It's hard to say what's taken so long for a GOP presidential candidate to start talking seriously about the Fast and Furious scandal. One, it's an outrageous and appaling scandal that appears to have led to the deaths of American law enforcement agents. Two, there's no better example of Obama administration incompetence than the government giving thousands of guns to Mexican criminal gangs.
And since Rick Perry happens to be covernor of the state that shares the longest border with Mexico, going out after Fast and Furious is smart politics nationally and back in Texas. Here's his op-ed in the Washington Times:
Under the attorney general’s leadership, our nation’s top law enforcement agency proactively armed some of the most dangerous criminal organizations in North America, and at least one American is dead as a direct result. The damage done to Mr. Holder’s credibility is irreparable.
Moreover, Mr. Holder never apologized to - or even spoke with - the family of slain Border Patrol Agent Terry until he was confronted by Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, earlier this month, nearly a year after Terry’s murder.
Drug violence is a serious threat to the United States and our citizens as cartels wage a bloody turf war. Additionally, as Mr. Holder himself announced recently, an Iranian national has been arrested for seeking the assistance of Mexican drug-cartel members in a plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador in Washington.
Mexican drug cartels are a clear and present danger to America. More than 35,000 people have been killed in that country’s drug war in the past five years alone, and the violence threatens to spill across our border every day.
America simply cannot tolerate an attorney general who arms the very criminals he is supposed to protect us from and then refuses to comfort the grieving parents of a slain Border Patrol agent. Nor can we tolerate a president who lacks the courage to take decisive action in restoring justice to the Department of Justice.
It is time for Mr. Holder to go.
Strong stuff. And long overdue.