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special report

The Buck

AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

New "Fast
and Furious"
Report Misses
Leadership P
Failure

Stop

resident Harry Truman famously had a sign on his desk
that said "The Buck Stops Here." It was a sentiment the
American people respected, because it showed Truman
understood an important truth: A leader is responsible not only
for his own actions, but for the actions of his subordinates.
That's a lesson that apparently needs to be learned again
at the top of the current Department of Justice (DOJ), based
on the conclusions of a September report by the department's
Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Over the past two years,
we have seen an embarrassing effort to pass the buck when
it comes to the "Fast and Furious" gunrunning scandal. If the
report is to be believed, not only did the buck not stop with
Attorney General Eric Holder-it never even got to his desk.

The Report's Findings

Since December 2010, we have heard excuses, deflected
blame and outright lies from Eric Holder's Justice Department.
Although the report fails to place the proper blame at the top
where it belongs, it contains an important factual rundown
of the operation that put thousands of guns in the hands of
Mexican drug cartels.
The report runs a total of seven chapters and 512 pages.
Five of the first six chapters detail the "Fast and Furious"
operation and the people involved. One chapter takes a detour
to focus on the six-year-old "Wide Receiver" operation, which
serves little purpose but to allow deflection of blame onto the
previous administration.
The last chapter contains the conclusions of the report,
a listing of the officials it found responsible (and the ones it
notably did not), as well as recommendations. Here are some of
the most important findings:
Senior DOJ officials, including Deputy Assistant Attorney
General Jason Weinstein and Kenneth Melson, the former
acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives (BATFE), failed to provide adequate oversight
and control of "Fast and Furious." In fact, the report claims that
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
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