Fast and Furious Thrill

Former DNI General Michael Hayden, writing an opinion for CNN, barely suppresses his glee in describing the irony of Attorney General Eric Holder's current predicament arising from the Fast and Furious scandal, and the schadenfreude likely delighting the Intelligence community.  Schadenfreude -- joy at the misfortune of others -- is a bad thing. So I've been trying to resist temptation these past months as I watch Attorney General Eric Holder deal with public and congressional reaction to the "Fast and Furious" scheme, the failed attempt by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to seed and then track U.S. firearms to Mexican drug cartels. Fast and Furious was a secretive, high-risk operation seemingly intended to deal with an intractable problem abroad. On those grounds, some may be tempted to equate it to a CIA covert action. But even if some attributes are similar -- tough problem, edgy solution, inherent complexity, great secrecy, high operational and...(Read Full Post)