I mentioned this in a previous post. Now the former lead ATF official in Mexico claims the operation was approved by somebody very high up at the Department of Justice, according to this news report. Exactly how high is still to be determined.
I’m having a lot of trouble understanding what they thought they were going to accomplish. Once the guns got to Mexico they weren’t being tracked, and even if they could connect them to some particular drug kingpin, ATF has no police powers there. Any arrests would have to have been made by Mexican authorities. The same authorities who were being kept in the dark about the very existence of the operation.
This really sounds like an operation planned by Underpants Gnomes. Phase 1: Allow guns to be smuggled across the border. Phase 3:
Profit Take down the drug cartels.