Shades of 'Fast and Furious': ATF Let Smuggler Take Grenade Parts to Mexico
In a case comparable to the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-running investigation, ATF agents and federal prosecutors in Arizona endangered public safety by allowing a suspect to smuggle grenade parts into Mexico for possible use by drug cartels, the U.S. Department of Justice’s inspector general reported Thursday.Now, in all fairness, this happened around the same time as Fast & Furious, so I think that these are related incidents. It doesn't make it any less stupid, mind you. What rocket scientist gave the green light to this idea? "Hey, I've got an idea! Why don't we let smugglers bring hand grenade components into Mexico so we can track them?" "Well, make sure you track them. Remember what happened to the rifles?" "Uh, gee Fred, I lost the grenades."
The report said the Office of the Inspector General first learned of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) grenade parts sting during its investigation of Operation “Fast and Furious,” in which agents purposely allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers, hoping to track the guns to Mexican drug cartel leaders and arrest them.
I honestly don't know which is scarier, that this was either some evil genius plan to generate public support for more gun control that went horribly wrong, or that the people in charge of the ATF really are this incredibly stupid. Both frighten me equally. Neither is terribly appealing, either. While the old saw is that we should never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity, this is pretty flippin' stupid.
It's frightening that I'd rather this be some diabolical plot poorly executed than just people dumber than a bag of hammers coming up with these ideas...
That is all.