Let me be totally up-front about my complete ambivalence to Speaker of the House John Boehner’s career as a congressman, and his current tenure as Speaker of the House. I have no strong feelings about his overall performance one way or the other.
Now that my position is perfectly clear on that, let me explain why he needs to be fired from his job, and replaced with a Speaker that values the Constitution and the rule of law more than he loves political power.
It has now been 15 months since Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered on Peck’s Canyon Arizona by a cartel rip crew led by an FBI criminal informant. Within 48 hours of his death, top officials in DOJ were aware of the fact that multiple weapons discarded by the rip crew had been traced back to Operation Fast and Furious, a joint effort of the BATFE, DEA, and FBI within the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security, elements of the IRS’s CID, and if conducted with even the thinnest veneer of legality, the State Department.
Operation Fast and Furious was a gun-walking plot dependent on guns being “walked” over the border to the Sinaloa drug cartel. In particular, the plot was entirely dependent on these walked guns being used in violent crimes, and then traced. It is predicated on the cartel’s standard operating procedure of treating firearms as disposable commodities, discarding weapons after they have been used in murders at or near the scene of the crime,so that the weapon could not be tied back to any given shooter in a string of killings.
Let’s be very explicit about this, so that no context can be lost: Operation Fast and Furious was conceived, authorized, and executed knowing that Mexican citizens would be violently murdered as a necessary part of the plot. This is beyond dispute, and admitted to in sworn congressional testimony by BATFE agents.
Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales, who is conducting a criminal investigation of violations of Mexican laws, states that more than 300+ Mexican citizens are known to have been murdered with Fast and Furious weapons. Thousand more of the weapons are still missing, assuring that hundreds more Mexican citizens may die in years to come as a result of Operation Fast and Furious.
Shortly after Operation Fast and Furious was exposed by BATFE whistleblowers, Attorney General Eric Holder had acting DOJ Inspector General Cynthia Schnedar launch an investigation into the gun-walking plot. 15 months after Brian Terry’s death, Schnedar has had plenty of time to answer the three basic questions that any competent investigator should have been able to uncover in the first weeks of the investigation.
- Who conceived this radical departure from normal law enforcement practices? Who conceived an operation that depended upon the deaths of hundreds or thousands of Mexican nationals for its success?
- Which Department of Justice officials saw that Operation Fast and Furious was dependent on hundreds or thousands of firearms being given to the cartels and recovered at the scenes of crimes, knew that the crimes in question were likely to be murders of Mexican nationals or U.S. citizens along the Mexican border where the cartels operate, and approved the operation anyway?
- Knowing that Operation Fast and Furious could be the political and criminal albatross that drives away moderates and Latino voters and destroys his chances of winning a second term, why does President Obama refuse to appoint a special prosecutor or, at the very least, call for Eric Holder and his direct reports to resign?
A Speaker of the House that truly represents the best interests of the House of Representatives and the American people would demand answers to these most basic of questions. He would understand the gravity of the scandal, the deadliest political scandal in history of the Republic. He would understand that such high level collusion across all majority law enforcement agencies in the Executive Branch, and involving four Cabinet level departments, is a major constitutional crisis. Operation Fast and Furious should demand his full attention, even more than the transient pains of our current economic crisis and low-intensity foreign wars.
As Speaker of the House, it is John Boehner’s duty to protect and defend the Constitution, especially since he is the de facto leader of the “loyal opposition” within the federal government.
He, more than anyone, has the moral responsibility to hold this Administration in compliance with the laws and treaties of this nation. Boehner, more than anyone, has a responsibility to the American people to demand that DOJ IG Schendar release her findings in a timely manner.
Schnedar has had more than enough time to complete her investigation. Boehner has refused to call for the IG’s report. Even worse, insiders with sources inside the DOJ claim Boehner is actively involved in trying to muzzle the House Oversight Committee’s investigation.
A Speaker of the House that does not fervently fight for the rule of law and demand accountability is derilict in his duties, and must be replaced.
The American people deserve better, and the crimes against the people of Mexico demand it.