Fast and Furious front and center

The two most important words in the current Obama administration scandal aren’t “Fast” or “Furious.” They are “Brian Terry.”

In December 2010, Brian Terry — a former Marine and police officer turned Border Patrol agent — was working in Arizona, 11 miles from the Mexican border. He was killed in a gunfight with Mexican drug runners, and two of the AK-47s found at the scene were linked to a then-unknown program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms called “Operation Fast and Furious.”

The name is perfect, because the president wants you furious — and fast.

He wants you focused on those mean ol’ House Republicans who, according to Department of Justice consultant Robert Raben, are just “doing the bidding of the National Rifle Association.” Obama wants you debating Bush-era gun programs vs. his own, the limits of presidential privilege — anything except the fact that yesterday brought us the highest four-week average of initial jobless claims for the year.

For Team Obama, this story is all about politics.

Read More at the Boston Herald. By Michael Graham.

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