'Fast and Furious' flap likely to linger
November 2nd, 2011
06:17 PM ET
2 years ago

'Fast and Furious' flap likely to linger

(CNN) - A botched gun probe that allowed hundreds of weapons to reach Mexico's drug cartels is likely to be a lingering but not fatal controversy for the Obama administration, observers said Wednesday.

Republicans in Congress have been publicly pounding Justice Department officials since June, when whistleblowers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified to a House committee about the ill-fated "Operation Fast and Furious." The operation, launched in 2009, was aimed at cutting off the flow of guns to Mexico's drug cartels through straw buyers, but it allowed about 2,000 weapons to reach the hands of the cartels.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. thatn3wkid

    Why in the first paragraph does it say hundreds, then later in the article it is "2,000" weapons that reached cartel hands?

    November 2, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. GonzoinHouston

    It was a major operation, and they blew it. It was a legitimate effort, launched with the best of intentions. Somebody in the field blew the surveillance, and the weapons got away. I don't doubt the partisanship of the Republican critics, but several heads should roll over this. Whether or not it should be Holder's is not yet established. There's a whole lot more I want to know before I'll agree with a Republican politician on an investigation of a Democrat.

    November 2, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Keith in Austin

    Eric Holder is running and hiding while the administration seeks a "fall guy".

    November 2, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. stevie

    Resign, Holder. Then Obama needs to think about doing the same. What a disgraceful coverup.

    November 2, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. gt

    this is nuts.. the person who came up with this gun to crooks ... needs to be fired... hear that holter

    November 2, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Voice of Reason

    This is Bad, bad, bad stuff. If Holder knew about this – then it's time for him to GO. If he didnt, but should have, then it's also time for him to GO.

    November 2, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. Hammerer

    Media giving obama a free pass on more corruption.

    November 2, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |