Someone in the Obama Administration has been watching too many action/adventure movies. "Operation Fast and Furious" was suppose to be a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) sting operation against weapons trafficking to narco gangs in Mexico. However, someone came up with "a cunning plan" to allow weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican narco-gangs. The goal of this was to “create a ‘nexus’ between the drug cartels and the straw purchasers.” Straw purchasers are people who buy guns from gun shops, then turn around and sell them to criminals.
However, things didn't go according to plan and the scandal has been brewing for several weeks. From PowerLine, 20 June 2011:
Despite attempts by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to cover up the fiasco, the congressional investigaion continued and the scandal may, in fact, be widening. From yesterday's Powerline:
With DOJ stonewalling, speculation is high, that this was an attempt to generate a crisis in order to initiate stricter gun-control policies. Pajamas Media has the details: