Friday, September 21, 2012
Obama Caught In Another Lie At Univision Over Fast And Furious
President Obama's attempted pander fest at the Univision forum yielded yet another outright lie, and the president was busted by Jake Tapper's political Punch at ABC News:
Asked about the Fast and Furious program at the Univision forum on Thursday, President Obama falsely claimed that the program began under President George W. Bush.
“I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration,” the president said. “When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it. We assigned a inspector general to do a thorough report that was just issued, confirming that in fact Eric Holder did not know about this, that he took prompt action and the people who did initiate this were held accountable.”
As ABC points out,President Obama is lying through his teeth on this one. 'Fast and Furious' started October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency. It's their baby.
The Bush program, called 'Wide Receiver' had some important differences with the Obama program. A fraction of the amount of weapons were shipped over the border, there was active surveillance and tracking devices installed on all of them and most importantly, 'Wide Receiver' was done with the full knowledge and cooperation of the Mexican government.
None of this is true about 'Fast and Furious' .
Also unlike 'Fast and Furious' no one died as a result of 'Wide Receiver'. It was the Bush Administration, NOT Eric Holder who terminated Wide Receiver in early 2008 when they realized that the tracking devices had developed problems, but thanks to the active surveillance almost all the weapons were recovered safely. Compare that to Fast and Furious, where hardly any of the weapons were recovered because there was no active surveillance, only a small amount of the weapons have been recovered, and the Mexican government is outraged because of this blatant violation of their sovereignty was carried out without their knowledge, and the political fallout for them was horrendous. Over 300 deaths of Mexican nationals resulted from Obama's 'Fast and Furious' as well as the death of an American border patrol agent, Brian Terry.
Certainly the Latino audience at the Univision Forum deserves to know how cavalierly the Obama Administration treated the lives of Mexican nationals.
I frankly am sick and tired of this president's consistent failure to man up and take responsibility for anything. He probably blames his caddy for his golf score.
Many men are said to have grown as a result of the challenges of the presidency. Barack Obama has not. He continues, at heart, to be the community organizer and Chicago pol he was before, constantly looking for loopholes and ways to point the finger at others for his failures.