|Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.|
The brazen, tragic loss of life was anticipated by Brian's fellow agents, who had been ordered to "stand down" and made to watch while large numbers of guns were ordered, purchased and carried over the border into Mexico. Rank and file Border Patrol agents out on the line were incredulous that all these guns were just being let loose into the hands of Mexican drug gangs who routinely murdered Mexican law enforcement, citizens and each other. It wasn't hard to guess the consequences of such a policy:
"At least 122 firearms from a botched U.S. undercover operation have been found at crime scenes in Mexico or intercepted en route to drug cartels there, according to a Republican congressional report being issued on Tuesday."Purportedly the "higher ups" were interested in identifying and catching the Mexican criminals who would purchase such weapons, however, it turns out that the individuals were already known by the FBI, and that the weapons sold did nothing to change the dynamic with the Mexican drug gangs.
One theory is that the whole effort was to paint US gun laws as responsible for Mexican drug violence. Knowing the obvious risks, who then would come up with such an idiotic plan that put lives at risk for the purpose of tilting a political argument in their favor?
If "Operation Fast and Furious" was merely a botched attempt at law enforcement, why was a supervisor of the operation, David Voth, "jovial, if not, not giddy but just delighted about" marked guns showing up at crime scenes in Mexico, as career Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent John Dodson told Rep. Darrell Issa's House Oversight Committee?Why indeed?