Reporter Katie Pavlich of Townhall.com has been covering Project Gunwalker and Operation Fast and Furious for quite a while now. If you follow her on Twitter, you know she has continually objected to any characterization of this operation as “botched”, “failed”, etc. Yesterday, in a column for Townhall.com, she laid out why it is wrong to view Operation Fast and Furious as “botched”. She says:
The only thing botched about Operation Fast and Furious is that the American public found out about it. Fast and Furious was carried out exactly as planned: allow straw purchasers to transfer guns to cartels, let those guns get trafficked back to Mexico and see where they end up. There was no plan to trace these guns and no plan to inform the Mexican Government of the operation, either.
And then after laying out the facts, she concludes:
The Obama Administration botched the cover-up of Fast and Furious. Lies perpetuated by the Holder Justice Department continue to be shredded by a handful of media outlets, Sen. Charles Grassley, Sen. John Cornyn, Rep. Darrell Issa and members of the House Oversight Committee, but in no way was allowing Mexican cartels to get their hands on high powered weapons a “mistake.”