The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a controversial sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the U.S. border into Mexico.
All three have been heavily criticized for pushing the program forward even as it became apparent that it was out of control. At least 2,000 guns were lost and many turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and two at the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.
The three supervisors have been given new management positions at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. They are William G. McMahon, who was the ATF’s deputy director of operations in the West, where the illegal trafficking program was focused, and William D. Newell and David Voth, both field supervisors who oversaw the program out of the agency’s Phoenix office.
This goes beyond the usual “sweeping under the rug” that happens with law enforcement. We’re not talking about a situation where someone was shot in a botched drug raid or evidence was witheld in a murder case or homeless man was brutally beaten. We have a situation where idiocy and incompetence fed hundreds of weapons into the hands of criminals. We would have been better off selling the guns directly to drug gangs and cutting out the middle men.
It gets worse. McMahon is now working in the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations, which investigates misconduct. No word on whether he’ll be pulling a Captain Renault with this scandal.
Now I can just hear the liberals spitting rice cakes out of their mouths and sputtering, “Well, this is an internal thing to the ATF. The Democrats aren’t to blame!” But responsibility in our government rolls up, not down. Just as our Commander-in-Chief bears responsibility when soldiers act badly, the chief law enforcement officer bears responsibility when federal agents fuck up. That’s the way things work, especially when there is growing evidence that the Attorney General was aware of what was going on and the Administration is dragging their heels on the investigation. But even if Obama had nothing to do with Fast and Furious, he bears responsibility. Responsibility is the price of authority.
Everyone involved in this needs to be suspended pending a full investigation. Promotion shouldn’t even be on the menu. But … that’s the way things work in the Federal government and the way they have always worked. The federal agents responsible for Ruby Ridge and Waco weren’t held responsible either.