using the puppet darrel issa to chase after the african-american AG Holder so he wont be able to notice the gop/diebold secret cabal to supress the vote for Obama in November, (which we guaranteed we’ll challenge in as many states as we have to if Obama loses).

Sacramento on June 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Creepiest post, ever.

Key West Reader on June 24, 2012 at 6:09 PM

How cute, little UES was is just a child.

Bmore on June 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

I miss the days when news was, you know, reported. In any sane society a government program for sending guns to people who kill citizens of that society with them would be major news no matter who’s president. The fact that this was totally ignored because the MSM didn’t wanna make Obama look bad is just disgusting. Even though I know it won’t happen, I hope people hit them as hard as they’re gonna hit Obama for this.

Cyhort on June 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Maddow gave an intelligent and informative expose of the whole thing. 18 minutes long.

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-rachel-maddow-show/47898261

She covered pretty much every detail, in a very nuanced and insightful presentation.

The only very minor thing she left out was the fact that a border agent was killed.

Apparently, this all started because some right-wing blogger was upset over healthcare.

RINO in Name Only on June 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM

While some media outlets yawned at the bodies piling up from Operation Fast and Furious, they’ll have to report on a President that’s hiding documents relating to it through executive privilege. That will force them to explain the scandal from the beginning sooner or later, and as Brooks says, most people will say, “We were doing what?”

They’ll have to? Really? Why?

Midas on June 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM

who cares?
mittens and obama STILL suck!

Pragmatic on June 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

They’ll have to? Really? Why?

Midas on June 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Exactly. I keep reading that now the media will be forced to cover it. I can’t understand that. Why would they feel any more compelled to cover this action compared to any other? Maybe I’m missing something.

taternuggets on June 24, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I don’t imagine anyone cares what brooks has to say about anything. He’s an idiot.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

He’s a symbol for a lot of not totally hard-core leftists who’ll abandon Obama. As others have said, when you’ve lost Brooks, you’ve lost.

Gladtobehere on June 24, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Here is the best Reader’s Digest version of the differences between the Bush-era ‘Wide Receiver’ operation and President Obama’s ‘Operation Fast & Furious’ you’ll read all day. Just two paragraphs — pass it on:

“Operation Wide Receiver [the Bush-era operation] was a gun smuggling interdiction effort that involved Phoenix-based ATF agents working in conjunction with Mexican law enforcement agents. It was a Phoenix, AZ border operation only. They were trying to build a case against a violent group of Mexican drug smugglers and certain Mexican drug cartels to discover who they were and where they could be found. Wide Receiver began in 2005, involved just 400 weapons, and all of the weapons had RFID trackers installed in them. The Mexican government was informed and actively involved in the operation conducting surveillance and interdictions when the guns got to the other side of the border. Helicopters were even used to assist in the tracking. The program was ended in 2007 when the Cartel Leaders discovered that RFID trackers had been installed. No lives were lost.

Operation Fast and Furious was begun in 2009 by the Obama administration and was an unconstitutional effort to build a case against American gun dealers, American private gun owners, and the Second Amendment. The Mexican government wasn’t involved in Fast and Furious. They were never even advised that the operation was taking place at the onset. Over 300 people were killed, including two American government agents. Wide Receiver no longer existed; it had already been shut down for two years. Fast and Furious involved over 2,000 guns. The Obama administration didn’t care where the weapons ended up. There were no tracking devices and no effort was made to track the weapons. Not even helicopters. There was no on-the-ground surveillance of the straw purchasers. The guns were sold and then smuggled across the border, and that was it. Four federal agencies were involved in as many as 10 cities across five different states. Fast and Furious was Obama’s effort to manufacture false information so he could use the information to introduce a gun control bill that was later scrubbed after Operation Fast & Furious whistleblowers from within the US agencies involved brought an end to the operation. To date, no one has been arrested. To date, no one has been punished except for the US agent(s) whistleblowers.”

FlatFoot on June 24, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Brooks wants 0bama reelected…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Yup. Because he knows the alternative will be a laughing stock of the world.

Uppereastside on June 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Nope, that would be your guy. According to a PEW international study published almost 2 weeks ago:

Global approval of President Barack Obama’s policies has declined significantly since he first took office, while overall confidence in him and attitudes toward the U.S. have slipped modestly as a consequence.

3 years ago, almost 80% of Europeans approved of O’bama’s international policies; now only 62% do. That’s a drop of 15%.

And it’s even worse elsewhere. His approval in China has dropped from 57% to 37%, and in Muslim countries it’s dropped from 34% to 15%.

You must be so proud of him.

Del Dolemonte on June 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM

The only very minor thing she left out was the fact that a border agent was killed.

RINO in Name Only on June 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM

The death of a border agent is minor?

I haven’t looked at the video, but two agents died. Note: I can’t stand Maddow, so I won’t watch her crap.

Apparently, this all started because some right-wing blogger was upset over healthcare.

RINO in Name Only on June 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM

So an Obama gun running operation that caused several hundred deaths is the fault of some right-wing blogger upset over healthcare. Troll!

Gladtobehere on June 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Why are you not saying, ‘OK, this was a stupid policy, let’s get it out there and let’s figure out how it came about.’”

Brooksie, you are such a tool. That you don’t know this program of F&F was entirely purposeful puts your sophomoric idiocy on display.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

So as I understand it, the documents in question will specifically relate to the period after the DOJ admitted to lying to congress in that letter…? So what will potentially come out is the discussion of how to further stonewall and block the investigation with likely finger pointing internally about who knew what and when they knew it, which will most likely show beyond the shadow of a doubt that Holder is a scumbag of the highest order. This will be like proving water is more than merely moist, but since they’ve dragged their feet into election year, it would be less than helpful to have it proven in such a public fashion.

For Obama’s exec order to have any real relevance, he would have to be involved in those discussions and be implicated in the plans to deny the oversight committee of the (other) documents they rightfully deserved in carrying out their sworn duties. The redaction rate on the docs Issa is focused on should theoretically be fairly low as well, as they don’t deal with any real national security issues and will simply reveal the clown show at DOJ and possibly ‘Obama’s’ White House.

I guess Bill Maher was right: It’s gonna come down to the Republican’s wanting to prove that these 2 black guys were running guns to Mexico. What would that do to Obama’s likeability index?

CitizenEgg on June 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

So an Obama gun running operation that caused several hundred deaths is the fault of some right-wing blogger upset over healthcare. Troll!

Gladtobehere on June 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM

He’s being wry and is certainly not a troll. Ease up a bit.

Chuck Schick on June 24, 2012 at 7:01 PM

It really is too bad that News Corp. hasn’t yet launched its new Spanish language broadcast channel, MundoFox. Three hundred dead Hispanic bodies and counting thanks to either (1) Administration negligence or (2) deliberate scheming for “under-the-radar” gun control via Executive Order or (3) all of the above might provide pause before Hispanic-American voters pull the lever for a second term. Has Univision et al swept this under the rug too?

Mr Mxyzptlk on June 24, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Now I’m worried. Brooks thinks this is a winner for the dreaded Republicans? Not a good sign.

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

He’s being wry and is certainly not a troll. Ease up a bit.

Chuck Schick on June 24, 2012 at 7:01 PM

A sarc tag would help, but it certainly read like the work of a troll. Anyway, thanks for setting me straight.

Gladtobehere on June 24, 2012 at 7:09 PM

What I can’t figure out is: which bone in Brooks’s body is conservative.

minnesoter on June 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Gladtobehere on June 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I’m pretty sure that RINO felt that the /sarc/ tag would have been superfluous.

Oh, well………………

Solaratov on June 24, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Nice picture of Brooks, BTW. Looks like he is fading nicely.

minnesoter on June 24, 2012 at 7:18 PM

What I can’t figure out is: which bone in Brooks’s body is conservative.

minnesoter on June 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM

If he has one, it’s a loaner.

CitizenEgg on June 24, 2012 at 7:19 PM

What I can’t figure out is: which bone in Brooks’s body is conservative.

minnesoter on June 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM

The gluteus maximus is a muscle instead of a bone, but I think it’s Brook’s gluteus maximus.

Gladtobehere on June 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Yup. Because he knows the alternative will be a laughing stock of the world.

Uppereastside on June 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

What do you think we are right now Yeastly?

Rio Linda Refugee on June 24, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Gladtobehere on June 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I’m pretty sure that RINO felt that the /sarc/ tag would have been superfluous.

Oh, well………………

Solaratov on June 24, 2012 at 7:17 PM

You live and you learn. I’ll remember next time.

Gladtobehere on June 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Has Univision et al swept this under the rug too?

Mr Mxyzptlk on June 24, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Well, you tell us. Here’s a translated Univision article from earlier today.

A senior Republican opponent of President Barack Obama tasked with probing a gun-running scandal refused Sunday to back down from plans to seek a contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Eric Holder.

-snip-

“Fast and Furious” was a botched government effort to allow thousands of guns to be bought by arms traffickers so they could be tracked to higher-level traffickers and key figures in the Mexican drugs cartels.

The practice, used by previous administrations and known as “gunwalking,” came under the microscope when firearms traced to the program were linked to the December 2010 shooting death of US border agent Brian Terry.

Del Dolemonte on June 24, 2012 at 7:31 PM

How can you be a newspaper and say “if it gets out”? So your telling me that if it was a Republican president the press would be complicit in keeping quiet. This statement should be as damming as the government running guns, but it won’t be.

The cover-up isn’t just at the White House.

Corrupt. Pure and simple.

CharlieCA on June 24, 2012 at 7:33 PM

It”s not stupid if there’s something really incriminating to hide.

Curtiss on June 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Which makes it all the more reasonable to continue to investigate.

WhatNot on June 24, 2012 at 7:33 PM

What if Matthews’ magical tingling leg met Brooks’ impeccably creased pantleg… Think that would open some sort of wormhole?

Chuck Schick on June 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I see huge potential for romance there….

jimver on June 24, 2012 at 7:38 PM

By now, even the crease in Obama’s pants should be wet.

MikeinPRCA on June 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Only to the terrorist looking to kill innocent Americans.

Uppereastside on June 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM

But don’t you dare waterboard those precious terrorists to try and save innocent American lives. Only evil BOOOOOOOSH would do that.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

So it was easier for foreign nationals to buy a rifle in AZ than it is for me….and the Foreign-National-In-Chief sticks his d**k in it..

Schadenfreude!

Who is John Galt on June 24, 2012 at 7:44 PM

‘Wait, they were sending guns to Mexico?’ — I think it’s such a thing that will startle people.

Keep in mind, too, Brooksie, that Fast and Furious was conceived and executed without Mexico’s knowledge and cooperation– unlike Operation Wide Receiver. Furthermore F and F made no effort to track the weapons, and there were many times the number of weapons involved.

Also, Brooksie, this is not a partisan issue. It goes to the heart of whether our government is acting on our behalf in a legal way or whether it is attempting to undermine our Second Amendment “under the radar.”

onlineanalyst on June 24, 2012 at 7:46 PM

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