But as far as I can tell, the only “botched” thing about Operation Fast and Furious is that it became public.
So far ~122 guns of the more than 2000 “walked” into Mexico have turned up at crime scenes. Maybe the part of the operation that is “botched” is that the cartels actually used the guns instead of just calling the ATF to say, “Hey, we got those guns. You can start tracking them now.”
According to the above Reuters article, ” The Justice Department said that the ATF was not aware of the majority of those gun sales when they occurred.” I find that hard to believe, since we already know that the feds watched many of the sales on closed-circuit camera while they took place.
It’s getting to the point where Eric Holder can’t claim ignorance without looking like he’s beyond incompetent; if the ATF and the FBI were involved, and neither of them bothered informing their boss about the shady shit going down, then he ought to be fired for not keeping tabs on the agencies he’s responsible for. If he did know what was going on, then he ought to be fired not only for breaking the laws he’s supposed to enforce, but also trying to cover it up.
Robb pointed that out last week in his open letter to Eric Holder. The idea that Holder will fall on his sword is naive, though; if it comes down to it, I think he’ll roll over and implicate whoever he can instead of taking responsibility himself.