By SILVIO CANTO, JR.
Nearly a decade after the failed U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) gun-running sting called Fast and Furious ended in the tragic Arizona desert murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is now demanding clarification about the bilateral operation, and has asked for a formal apology from the U.S. government.
On Tuesday, May 12, I spoke with Allan Wall, who writes often about U.S.-Mexican issues. Like me, Allan was a bit surprised that AMLO has opened this case so many years later.
In fact, the Mexican president sent a diplomatic note to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City on the matter.
This is from Mexico News Daily: “Referring to the details of the diplomatic note in a video message, (Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary) Marcelo Ebrard said that if the United States government executed the gun-running scheme without the knowledge of Mexican officials, it violated Mexico’s sovereignty. On the other hand, if the government led by Calderón did know about the ‘Fast and Furious’ scheme, that administration committed ‘serious violations’ against the constitution, Ebrard said, because former Mexican officials denied knowledge of it in statements made to Congress and society.”
Let’s remember that the “scheme” occurred between 2009and 2011, during the term of Mexican President Felipe Calderón (2006–12).
Let’s also add that Calderón defeated Mr. López-Obrador in a controversial election decided by 244,000 out of 39 million votes.
As many in Mexico acknowledge, the feud between López-Obrador and Calderón is personal.
In other words, AMLO believes — and constantly states — that the 2006 election was stolen from him.
It appears that AMLO now wants to go after Calderón, blaming him for the weapons that ended up in Mexico.
Up here in the United States, President Donald Trump has a great opportunity to cooperate with Mexico and call on former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to explain what Fast and Furious was all about.
My guess is that Biden was not involved. I think that this was then. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s fumble, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask Biden about it.
Politics aside, I would like to know what happened. How did 2,000 lethal weapons end up in the hands of cartels? How did this happen?
Trump should put his administration on record as saying that the United States will cooperate and express his regrets to the victims in Mexico.
Silvio Canto, Jr. is a Cuban-born U.S. citizen who teaches English at a north Texas college. He is the author of the book “Cubanos in Wisconsin” and has a daily online radio program and blog dealing with U.S. and Latin American politics, as well as sports and historic events.
…May 14, 2020