Friday, September 16, 2011

Don't Get Too Distracted By Solyndra

Yeah, Solyndra is a scandal.  Maybe Kerodin is right that this is the sort of thing that brings down administrations, but in this administration, a group that raises corruption to Biblical proportions, where everywhere you look they are overwhelming the system with corrupt and evil acts, don't get too distracted by Solyndra.

Taken together, all of these Green Energy/Unicorn Fart companies have wasted perhaps $50 billion dollars.  Solyndra was "only" half a billion.  Only in DC could half a billion dollars not seem that big, but it's true.  Divide the year's deficit of $1.4 Trillion by 365 and you see we're borrowing $3.84 billion per day.  If you'd rather use "business days" (5 day weeks vs. 7) we borrow $5.38 billion dollars every day.  Either way, throwing half a billion away isn't many hours worth of borrowing. 

It still pales in comparison to Project Gunwalker, because as Investor's Business Daily so succinctly put it,
At least Solyndra doesn't have a body count.
Gunwalker was never a "botched sting operation" as the spin-masters call it.  There's no doubt it was intended to add fuel to the arguments that "American guns" are causing problems in Mexico and create a demand for more gun control. As it turns out, American guns are a problem - and they all come from the BATF, and Holder's DOJ is the biggest group of criminals in the US. 
To allow the characterization of "Project Gunwalker" as a "botched sting operation" to go unchallenged is to give the perpetrators near (or at?) the very top of the Obama government a free pass on the utter evil of this monstrosity, and allow "gun control" apologists to blame it on desperation stemming from "weak U.S. gun laws," because of the "gun lobby."  (source)
Gunwalker was the deliberate exporting of guns - apparently along with grenades and IED parts - to the most ruthless, vile, brutal and psychopathic gangs on the planet.  It's directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans and (so far as currently known) a small handful of Americans.  Are Mexican lives worthless?  Is that what Eric Holder and Barack Obama think? And make no mistake, it's hard to imagine an operation like this not getting approval all the the way to the top.  Career weenies like Kenneth Melson don't do things like this without reams of Cover Your Ass documentation to make sure they're not sitting in front of congress explaining themselves.  Why aren't Mexican Americans protesting? 

The political attacks are heating up.  As David points out today, a group called "American Family Voices" (which is American in the same sense Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Dilma Rousseff are American) is filing an ethics charge against Darrell Issa, who (of course) is leading the attacks on Gunwalker.  American Family Voices is listed here

As an ID badge wearing employee of the Military-Industrial Complex (although I hardly ever even talk with anyone on the military side of the business), I have to take an annual training class in something called ITAR/EAR, which you probably don't know about.  Unless you're either another worker in the industry or a law geek.  ITAR/EAR is short for a set of laws called the International Traffic in Arms Regulations/Export Administration Regulations.  The intent is to limit traffic in arms, munitions, and classified or dual use technologies that are defined (loosely) in the laws.

In walking thousands of guns into Mexico, Honduras, and the Caribbean, this has to be the largest violation of ITAR/EAR in US History.  In keeping with their status, the "only ones" of the BATFE are allowed to break the law with impunity. If I did 1/10,000 of what they've done, I'd be rotting in jail by now.

We need to keep the heat on Gunwalker - and defend Darrell Issa.  
(thanks Sean

2 comments:

Reg T said...

If, as it appears possible is indeed going to happen, Gunwalker gets watered down, dragged out and eventually dies a quiet death from lack of Congressional support and an inability to indict and convict the people who approved it and those who orchestrated it, it will be the greatest tragedy in recent history. Not simply because of the deaths involved, but because it will reinforce the belief of those in power that they can get away with more than mere financial and political corruption - they can get away with being accessories to mass murder, murder permitted to happen in the furtherance of the "progressive" agenda of the disarmament of American citizens.

Our government has committed crimes which have directly led to the deaths of thousands of people. That they were mostly Mexican citizens doesn't diminish their significance a whit. But we know how easily our politicians and bureaucrats accept "collateral damage" of our own citizens - as at Waco - let alone the many thousands in other countries over the past few administrations. Murder is nothing new to our political "masters". This, however, is murder in the interest of destroying our Constitution. Murder that would have been blamed on a few gun shop owners, and upon the American gun culture, rather than upon the monsters who deliberately supplied the psychopathic cartel members with heavy weaponry.

For progressives, the ends will _always_ justify any means they see fit to stoop to, from lies to the assassination of a man's character to murder. The murder of Mexican citizens by cartel members, the murder of a family man in Tucson by a blood-thirsty SWAT team, the murder of 76 men, women, and _children_ by the FBI. 76 people (24 of them British nationals) died in that fire, including more than 20 children, and two pregnant women.

There is so much corruption in this administration, from Solyndra to Pigford to the New Black Panther debacle to Libya to the gift of GM to the unions that even those of us paying attention have become jaded, our sensibilities overloaded to the point where some of them (Pigford, for example) have simply fallen by the wayside, lost their significance, trees lost in the forest. I don't have much hope for Gunwalker to bring this administration down, as it needs to come down, but if anything is truly serious enough - especially with its international ramifications - this is it. The Mexican government appears to have been bought off though, perhaps by The Voice Of The Teleprompter through his executive order forbidding the deportation of illegals. I won't be holding my breath for the trials to begin, that's for sure.

Graybeard said...

Not much I can add to that, but where you say, For progressives, the ends will _always_ justify any means they see fit to stoop to, from lies to the assassination of a man's character to murder. it's a sign of a group that has no morals and puts no premium on life whatsoever. Abortion anyone?

At best, you might restrain them through fear of punishment; fear of their own deaths. Probably only that.