April 27, 2011

America is funding her own destruction

A pair of .pdf files for your reading pleasure:
Interim Review of ATF's Project Gunrunner
Review of ATF's Project Gunrunner

A couple of web pages over at ATF concerning Project Gunrunner:
ATF Fact Sheet for Project Gunrunner
ATF Recovery Act Summary of Project Gunrunner

David Cordrea at National Gun Rights Examiner and Mike Vanderboegh over at Sipsey Street Irregulars originally broke this story. As time goes on many other people will take credit for it, but they are in fact the two who used their personal contacts within the ATF and other federal agencies to gather the first facts and present the first public articles. They also deserve credit for being the driving force behind Congressional involvement in this huge waste of taxpayer dollars. Even worse, Project Gunrunner became the unseen and unacknowledged source of the majority of illegal weapons transfers from American gun shows and gun dealers to Mexican drug cartels. This illegal traffic, with plans and directives that originated in Eric Holder's office, became the administration's "factual basis" for demanding further restrictions on your unalienable right to keep and bear arms.

Where I come from we call this a "self-fulfilling prophecy". These weapons, provided by your government with your money to Mexican drug cartels, have killed an unknown number of Mexican police, soldiers, and civilians, as well as at least two American Federal agents.

Over the past four years somewhere around 35,000 people have died as a result of the war being fought between the corrupt Mexican federal government and the drug cartels. One of the most brutal and sadistic of these cartels, Los Zetas, was trained by the CIA using your tax dollars. Likewise, Al Qaeda, the terrorists who brought down the Twin Towers and by doing so thrust us into two wars in the Middle East, were also trained and armed with your tax dollars. So a couple days ago, when I read that we are sending $25 million in "non-lethal aid" to the Libyan rebels I cannot help but wonder if we have just made a down payment on the next 9/11.

We armed Saddam Hussein. We armed the Taliban. We trained and armed Al Qaeda. We trained Los Zetas. We put dozens of the world's worst dictators in power. And when all these things turned into world-shattering crises, we passed laws that eroded the Constitution, destroyed your freedoms, and carried us another step down the road to totalitarianism.

I'm thinking that if we just stop arming and training rebels, revolutionaries, thugs, and criminals, we can kill two birds with one stone. Stopping this insanity will help reduce the deficit, balance the budget, strengthen the Constitution, and restore the nation. Bringing home our forces scattered throughout the Middle East and dramatically expanding the domestic energy supply with fewer EPA regulations on mining and drilling (and yes, living with the environmental damage that results) would also allow us to stop sending hundreds of billions of dollars to dozens of potential enemies.

According to the U.S. National Debt Clock, we now have $113.5 trillion in unfunded liabilities! That is ten times the national GDP. We owe ten times the amount of goods and services the entire nation produces every year! I think the time has come to stop providing military assistance to foreign governments with questionable human rights records, to accept some pollution and ruined landscapes in order to transform ourselves from net importer of fossil fuels to a net exporter, to stop funding private research projects that produce billions in corporate profits for pharmaceutical companies, chemical companies, and defense contractors, to stop providing government subsidies to private charities, and to eliminate funding for public artworks not directly related to important historic events.

We can no longer afford to carry the world on our shoulders. It is time to stop feeling responsible for the future of the world. Even money spent on the United Nations has become money dedicated to overriding the Constitution and destroying the freedoms of you and I. Enough is enough!

Why are putting our children and grandchildren in debt in order to fund our own destruction?