Can you say Reichstag fire?
This is a typical Hegelian Dialectic wherein the authors of the "crisis" have a predetermined "solution"; and when the "crisis" fails to materialize the authors claim credit for its prevention.
In this case, they sought to show that there was an unbridled flow of firearms into Mexico which failed to manifest on its own. So they decided to help it along through a program which would falsely skew the numbers higher.
The solution was to be the enactment of restrictions on firearms to staunch the fallacious flow. The cessation of the authors' program would give the false impression that the solution had worked because fewer firearms would be flowing into Mexico.
They thereby gain political power while achieving their goal of firearms restrictions to American citizens.
Unfortunately, for the administration, their plan backfired and the same firearms that they were told would reappear did exactly that with devastating results.
As Rahm Emanuel said, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste; and what I mean by that is, it is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before."
Gun Control: The premise that a woman found in an alley, raped and strangled with her own pantyhose, is morally superior to allowing that same woman to defend her life with a firearm.
"Science is built up with facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house." - Jules Henri Poincare
"Three thousand people died on Sept. 11 because eight pilots were killed"
-- former Northwest Airlines pilot Stephen Luckey
Last edited by jimpeel; March 26, 2011 at 11:12 PM.