While the White House, Eric Holder, and the liberal talking heads continue blaming Bush for the Obama administrations fumbles in the Fast and Furious gun walking operation gone bad, they cannot see the distinct difference between operation Wide Receiver and operation Fast and Furious. The differences are fairly profound and distinct.
The main differences are these: Wide Receiver involved Phoenix-based ATF agents, working with Mexican law enforcement in an attempt to build a case against violent Mexican drug smugglers. Fast and Furious on the other hand was an effort to make a case against American gun dealers and the Second Amendment of the United States. Both were orchestrated by their respective administrations with completely different goals. One was to go after criminals and the other was to go after the Constitution and law abiding citizens.
Operation Wide Receiver began in 2005 and it involved 400 guns. Every weapon had RFID trackers installed on them and they were continually tracked. The Phoenix ATF and the DOJ were the ones actively involved in the operation, tracking the guns to see which cartels they would end up at for the purposed of informing the Mexican government as to where they were.
Unlike the Obama administration, the Bush administration notified the Mexican government when the weapons crossed their border. We know that at least 1,440 arrests were made a part of Wide Receiver.
Once the smugglers found out they were being tracked, they located the RFID trackers and ripped them out. The program was immediately shut down as a result in October 2007.
Now fast forward to October of 2009. Operation Wide Receiver has been shut down now for 2 years. It is not ongoing as the White House would have people believe. Enter Fast and Furious during Barack Obama's tenth month in office. This operation involved 2,500 guns. There were virtually no tracking devices on these weapons. Katie Pavlich points out that out of all of these guns there were two that contained trackers, one of which was homemade. They also had 40 hour battery lives on them, so there was no way they could seriously think they could track these weapons.
In addition to the negligence of trackers on the weapons walked across the border into Mexico, there was virtually no surveillance. There were no helicopters, planes or anything. The operation was conducted by four federal agencies in as many as ten cities in five states.
Unlike operation Wide Receiver, the Mexican government was not even made aware that the program even existed.
Not once were any of the "bad guys" arrested, nor was there efforts put forth to do so and the program came to an end because of the death of at least 200 Mexican civilians and two American federal agents, border patrol agent Brian Terry and ICE agent Jaime Zapata.
It is widely known that both Eric Holder and Barack Obama are anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment. There past statements leave no doubt that they desire to disarm the American public. Holder has even claimed that he thinks America needs to be "brain washed" concerning guns.
Now we are in the midst of a mess in trying to unravel the details and get our hands on documents that the Justice Department and now Barack Obama himself are seeking to keep hidden. The use of executive privilege by Obama is the tell-tale sign that he is involved and so is Holder. they were not ignorant of what was going on and there weren't rogue agents running around doing this. They were in the loop and unlike the Bush administration's attempts to catch real criminals, the Obama administration used the operation as a political maneuver to target the Second Amendment and U. S. gun dealers.