It’s a good bet that
you don’t know who Josephine Terry is. White House Press Secretary Jay
Carney couldn’t remember her name at his daily briefing recently.
you’ve probably heard of Cindy Sheehan. A few years ago, you could
hardly avoid her. Her fame descended from the fact that, after her son
Casey Sheehan was killed in Iraq, she was selected by the mainstream
news media as the sympathetic face of the anti-war movement. The New York Times’ Vacuity Editor Maureen Dowd anointed Cindy Sheehan
“absolute moral authority” of a mother who had lost her son in war.
rest of the media conditionally adopted that narrative. The condition
was that gold star mothers who were proud of their sons’ service were
So, I ask again: Who is Josephine Terry?
Terry is the grieving mother of Brian Terry
, the U. S. border patrolman
whose murder near the Arizona – Mexico border cracked open the Obama
Justice Department’s Fast and Furious gun running operation.
Sheehan gained fame because she helped advance the mainstream news
media’s anti-George Bush agenda. She was so useful that they would
sanitize her rants before replaying them on the news. She frequently
descended into virulent anti-Semitism
. Even with their help, she
occasionally embarrassed them with her embrace
of Venezuelan strongman
Hugo Chavez’s anti-Americanism and her praise
of Iranian dictator
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s “rationality.”
usefulness waned after the 2006 midterm elections and her moral
authority expired when she challenged Nancy Pelosi
in the 2008
old cliché reads that the cover up is worse than the original crime.
But in the case of Fast and Furious, that’s probably not true. While the
media narrative insists that this was a “botched” operation aimed at
halting gun trafficking across the US-Mexican border, no effort was ever
made to track the guns. How can you botch an operation that performed
exactly as it was designed?
example, tracking the guns south of the border would have required the
cooperation of the Mexican government. But the Mexican government was
not even informed of the operation until hundreds of Mexicans were dead.
on, even before Brian Terry’s death, the Obama administration was
arguing for stricter regulation of gun sales while accusing Arizona gun
dealers of selling to known “straw purchasers.” But the simple truth was
that those dealers were actually doing precisely what they were told to
do by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
uncovered an email ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait sent to
Bill Newell, the ATF's Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and
Furious: "Bill - can you see if these guns were all purchased from the
same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal
cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks."
We? Who is “we?”
if you can’t imagine that your government would think that way, then
you don’t know liberals very well. A Bloomberg New Service story
Wednesday reported that the Virginia-based Flight Safety Foundation was
frustrated by the paucity of airline crashes in the last decade. Indeed,
the last US airliner to fall out of the sky was in November of 2001.
Without crashes, there was no momentum for imposing new regulations and
no reason for their existence.
But why wait for a plane crash when you can cause your own?
Can you say, “Fast and Furious?”
than Sharyl Atkinson, the mainstream news media have participated in
the cover up. CNN contributor L. Z. Granderson argued
that we shouldn’t
even want to know what the Obama/Holder regime was doing because,
regardless of the results, their intentions were good.
was the last time that journalists didn’t want to get to the bottom of a
story? Oh yeah. Now I remember. Every time you find Democrat
malfeasance at the bottom of that story.
that’s why you don’t know who Josephine Terry is. Her loss is no less
tragic than Cindy Sheehan’s, but Mrs. Terry’s grief doesn’t advance the