A foreign policy debate without Operation Fast & Furious is an epic failure. A government gun walking operation allowed over 2,000 guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels and are connected to the deaths of over 300 Mexican citizens and Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Hundreds of guns are still missing. We know of at least one other operation out of Dallas, TX that is connected to the death of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata.
Mexico has been in a deep drug war since President Calderon declared war on the drug cartels in 2006. Our own government helped fuel the war by aiding the drug cartels with Fast & Furious and at least one other gun walking operation. The Department of Justice didn’t inform the Mexican government of the move, nor did they alert any of the ATF in Mexico.
Mexico is not perfect, but Fast & Furious and the other operations give our southern neighbor reasons not to trust our government. Sure, Americans should care about our foreign policy in the Middle East, but what about our own backyard? The debate was a hot mess and kept straying from foreign policy, but Governor Romney didn’t even mention Fast & Furious like he did last week. When he mentioned Latin America he, could have easily wedged in Fast & Furious.
This is what Governor Romney should have done. He should have asked why the documents about Fast & Furious are under executive privilege. Why is Fast & Furious the one subject President Obama avoids like the plague? Why haven’t the ones responsible for Fast & Furious been held accountable? DOJ officials suspected in the scandal have been reassigned or allowed to resign quietly.
The Mexico/US border is not safe or secure, no matter what this administration tells us. These gun walking operations probably vanquished any trust Mexico had in us. Governor Romney should have used the foreign policy debate to explain how he would strengthen our ties with Mexico and make up for this awful mess President Obama’s administration put us in.