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This LZ Granderson piece should have appeared in the Onion, but instead it ran on CNN’s website. He actually compares efforts to get to the bottom of Operation Fast and Furious to the public’s desire to know about the “pregnancies and marriages of D-list celebrities.”
By allowing guns to infiltrate Mexico’s drug cartel, we thought we could trace them up the ladder to the leaders. Take off the head and the body dies. As for the innocent people who lost their lives? Collateral damage. That’s the uncomfortable backstory to this scandal. And there are likely other operations like it in our nation’s history that we don’t even have a clue about.
And maybe it’s better for us not to be so nosy, not to know everything because, to paraphrase the famous line from the movie “A Few Good Men,” many of us won’t be able to handle the truth.
First, these are odd ideas about government accountability and the flow of information coming from a journalist. But the point of the Fast and Furious investigation isn’t to leak national security secrets, which most of us accept are legitimate. It is to determine who was responsible for an operation that endangered national security and innocent lives so we can hold them accountable. Congressional oversight of the executive branch is as much a part of our constitutional design as the government’s inherent power to secure the country.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?