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Friday, August 10, 2012

DIVIDE AND CONQUER

"As this hurts both of us, I move that we ignore the whole thing."

For a long time, I've been sure we weren't getting the whole picture about Fast & Furious and the drug cartels. The entire operation didn't seem to make any sense, and while I couldn't shake the feeling that at least part of the intention was to push for greater public support of gun control, that wasn't sufficient to explain the crazy activities in Mexico by the US Government.

Further, the stonewalling by the Democrats and the tepid, uncertain reaction by the Republicans on so many deaths was pretty odd.

Well there's a story out now, courtesy The Blaze, which might make more sense of what's going on. A certain drug cartel operative was arrested and claims he was offered a deal: help us out and we won't prosecute you, interfere with your drug trade, and hurt your competition. Then the US government took what he had to offer, and prosecuted him anyway.

So, Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla decided he'd go to the press with the whole story, since the US Government didn't follow through on their deal. Now, keep in mind this guy is a brutal, thuggish murdering drug trafficker who was high up in the Sinaloa cartel, so you have to take what he says with a block of salt but... this bears looking into:
Zambada-Niebla claims that under a “divide and conquer” strategy, the U.S. helped finance and arm the Sinaloa Cartel through Operation Fast and Furious in exchange for information that allowed the DEA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agencies to take down rival drug cartels. The Sinaloa Cartel was allegedly permitted to traffic massive amounts of drugs across the U.S. border from 2004 to 2009 — during both Fast and Furious and Bush-era gunrunning operations — as long as the intel kept coming.
Basically, the plan - back to the Bush era - was to divide the cartels and get them fighting each other, using one cartel for information in exchange for hurting the other and not interfering as much with their work.

Now, before you say "the US Government/Bush administration/good guys would never do that!!" yes, they would. They have, before. Official foreign policy for decades in America was to help out scumbags who fought communism no matter how bad they were. The idea was to fight communism with someone who was the enemy of our enemy, even if they were evil, too. And law enforcement has in the past used this technique as well: to use one mob against the other in exchange for looking the other way sometimes.
Zambada-Niebla was reportedly responsible for coordinating all of the Sinaloa Cartel’s multi-ton drug shipments from Central and South American countries, through Mexico, and into the United States. To accomplish this, he used every tool at his disposal: Boeing 747 cargo planes, narco-submarines, container ships, speed boats, fishing vessels, buses, rail cars, tractor trailers and automobiles. But Guzman and Zambada-Niebla’s overwhelming success within the Sinaloa Cartel was largely due to the arrests and dismantling of many of their competitors and their booming businesses in the U.S. from 2004 to 2009 — around the same time ATF’s gun-walking operations were in full swing. Fast and Furious reportedly began in 2009 and continued into early 2011.

According Zambada-Niebla, that was a product of the collusion between the U.S. government and the Sinaloa Cartel.

Now, this man says that this kind of thing happened a lot, primarily because the policy was to try to use one cartel to destroy the others. I can see where someone in a fit of pragmatism and frustration with the trouble decided this would work. The problem is things have gotten significantly worse, particularly with the Sinaloa Cartel, who is responsible for many of the most ghastly stories out of Mexico.

Again, who knows if we can trust this guy's word or not but it does seem to fit why both parties are very reluctant to go anywhere with the scandal and deaths tied into Fast & Furious when this should have destroyed governments.

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