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Thursday, September 01, 2011

The error of comparing Gunwalker scandal to Watergate

As the gargantuan 'Gunwalker' scandal engulfing the Department of Justice and the ATF continues to grow deeper by the day, many comparisons have been made to the Watergate scandal of 1974, which brought down the Nixon Administration. While it is true that Gunwalker, or 'Operation Fast and Furious,' is also serious enough to bring down the Obama Administration, it is there that an accurate comparison ends. Gunwalker is much more sinister than Watergate, and thus, it is an error to make further comparisons.
The reason for this is clear. Watergate was about a botched break-in at the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate Hotel during the campaign of 1972--and the subsequent cover-up initiated by the Nixon White House. Gunwalker, by contrast, is about treason. In Operation Fast and Furious we are not dealing with an inconsequential group of second-rate burglars who broke into Republican headquarters to gather information that could be used in a campaign. We are dealing with a law enforcement agency of the Department of Justice that deliberately placed firearms in the hands of dangerous criminals in Mexico, who then used those guns to kill countless Americans and Mexicans.

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