Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Perry: Holder must step down or be fired

Written By: Bob - Nov• 22•11

Texas Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry blasted Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious, stating it was time for Obama’s henchman to leave for being incompetent or a criminal.

Mr. Holder’s proclaimed ignorance leaves Americans to draw one of two conclusions: Either he is guilty of extraordinary bureaucratic incompetence or he is guilty of a cover-up meant to shield him from the consequences of an operation that has left at least one federal agent dead and continues to imperil many more.

Either way, it is high time for Mr. Holder to step down. If he refuses to resign, Mr. Obama must fire him immediately.

Under the attorney general’s leadership, our nation’s top law enforcement agency proactively armed some of the most dangerous criminal organizations in North America, and at least one American is dead as a direct result. The damage done to Mr. Holder’s credibility is irreparable.

I tend to disagree with the “either/or” option that Gov. Perry gives us, as the evidence I’ve seen suggests that the truth is most likely the option that Eric Holder is both incompetent and a criminal. In any event, I think he’s right. It is impossible for Holder to function credibly as the Attorney General when suspected of being involved in an on-going criminal conspiracy and it’s coverup.

Perry’s op-ed strikes the right note and is an example of why people had such high hopes when he entered the Presidential race. He had good instincts and has a knack for getting things done. It’s too bad most Americans vote based upon sound-bites and debate performance over substance and record.

As for Holder, I’m wondering if he’ll make it through the holidays as Attorney General. I rather suspect he will discover a desire to “spend time with his family and resign” between Thanksgiving and Christmas, perhaps in exchange for a pardon if he continues to conceal what he knows about the White House’s involvement in the plot.

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