Obama Faces Outrage Over 'Fast and Furious'

Monday, 18 Jul 2011 09:53 AM

By Andrea Tantaros

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The "Fast and the Furious" is a movie franchise that's been incredibly successful to its backers. But when it comes to our government, Operation Fast and Furious has been an incredibly unsuccessful effort turned into a scandal that's rocking the Obama administration.

Operation Fast and Furious — "Obama's Watergate" as one pundit put it — established in 2009, and Project Gunrunner, established in 2005, were ATF programs aimed at stopping guns from getting into the hands of criminals in Mexico. The ultimate goal was to track the flow of arms and determine how the market functioned, but the initiative has had an unsurprisingly disastrous effect.

The mission allowed U.S. officials to permit "straw purchasers" to buy guns — hundreds of them at once, sometimes — and then to sell them to Mexican drug cartels while the ATF sat idly by, doing nothing to stop it. (Straw purchasers legally purchase weapons in the U.S. with the known intention of later trafficking them to drug cartels).

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