Eric Holder’s “I’m Incompetent” Defense

I’ve not written about “Operation Fast and Furious” for a while, but it has continued to unravel. New documents released under protest by the Obama administration on Friday proved that Attorney General Eric Holder was lying to the members of the Congressional investigation, and to reporters many times since. He was informed more than a year ago, at least, of Operation Fast and Furious by high level staffers, and they not only used that name but noted the large number of guns being walked and acknowledged it as a problem:

Two Justice Department officials mulled it over in an email exchange Oct. 18, 2010. “It’s a tricky case given the number of guns that have walked but is a significant set of prosecutions,” says Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division. Deputy Chief of the National Gang Unit James Trusty replies “I’m not sure how much grief we get for ‘guns walking.’ It may be more like, “Finally they’re going after people who sent guns down there.”

Eric Holder’s defense has focused upon how incompetent he is — that he couldn’t understand Congress’s “when did you learn about Operation Fast and Furious” question, and that he doesn’t read all the memos prepared for him on issues vital to the Justice Department. (Note that at the time he and other administration officials were making a large point about their investigations showing that “90% of the guns in Mexico came from the US.” He was lying about that, too, not just mistaken.

Holder has said, affirmatively, that no one in the administration knew about Operation Fast and Furious — and it’s hard to say that his own people didn’t read the memos they wrote.

This administration’s cavalier attitude toward the truth (as well as toward the deaths of law enforcement officers and civilians in Mexico and the Southwest) has goaded Congress, and it seems that “finally they’re going after people who sent guns down there.”

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle