Wednesday, October 12, 2011

It seems almost like a pattern...

Previously, I noted how Eric Holder had seemingly perjured himself before Congress in July of last year. That situation has led to Darrell Issa issuing yet another subpoena, this time to the Justice Department, for documents  and other communications related to Operation Fast and Furious:
The subpoena seeks, among other things, all communications regarding the operation from 16 top Justice officials, including Holder, his chief of staff, Gary Grindler, and the head of the department's criminal division, Lanny Breuer,  as well as correspondence on specific dates to and from the former head of the ATF's Phoenix field division, William Newell. 
It also asks for all documents and communications referring or relating to the murder of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata, including any correspondence outlining the details of Zapata's mission at the time he was murdered.
Now, this is not the first sting operation that has gone bad, and it won't be the last. And it's little wonder that officials at the ATF and at Justice want this mess to disappear. But Holder's actions here are hardly unusual.

In the previous bit, I concluded that "either [Holder] doesn't read the pertinent memos and reports he is sent--making him an incompetent fool--or he lied to the Congressional committee." It appears that it may actually be the latter.

Mark Thiessen at WaPo lays out some of Holder's biggest misteps. Some highlights:

Holder’s bad advice began almost immediately after Obama took office, when he and White House counsel Greg Craig convinced the president to announce the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay by January 2010 — without even examining the feasibility of doing so. 
The next unneeded firestorm came with Holder’s decision to release classified Justice Department memos on the CIA terrorist interrogation program and reopen criminal investigations into the conduct of CIA interrogators. Holder overrode the objections of five CIA directors, including Leon Panetta. According to The Post, “Before his decision to reopen the cases, Holder did not read detailed memos that [career] prosecutors drafted and placed in files to explain their decision to decline prosecutions.” 
This only scratches the surface of ill-fated Holder initiatives. He also provoked a political firestorm by withdrawing a lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party for violations of the Voting Rights Act, over the objections of six career lawyers at Justice. And then there was his decision to sue Arizona over its popular immigration law, over the objections of three Arizona Democrats engaged in tough reelection fights (two of whom lost their seats).
As Thiessen notes, Holder doesn't seem to bother with due diligence, at all. He just shoots from the hip, making important decisions with incomplete information. This is no way to run the Justice Department. Indeed, it's no way to run any department. Yet, the President still has "complete confidence" in him.

Wise up, Mr. President. Holder is incompetent. And tragically so.

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