The 5 Min. Forecast gives an excellent summary of how the U.S. government has been arming Mexican drug cartels – directly and indirectly.
After the president claimed on April 16, 2009, that “more than 90% of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States,” we find out now how true that statement was.
But rather than coming “from gun shops that line our border,” as the president had characterized the transactions, it turned out the Mexican government bought $177 million in U.S.-made weapons in 2009 — more than was the total purchases made by Iraq or Afghanistan.
Mexican cops and soldiers then sold or gave the weapons to the drug gangs they are supposed to be used against. “U.S. law enforcement has fair reason to worry a number of weapons simply ‘disappear,'” reads one of cables, dated November 2009.
“The violence has been exported to Mexico,” was a common refrain we heard on last month’s exploratory mission to Colombia.
…Some U.S. weapons follow a more direct route from the U.S. government to the drug gangs.
In February, it emerged that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was funneling weapons through U.S. gun dealers to the drug gangs in Mexico — a sting operation. Roughly 2,500 weapons made their way into Mexico as part of “Project Gunrunner.”
The sting backfired.
Two of the guns were used in a shootout on the Arizona border last December, killing a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Serial numbers reveal the guns used were from the Project Gunrunner crop.
via The Front That Shall Not Be Named | 5 Min. Forecast.
And via Cato, we see:
The Good: Congressional investigators are in Arizona to gather information on the ATF’s ill-conceived “Gunwalker” operation that supplied Mexican drug cartels with weapons. As I wrote at National Review, street agents objected from the beginning, but were told in no uncertain terms to pipe down:
Agents raised warnings to their superiors about the quantity of sales and the rising violence across the border, but were told that the operation had been approved at ATF headquarters. They were also told that if they didn’t like it, they were welcome to seek employment at the Maricopa County jail as detention officers making $30,000 a year.
I’d like to think that investigators will find that managerial incompetence was the culprit and not intentional facilitation of cross-border violence in order to hype gun control for the sake of Mexico. We’ll see.
via The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly | Cato @ Liberty.
Why would the government put so much effort into arming Mexican drug cartels while trying to disarm its own citizens?