US Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the US Senate on Tuesday to defend his department’s handling of the botched Fast and Furious operation. And while he accepted that mistakes had been made, Holder criticised the US Congress for failing to do enough to support the fight against weapons proliferation.
Holder is under intense pressure from Republicans in Washington over Operation Fast and Furious, which allegedly saw a huge number of guns heading over the border into Mexico. For Holder, though, the real issue is the lack of political will to tackle guns in the border states in general. He pointed out, for example, that gun control efforts in Texas and California have been hampered by political wrangling.
Operation Fast and Furious saw high-powered weapons purchased by Mexican groups. The US hoped that by tracking the guns, they could find the groups’ leaders. But guns from the operation have been implicated in a number of serious incidents in recent months, while the operation appears to have achieved little.