When fast and furious are linked it usually indicates a game, a race, a debate, political or otherwise, or similar events.
Fast and Furious are linked to “gun walkers,” as those who bought firearms with the blessings of U.S. agencies charged with protecting citizens and prosecuting criminals, and who took those guns to Mexico.
Illegally, of course. The illegal buyers of the illegal guns double crossed agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, and federal prosecutors into what has been described as a deadly mess.
The intent, as reported, was for those “gun walkers” to lead U.S. agencies to leaders of drug cartels to help break up the drug trafficking and the apprehension of those drug lords.
That, it was hoped, would curtail drug and human smuggling into the United States. That, apparently, did not occur.
It led to shooting deaths of federal agents and hundreds in Mexico.
This mess involves not only ATF agents on the ground, but federal prosecutors, various other “alphabet” law enforcement agencies, on up to Attorney General Eric Holder and, probably, the Obama Administration.
This is not a “Johnny-come-lately” illegal gun sales and trafficking mess. It has been on going for two years or longer with permission, granted or not granted, from higher-ups in the U.S. federal government.
This seems to be funneling up, not down, from Mexico’s drug cartels to the White House, Attorney General’s office, Justice Department and appointed leaders.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calf.) and Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) are leading a Congressional investigation into the “Fast and Furious” gun mess.
Reaction is to protect political appointees after asking whom at the top knew and how much did they know.
The two are determined to ensure blame is not shoved off on a few lower echelon employees, as is common, particularly in government.
Where it stops, nobody knows.