I am not a big fan of Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, I admit that. His stance on dumping the poor of his nation onto the streets of ours with the full understanding that the great majority of money made in the United States will be shipped back to bolster Mexico's economy while all of the social programs of the United States will be there to provide for the citizens he has encouraged to cross the border kind of ticks me off.
However, the retaliation for that should not be the dumping of thousands of weapons on the streets of Mexico to encourage international drug cartels to kill each other and whoever gets in their way. Our government is guilty of nothing less. I doubt that it was in "retaliation", but that was just a bit of snark in an otherwise serious post.
Who is the bigger fool, Calderon or us? Poor Mr. Calderon only thought that he was doing what was right for his country, bolstering his GDP while leaving the wealthy nation to the north to pay for the health and welfare of Mexico's citizens. Barack Obama, thought he was going to get a steady stream of American supplied weapons to point to in order to impose stricter gun laws in the United States while at the same time providing an excuse to increase the budget of the ATF to stem the flow of these weapons.
Were it not for the unfortunate death of Customs and Border Protection Agent Brian Terry, this might have gone on for years longer. Now that CBS has done a full-throttle report on it we don't have to worry about word getting out, but we should pay a little more attention to the implications beyond Project Gunwalker.
Felipe Calderon is in a bad position. He must now wake up to the fact that while his life has been under threat by drug-running gangs, his hermano to the north was busy shipping weapons to the border to be used by the same criminal gangs that have murdered over 26,000 people since 2006. Now, Mr. Calderon might look at this cynically and think that a lot of those 26,000 were rival gang members and there was no substantial loss to humanity, but it has become increasingly apparent that even if that were true at one time, the tactics have changed in the two years since Project Gunwalker (Fast and Furious) has been in effect.
Here's what we know, or should know: 1) most of the heavy weapons being used by the cartels in Mexico come from either China, former Soviet Union states, independent gun runners or weapons sold by the United States to Latin American governments. These are the fully-automatic weapons, the grenade launchers, grenades themselves and heavy machine guns. 2) that the semi-automatic weapons being sold by American gun shops and at gun shows, even though they look like fully-automatic AK-47's and AR-15's, are being sold legally and to straw purchasers with the complicity of the ATF, Department of Justice and probably even the Department of State. 3) that an increase in border violence has mirrored the development of Project Gunwalker (Fast and Furious).
Perhaps Mr. Calderon wasn't too worried about these weapons coming across the border because most of them, the semi-automatic type, were being used by Mexican gangs in AMERICA. Now, we, us, you and me, need to come to grips with the idea that our president, Barack Obama, doesn't seem to care that these illegal weapons that have gone down to Mexico with the AID of the ATF, have done their killing on the south side of the border and have been U-turned back toward the citizens of the United States. The flood of semi-automatic weapons coming from Mexico to the US should be the concern here, at least on a level equal to that of the fact that they are going south.
Yet, what is the response from the big meeting in Washington DC over the weekend? Where is Obama on this issue?
Here it is presented to you by Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars, the key man in this expose along with David Codrea. Don't ever let them tell you it was CBS News. While I am grateful to finally have a major media outlet exposing this, it was the hard, dogged work of Mike and David that brought this scandal to light.
Graciously linked at War On Guns.
Graciously linked at Sipsey Street Irregulars.
Graciously linked at Western Rifle Shooters Association.