So.....the current Attorney General and the President are pulling out all the stops and endangering their political livelihoods to protect us from knowing all about a program that started under George W. Bush....whom they despise and have blamed everything upon for the past 4-5-12 years? But miraculously, after having fully reviewed a similar program in 2009, they've kept their mouths shut on this one program while blaming everything else on their predecessor. Amazing self control <sarcasm>. Well, that's ended...it's Bush's fault again.
The current Attorney General and the President have known about this program for years and, instead of eliminating it as another horribly misguided George W. Bush program, expanded it.
I think it's important to look at the scope of the activity....from your own link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATF_gunwalking_scandal#cite_note-npr1-3:
Operation Wide Reciever (2006 - 2007): With assurance from ATF "that Mexican officials would be conducting surveillance or interdictions when guns got to the other side of the border", Detty would sell a total of about 450 guns during the operation.
And the Attorney General and President were so shocked...shocked...and morally offended by this illegal activity that they came up with a new expanded version!
Operation Fast & Furious (2009 - 2011): Altogether, 2,020 firearms were bought by straw purchasers during Fast and Furious.
Go after the tactic in Congress, but don't pretend there's some sort of more high ground here for Obama. The President and his Attorney General had their opportunity to spotlight and end something bad happening under George Bush...but decided to turn it into something really bad for whatever reason. Kept the program going. "Gunwalking" went from 450 guns to over 2,000 in F&F.
Now you turn around and say "but but but George Bush did it too!" Christ, is that line ever going to get old with you guys? Conceded: Bush's ATF did do gunwalking. There--your point is noted. Now what? Why didn't Obama and Holder after fully reviewing "Wide Receiver" put a stop to it? Can't blame Congress (they didn't authorize it). Can't blame the Supreme Court (no Court decision paves the way for this). Can't blame those "rednecks" in Arizona who absolutely did not want this going on in their state.
So what's the reason??? Oh wait...I know: George W. Bush, so dumb he can't speak, can't add, can't do anything right, is also responsible for everything that has been directly under the Obama Administration's direct control for at least 3 1/2 years. Got it. Damn, that guy should write a book and displace Machiavelli in history as a man who knows how to work the political machinery from a ranch in Texas after being out of office for years.