Welcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. This week’s top story: The ATF’s Fast and Furious disastrous scheme. Mary O’Grady writes,
A Drug-War Plan Goes Awry
Frustrated ATF agents testify that their bureau’s ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ let weapons get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
One of the frightening things about the U.S. government’s war on drugs is that it is being waged by federal bureaucracies. The legend of Elliot Ness notwithstanding, this implies that it is not only fraught with ineptitude but that before it is all over, there are going to be a lot of avoidable deaths.
Witness “Operation Fast and Furious,” a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms plan that allegedly facilitated the flow of high-powered weapons into Mexico in the hope that it might lead to the take-down of a major cartel. It did not. But it may have fueled a spike in the murder rate and led to the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Go read every word. More on this under the Mexico heading below.
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The week’s posts
Good luck with that, Italy
Fidel’s daughter favors “Dutch-style sex ed”
Rangel sells house in Dominican Republic; did he make the restitution?
Gunwalker: Will the Justice Department be held to account for arming lethal Mexican cartels?
Live feed to Obama’s PR visit
At Real Clear World,
Hugo Chavez Still in Cuba
At Pajamas Media,
Obama in Puerto Rico: How Will His ‘PR’ Stunt Play Out?
Expect a raucous welcome, but knowledgeable Puerto Rican voters in the U.S. know the island’s Republican governor has their economy recovering via his austerity measures.