As with everything else that has gone wrong, the Obama administration claims it all started with President George W. Bush. The ATF under Bush did attempt a similar operation but quickly abandoned it without losing any significant number of weapons when tracking and recovery proved infeasible.
So why did the Obama administration resurrect the operation without even the vestige of a plan or capability to track or recover several thousand semi-automatic weapons they let walk into Mexico? When ATF field agents found this unbelievable, they questioned higher authority and were told to “let the weapons walk.”
Now, it is transparently obvious that the Obama administration’s intent was to give truth to its lie that the United States is the main source of Mexican drug cartel weaponry. This would justify new U.S. gun control measures that have thus far failed to garner support. Obama was likely alluding to this when he assured Sarah Brady that he was still working on gun control but “under the radar.”
As we now know, his plan went awry when the serial-numbered weapons showed up not by being shipped back to the United States by Mexican authorities for verification of origin, but at many violent crime scenes in Mexico and at least 11 in the United States. And among the hundreds of bodies found at these crime scenes were those of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jamie Zapata in Mexico.