Originally Posted by Aguila Blanca
The problem with this hypothesis is that (a) they had no assets with which to track the guns once they crossed the border, and (b) they didn't inform either the Mexican authorities (who would have tipped off the cartels, I'm sure) OR our own people in Mexico. So just how were they going to "hammer" the cartels with no assets?
There would be no need to track the guns if the FBI's cartel informant was arranging the smuggling.
Fast and Furious was launched late in 2009
. The Gulf, La Familia, and Sinaloa cartels also formed an alliance
against Los Zetas late in 2009
. Why not arms the cartel alliance to offset the rapidly growing power of Los Zetas? At worst, all of the cartels would be weakened fighting each other.