One of our commenters has made what I think is a very important point about the rapidly snowballing 'Fast & Furious' scandal that may well consume the Obama presidency:
The (vitally important) difference, however, is that 'Wide Receiver' (the Bush administration program) was carried out in cooperation with the Mexican government, and actually attempted to track the weapons crossing the border. 'Fast & Furious' was carried out in complete secrecy from the Mexican Government, and attempted to basically funnel weapons illegally to Mexican drug runners, so that the guns left at crime scenes could then be traced back to US gun dealers. As someone on NRO (I think it was Andrew McCarthy) pointed out, this operation REQUIRED the deaths of Mexican nationals. How this is distinguished from an act of war against Mexico is not at all clear to me. But then, I didn't go to Harvard.- Samizdata commenter 'Disillusionist' making a very germane point about the 'Fast & Furious' scandal.