Steve O asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 8 years ago

OPERATION "WIDE RECEIVER" , 2006, Bush Administration.Guns were sold to Mexican criminal drug cartels...?


On 2006 when Bush was all over the White House and Justice Department was his "dog", they launched operation "Wide Receiver" , which was basically the same thing as Fast and Furious,they just changed the name.

Why didn't Bush and his a Justice Department get criticized for selling weapons to criminals ? Where were Republicans at that time ?

15 Answers

  • ponpon
    Lv 6
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Because, this (fast and furious) is a witch hunt, political theatre in an election year. The Republicans are experienced in deceit.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    The guns were sold to a person.The seller told ATF of the of said sale.The second sale was to catch the gun runner.This was with the understanding that the Mexican Government would catch any guns that crossed.The program only started once all the player were briefed.The second probe was started in 2007.The mexican Government drop the ball and the program was stopped.In 2009 the program "Operation Fast and Furious"was started (On October 26, 2009 in fact)On October 26, 2009, a teleconference was held at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. to discuss U.S. strategy for combating Mexican drug cartels. Participating in the meeting were Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, ATF Director Kenneth E. Melson, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Michele Leonhart, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Robert Mueller and the top federal prosecutors in the Southwestern border states. They decided on a strategy to identify and eliminate entire arms trafficking networks rather than low-level buyers.

    So one dealer of firearms saw a problem and reported it.A program was set into play(by the ATF) to catch the gun runners in the act.The Mexican Government drop the ball.The better then they were group, came up with a new plan (make it bigger) which lead the same results of losing more guns.The first program was a mistake.The second was being a dumb a-- --!

    Source(s): From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • 8 years ago

    Most answers in here are wrong. Wide Receiver was not the same as Fast and Furious. Wide Receiver consisted of weapons that were being tracked physically and by surveillance tracked by agents so they could swoop in and make arrests. Fast and Furious did not have agents physically tracking the guns. Wide Receiver was a joint American/Mexican operation. Fast and Furious was conducted without Mexican knowledge. Wide Receiver operation did not lose track of guns that ultimately would be involved in hundreds of Mexican deaths and American border patrol agent Brian Terry. Fast and Furious was not botched it was purposely carried out to create a crisis of US guns showing up at Mexican crime scenes so this administration could have a reason to pursue gun control laws. It was botched only in the sense that an American was killed. Holder needs to release the pertinent documents sought by the House oversite committee. Obama declared Executive Privilege over these documents. He must have known something and now trying to protect his ***.

  • 8 years ago

    Because we sell weapons and drugs to criminals all the time and have for decades (See: John Delorean). It's a great way to catch bad guys.

    Of course the right has a short memory and can't be bothered to do any research, so they think everything that happens under Obama is unprecedented and malicious.

    Their memory is especially bad in this case, because they seem to have forgotten that guns don't kill people, and are blaming some deaths on the presence of these weapons. They've also forgotten that guns make you safer.

    It's a big production for the election year.

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  • 8 years ago

    Let me answer your question. "Republicans" by in large (these are elected officials) were silent. However many Conservatives were mad about it seen as a last straw in a presidency that saw the government expand radically, to their chagrin - that would be mine. Conservatives were VOCAL about their problems with Bush. All of them.

    That you live in cyberspace means your not under a rock, so therefore I know the reason YOU need to ask the question is because you and your liberal ilk were too busy beating up Bush for how he said the word Neucular and crying (rightly) about stupidity in overseas policy and pissing and moaning in the rare case when he DID actually effectuate his job diligently.

    On the "war" issue, those liberal screeching ring hollow in my ears as most of the blathering lib-speak does as libs were loving the war when Hillary was waxing pathetically familiar on the floor of congress in support - only to sound like the spoiled teenager later on.

    In any event, your question SHOULD BE... what ever happened to that Wide Receiver program, what was said and how in the world could that MESS have been repeated? Is this simply today's screaming example of hypocrisy by an administration and millions of mindless drones whose argument amounts to "See... we can be as bad as Bush... only BETTER... meaning WORSE"?

    In other words.... Where are the DEMOCRATS? Where is the transparency? What does he mean by "Fundamental Change" anyway? Was that supposed to mean no more collusion corruption. Because this president is the most corrupt and colluding president and only is rivaled by the worst despots in history. And I for one as an American don't like it at all. This clown has taken Bush ineptitude and added marxist philosophy to catastrophic and destructive levels.

    So where are YOU at this time? There's the question. But it's not really a question now... is it? Unless you make it so.

  • judith
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Maybe. Of path, Obama, Biden and Holder did not authorize quick and livid. However what if Holder persisted a coverage of denying the FBI the potential to use the on the spot verify system to assess if terrorists have bought weapons? That will be John Ashcroft now not enabling gun assessments publish Sept. 11. Or if Obama had primarily authorized the weapons used by terror suspects planning to "take out" fort Dix? No, that may be Bush.

  • T-Bone
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    To answer your question;

    LMAO.....Holder lied to Congress about operation Wide Reciever.....Doh...

    The Justice Department has retracted a second statement made to the Senate Judiciary Committee. During a hearing last week, Attorney General Eric Holder claimed that his predecessor, then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey, had been briefed about gunwalking in Operation Wide Receiver. Now, the Department is retracting that statement and claiming Holder "inadvertently" made that claim to the Committee. The Department's letter failed to apologize to former Attorney General Mukasey for the false accusation. This is the second major retraction the Justice Department has made in the last seven months. In December 2011, the Department retracted its claim that the ATF had not allowed illegally purchased guns to be trafficked to Mexico.

  • 8 years ago

    Bush and AG Mukasey were in no way involved in Operation Wide Receiver and in fact had no knowledge of it.

    Whats my source? AG Eric Holder and his recent redaction given to congressional committee investigating Fast and Furious.

  • 8 years ago

    1 - because it wasnt publicized at the time.

    2 - because Bush nor the Attorney General at the time was briefed by the ATF on the operation. (already been verified)

  • 8 years ago

    BS. They won't release the docs because they lied about Bush involvement. Don't believe all you hear.

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