From the government's own mouth:
"Justice Dept. rips report on Fast and Furious; Says GOP wrong to lay flawed plan to Obama team" by Pete Yost | Associated Press, August 01, 2012
WASHINGTON — In Operation Fast and Furious and at least three earlier probes during the administration of President George W. Bush, a Republican, agents in Arizona employed a risky tactic called gun-walking — allowing low-level “straw” buyers in gun-trafficking networks to leave with loads of weapons purchased at gun shops.
In other words, government gun-running and drug-running has been going on for a long, long time.
The goal was to track the guns to major weapons traffickers and drug cartels in order to bring cases against kingpins who had long eluded prosecution under the prevailing strategy of arresting most low-level purchasers of guns who were suspected of buying them for others.
In Operation Fast and Furious, many of the weapons were not tracked, and some wound up at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States....
Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said the Republican report “reiterates many of the distortions and now-debunked conspiracy theories that Representative Issa has been advancing for a year and a half, including the fiction that the flawed tactics used in Fast and Furious were somehow the brainchild of the current administration as opposed to the reality that the pattern of flawed tactics dates back to 2006 and the prior administration.”
And THERE IT IS! When government hollers debunked conspiracy theory it deserves a look. When they and their mouthpiece media have opposed reality so many times it is a duty.
Also see: Working Fastly and Furiously On Mexican Post
Alphabet Agency: Putting Holder on ICE
Letting Go of Eric Holder
That's what happens when you take opium.