Avoiding Responsibility for Tragic Operation
On Thursday, Sarah Palin wrote a Facebook note that I covered here, demanding that President Obama fire Attorney General Eric Holder. As this story continues, it’s clear that Holder isn’t going to take responsibility, and isn’t going to resign in shame as he should. What makes it just that much worse is that this alleged public servant continues to make excuses for his malfeasance at the Department of Justice, and is stubbornly callous in his dealings with the parents of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry who was killed in 2010 with one of the guns that Fast and Furious placed into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. In an act of flagrant disregard for the parents of Brian Terry, he released a semi-apology intended for the Terrys to the press before they had first received it.
Some take this action by Holder and the DoJ under his leadership as an act of cold-hearted folly, but while I am certain that Holder is cold-hearted, I believe it isn’t folly that has dictated his actions. I believe Holder is a calculatingly cold-hearted villain. This was done as a PR move with the press, since only days before he had refused to apologize to the family. The letter was disclosed to Politico, the left-wing online political news-site responsible for digging up the Cain accusers, but Politico is now saying they won’t release it since it was supposed to have been private. Really? Isn’t this the same Internet rag that only two weeks ago was cajoling two Cain accusers and the National Restaurant Association to make the details of confidential agreements public? Interesting it is how quickly times have changed. As we know about Politico, it’s all about whose ox is being gored.
Tim Mak, writing for Politico said of Holder’s letter: (H/T DailyCaller)
“Eric Holder has told the grieving family of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry that he is ‘sorry for the loss of your son’ and offered to meet with them,”
If accurate, it is a perfect example of a leftist’s so-called “apology:” It’s feigned sympathy posing as an apology. He might as well have said “I’m sorry you have the flu today.” It would have been at least equally sincere, and no less an apology. If Holder wanted to apologize, he could have said something about his responsibility in the matter, but he dare not admit that as at least 38 members of Congress are demanding Holder’s ouster. I’ll be contacting my own Congressman to be sure he’s part of that list, and if not, to demand an explanation.
In related news, Terry’s parents, Kent and Josephine, have finally broken their public silence on the matter. What appears to have anger them most was Holder’s excuse in testimony before the Senate, when in answer to Senator Cornyn, (R-TX) Holder said:
“There are 115,000 employees in the Department of Justice,” and more: “I cannot be expected to know the details of every operation on a day-to-day basis.”
This isn’t about knowing the tiny details of every operation. Holder shamelessly sets up a straw man in this statement: Nobody is asking him to know the details of every operation on a day-to-day basis. They want to know how an operation like this could have been developed in the first place. Holder shouldn’t have needed the day-to-day details to realize that this operation was wrong-headed. It should never have left the planning stage. The management of the DoJ should have prevented this from becoming an operation at all. That means Eric Holder, of course, who has failed to take responsibility for the operation that went forward under his [mis]management.
Consider Holder’s words in response to Cornyn:
“I certainly regret what happened to Agent Terry. I can only imagine the pain that his family has had to deal with, particularly his mother. … We are not programmed to bury our kids. It pains me whenever there is the death of a law enforcement official, especially under the circumstances. It is not fair, however, to assume that the mistakes that happened in Fast and Furious directly led to the death of Agent Terry.”
Terry’s parents are right to view Holder’s attitude as one of brazen contempt, or at least shocking indifference. There’s no excuse for Holder to remain in his post. He has failed to discharge his duties with diligence, and the entire Department of Justice seems now to be engaged in a continuing suppression of the facts. It’s time for the President to to step in and do his duty, exercise some fast fury of his own, and finally send Holder packing. Holder must be made to account for this grotesquely stupid operation, but if the President won’t act, he must be held responsible too.