Operation Fast and Furious U.S. Payback to Mexican Government The sale of guns by gun store owners who were directed by the ATF to allow Mexican drug cartels to make what amounted to illegal straw man purchases was both criminal and stupid. In fact, Operation Fast and Furious should have been called Operation Criminally Stupid. Here is the Wall Street Journal link: online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303823104576391794276380486.html It should be no big surprise that the U.S. has been looking for an excuse to intervene in Mexico. The mass arming of drug cartel members in a situation where the police and army are on the defensive against drug cartels rises to the level of an international war crime. But, this is what America does best and intervention is the U.S.s number one export to balance its trade deficit with the world. Moreover, it helps the U.S. government have an excuse to transfer the last remaining dollars of middle-class wealth to military-industrial complex. The U.S. has decided to demonstrate its extreme displeasure with the Mexican government for legalizing all drugs. The media has been suspiciously quiet about the fact that marijuana, as well as cocaine and heroine, are now legal in Mexico. The U.S. had warned Mexico to not legalize drugs, as it would impede the U.S. Drug War and further erode the governments prohibitionist policies. In an effort to stem the violence and to decrease illicit drug profitability along with bolstering what the Mexican government had hoped would be a lucrative drug tourism industry, Mexico stood to gain billions of dollars from Americans whose appetite has continued to grow for all types of illegal drugs. But, the U.S. wanted Mexico to understand that it can only defy the U.S. government at a price. There is no crime too large for the U.S. to inflict in its efforts to impose its will. The Mexican government decided to ignore the empires decree to continue prohibition, and now the U.S. wants to make sure the Mexican government suffers. Not only does it want to see the Mexican government suffer, but it also wanted to rub its face in it. The DEA was actually going to staff the man responsible for Operation Fast and Furious to the DEA office in Mexico City so that he could report back directly to Washington as to the destabilizing effects the operation was having on the Mexican government. The plan was going according to schedule until some DEA and Border Patrol agents ended up being killed by these very same weapons. There were about 30,000 weapons of various types. The cartels were sold everything from from large caliber pistols and military assault rifles to long-range 50 cal. sniper rifles. The U.S. views Mexican law enforcement as a joke and needed a way to put Mexico in a position where it began begging for U.S. assistance. Since Mexican law enforcement is viewed as being so corrupted, the U.S. did not mind if thousands of Mexican agents were killed. The U.S. position is that the more Mexican officials that die, the better it is for the negotiating position of the U.S. Placing the Mexican government at a disadvantage is viewed as beneficial for U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. is now in a position to be able to strong arm Mexico, not only over issues involving its drug policy, but also policies relating to its energy policy. Mexico has oil reserves that the U.S would like to control. The U.S. also became angry at Mexico when it made purchases of items in dollars illegal in Mexico. Saddam and Gaddafi both found out what happens when a nation defies U.S. monetary policy. The name of the DEA operation was a joke on the Mexican government. Operation Fast and Furious would sell 30,000 weapons to Mexican drug cartels before anyone knew what was going on. That covers the Fast aspect of the operation. Once the Mexican government found out what the DEA had done, the U.S. knew the Mexican authorities would be Furious. The rub in the plan was that Americans would die and gun store owners went to the media and to their elected officials due to the fear of being sold down the river by agency officials and politicians as the death toll mounted and the Mexican government was destabilized. This is just one more way the empire can play politics. The U.S. did not have to become openly involved in arming cartels, it could allow the cartels to arm themselves via the U.S. There are Mexican official who want to extradite American officials to Mexico, but the U.S. will never allow that to happen. The Mexican government wants the U.S. public to know how many Mexican law enforcement agents have died as the result of Operation Fast and Furious. The U.S. may be paying reparations in the form of increased economic, military and law enforcement aid. The U.S government had also been looking for an opportunity to serve as its excuse for the seizing of Americans guns after having manipulated the American people into the position of being willing to surrender more rights in exchange for the illusion of security. With the coming unrest due to an economic situation that is in a downward spiral, the U.S wants to be able to disarm Americans while exploiting Mexican natural resources. These people in Washington D.C. are not stupid. Government agencies do not do things without a reason and planned actions are constantly war-gamed from every political angle by the ruling elite in Washington. Furthermore, an agency like the ATF does not begin any major operation without having briefed and gained approval of the White House. Yet, after this fiasco nobody will be reprimanded, let alone be fired, because so far the plan has gone according to schedule. The furor in Washington will be over before anyone knows what happened and key people will exert influence in an attempt at a bi-partisan white wash. This is not a screw-up. It is a manifestation of U.S. foreign policy. The police, who engage in increasing levels of tyranny and police state abuse, will now be eager to be allowed to inflict even greater deprivations of liberty on Americans while telling us it is for our own good. The U.S will also have increased say in deciding what drug cartels and cartel members will be targeted and incresed control to the Mexican government and its resources.