President Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder hasn’t taken responsibility for Fast and Furious, a gunwalking operation undertaken by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives.
Holder did receive memos about the operation. Media have reported at least one US Border Patrol officer was killed and approximately 300 people in Mexico were killed with the weapons bought by straw purchasers and then taken to drug cartels.
To not expect criticism of such an operation suggests detachment from reality.
Holder told The New York Times that racism is the reason for that criticism.
The Daily Caller reported:
“This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” Holder said, according to the Times. “Both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”
Holder also claimed criticism was being spurred by “the more extreme segment,” presumably an implication the Tea Party movement is behind it.
This isn’t the first time Holder has played the race card. In 2010, the embattled attorney general said America was a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race.
If you cut through political grandstanding, it’s easy to figure out why Holder has come under the latest criticism. Holder is no stranger to criticism. After all, he was former President Bill Clinton’s point man on some questionable pardons, like a pardon for members of the Weather Underground, a domestic terrorist group in the 1960s and 1970s. A leader of the WU was Bill Ayers, an educator whose home was the springboard for introducing Barack Obama to politically connected types in Chicago ahead of Obama’s run for the Illinois Senate.
Discover the Networks said:
[H]older was a key figure entrusted with the task of vetting the Clinton administration’s 176 last-minute pardons in January 2001. The beneficiaries of those pardons included such notables as former Weather Underground members Susan Rosenberg (who was involved in the deadly 1981 armed robbery of a Brink’s armored car) and Linda Evans (who had used false identification to buy firearms, harbored a fugitive, and was in possession of 740 pounds of dynamite at the time of her arrest in 1985).
The Weather Underground was known for its hatred of America.
Holder has downplayed cases of voter intimidation when the targets were white people as in the case of the New Black Panther Party, and he has aggressively gone after states like Arizona for attempting to deal with the flood of illegal aliens the federal government refuses to address adequately.
Conservatives don’t care for Holder because of his politics. It has nothing to do with the color of his skin and he does the nation a disservice by suggesting otherwise.
(Op-Ed by Kay B. Day/Dec. 19, 2011)