by Doug Book
Intent upon linking the genesis of ”gunwalking” to the Bush administration, the Obama regime has unwittingly revealed compelling leads to the birth of Operation Fast and Furious. These include references to its possible father, former Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Phoenix Branch, William Newell, and the man who may be the Operation’s D.C Godfather, White House National Security Council staffer Kevin O’Reilly.
At the beginning of October, the White House released a number of e-mails shared between Newell and O’Reilly during the summer of 2010. By this frequently employed method of ”selective release,” the regime intended to relay the “fact” that as neither Fast and Furious nor “gunwalking” were mentioned in the correspondence, the pair did not directly discuss the topics.
It was hoped that this would bolster the White House claim that it knew nothing of the Operation until TV news reports brought it to the attention of the nation at large in 2011.
But in its expectation that linking gunwalking to Bush might take Fast and Furious pressure off the regime, the White House habit of deliberately providing carefully crafted half-truths or misinformation to media lackeys took a careless turn for the worse.
After the White House leaked it to him, AP reporter Pete Yost was only too glad to run with the story of 2007 ATF Operation Wide Receiver and its loss of firearms across the Mexican border during the Bush administration.
But the regime’s Ministry of Disinformation provided Yost with too much material. For it was also revealed that the man in charge of that purely accidental “gunwalking” by the Bush administration’s ATF was Phoenix Agent in Charge Bill Newell.
In short, by managing Wide Receiver in Phoenix, Newell had gained firsthand experience in walking guns into Mexico.
In early 2009, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and other regime members systematically advanced the phony claim that 90 percent of the weapons found at Mexican crime scenes originated in U.S. gun stores. What better way for Newell to impress his new bosses than by suggesting that walking guns to Mexico might make the 90 percent claim come nearer to the truth!
Newell had a friend in White House NSC staffer Kevin O’Reilly. So, as Fast and Furious reporter Mike Vanderboegh puts it, “Newell may have ‘weaponized’ the desire for more better statistics on the part of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others to support the…meme…that 90 percent of weapons seized in Mexico…actually came from American civilian market sources.”
It appears that Newell made the suggestion; O’Reilly delivered it to the right people in the White House; and Fast and Furious was born. Could it have happened that way?
Apparently Congressman Darrell Issa’s House Government Reform Committee takes the possibility quite seriously, for it has just subpoenaed ”all communications to or from William Newell…between December 14th, 2010 to January 25th, 2011 and March 16th to March 19th, 2009.” (Emphasis added.) The date-specific requests mean the Committee must have reliable information regarding the associations and correspondence of Newell during those periods. And Newell is known to have spoken often with O’Reilly during that time.
Unlike other Fast and Furious participants who have been promoted or transferred to new positions in Washington, D.C., Kevin O’Reilly has been shuffled off to Iraq by the Obama/Holder Department of Justice, out of subpoena-range of the Issa/Grassley congressional committees. Remember, there are no coincidences in the Obama regime.
Did a suggestion to a White House-ensconced friend by a practiced “gunwalker” hoping to make a name for himself with the new administration lead to the deadly Fast and Furious scheme? If so, who but Barack Obama and company could create such a tangled and convoluted web from such a simple beginning?
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This article originally appeared on CoachIsRight.com and is reprinted with permission.