The differences between “Wide Receiver” and “Fast and Furious” (with sources cited)

This week, as pressure mounted on the Obama administration over the “Fast and Furious” scandal, the White House turned to its now well-worn attempt at diversion: it’s all Bush’s fault.  The President should seriously consider trademarking it:

The Previous Administration™

The most egregious falsehood came during Press Secretary Jay Carney’s press conference as he was grilled by ABC’s Jake Tapper:

We absolutely agree with the need to find out the truth about why Fast and Furious happened, why the tactic that, again, was employed in the Previous Administration™ in different operations and was stopped by this attorney general- why it came about

First of all, Carney’s claim that Attorney General Eric Holder put a stop to something that started in the Bush administration is flatly false.  ”Operation Wide Receiver” was a program that took place under the Bush administration, but that program ceased in 2007, almost two years before Eric Holder was sworn in as Attorney General.  

Secondly, “the tactic that was employed by the Previous Administration™” implies that “Fast and Furious” employed the same tactics as “Wide Reciever,” but this couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Here are some key differences between the two programs:

The differences between these two programs are stark and alarming.  The truth is that under Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department began a program that was far more dangerous than the one that ended during Previous Administration™.

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