Critics of the administration made it clear that these various programs may offer evidence of a widespread desire within the Obama administration to arm criminals using multiple cabinet-level departments. They supplied thousands of weapons to the cartels, perhaps more than enough to arm a U.S. Army division.
Horowitz also glossed over evidence that ATF “targets” of Fast and Furious were FBI informants and DEA moles. The reported ATF justification for sending thousands of weapons to the cartels was to find out who the higher-ups in the organization were that ordering the weapons. Yet the men ordering the weapons were already DOJ intelligence assets, completely undermining the official justification for the gunwalking. This is a major point of conflict, and one that strongly suggests that the alleged purpose of the gunwalking was a poorly contrived cover story.
Horowitz also does not attempt to ask any of the ATF/DEA/FBI/DOJ agents, supervisors, and management familiar with the gun-walking program why any of them thought that senior cartel officials would partake in a task as mundane as weapons acquisition. This is a foundational question which anyone honestly dealing with the scandal would ask.
The executive staffs of legal billion-dollar enterprises do not waste their time personally ordering toner and copy paper and personal computers for their employees, and the leaders of billion-dollar drug cartels are likewise engaged in more pressing matters of policy, alignment, and strategy. No rational person would expect the inner circle of drug cartels to be involved in something as basic as acquiring small batches of weapons from U.S. civilian gun dealers — especially when more powerful military-grade weapons could be imported for far less cost along their existing smuggling routes.
Asking the question would undermine the Department of Justice’s paper-thin justification for purposely walking thousands of weapons over the border. Horowitz simply did not desire to seek the truth.
Other news outlets will offer far more on this whitewash report, noting that Horowitz’s report does not remotely clear Attorney General Holder or other DOJ officials of perjury, nor address the possible criminal violations committed by these gun-walking operations — including felony violations of the Arms Export Control Act, the Kingpin Act, and possible RICO violations.
Horowitz refuses to address the possible criminality of Obama administration officials at all.
Inspector General Horowitz has accomplished precisely one thing with his long-delayed report: further establish that the only way to get to the bottom of this bloody scandal that has cost 300 or more lives so far is a criminal investigation conducted by an independent prosecutor.