Obama has played the Executive Privilege card keeping Attorney General Eric Holder’s “Fast And Furious” documents safe from Congress. It was a bad move. Yeah, Bush W. did it six times and this is Obama’s first, but Obama was wrong to call this.
Usually Executive Privilege is to protect White House counsel. It’s a fair hand to play when it needs to protect those from being afraid of advising the president. It’s not always used well, as in W. when he fired all those attorneys. In this instance, it’s not right because it doesn’t really involve the White House. Fast And Furious was implemented at a lower level. I bet that not only did Obama not know about it until it blew up, I’ll bet Holder didn’t either. What Congress wants is the documentation from Holder after he learned about it. He should give it up. I can see them witholding it because you don’t want to give secrets away, but the secret of selling guns to Mexican cartels is kinda out of the bag now, and should never have happened.
Congress only wants this to bash Obama. OK, that’s politics. Congress has now found Holder in contempt (he should have been a tobacco executive). I’m not really concerned about the politics of it. I am more focused on the dumbness of it. Sell weapons to drug cartels? To track them? What do you think a drug cartel is going to do with weapons? They’re gonna shoot people. I don’t think any of the lives lost to these guns could have been prevented if this program wasn’t implemented, but I don’t think they should have been available in the first place.
It was a dumb idea when the Bush administration carried it out (and I bet W. didn’t know anything about it either) and it’s stupid for the Obama administration to carry it out.
Here’s the rough.