I disagree with the conclusion drawn of your editorial about the Justice Department's Operation Fast and Furious ("Faster and more furiously," June 22). While it's not as pressing an issue as the economy, the Fast and Furious scandal is important, and it's important that the American people get some answers.
Contrary to the way it was portrayed in your editorial, Fast and Furious was very different from the program the Bush administration ran. Under the Bush administration, the guns were tracked. Under Fast and Furious, they were not.
Someone came up with the idea to sell guns to drug lords without tracking the guns. It's an absurd plan that made no sense.
That's why it's important that we get to the bottom of this. It's not to bring some kind of closure for the parents of the border agent who was slain with the guns. It's because we still don't know whose idea it was and whether that person may still be dreaming up other ideas for the administration. Assurances aren't enough.
I sympathize with President Barack Obama. Eric Holder is his friend, and I'm sure the president feels they work well together. But Mr. Holder is the country's top law enforcement official, and the president should allow him to sink or swim on his own. Cough up the documents, and let's see where they lead. There are enough hours in a day to turn over documents and fix the economy as well.
Fred Pasek, Frederick