Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced his administration is looking into a botched gun-running, crime operation conducted under the Obama administration commonly referred to as “Fast and Furious.”
The president said the U.S. should apologize for their involvement in the operation and the subsequent loss of life to thousands of Mexican residents. Obrador was not in office at the time of the operation.
In a new statement, Obrador said even former president Felipe Calderon was unfamiliar with it. He also said it could be a “violation of our sovereignty.”
“What seems serious to me is that a violation of our sovereignty was carried out, a secret operation and that Mexicans were killed with these weapons,” Lopez Obrador said in Mexico City, Bloomberg reports. “There is still time for the U.S. to apologize.”
“How could this be? A government that invades in this way, that flagrantly violates sovereignty, international laws,” he continued via Dan Bongino. “We have to shine light on this so that an action of this type will never be carried out again.”
The case is back in the public eye in Mexico after an exchange between Lopez Obrador and conservative former president Felipe Calderon, who launched Mexico’s military-led crackdown on drug dealers during his term starting 2006.
Homicides have risen to fresh records during the Lopez Obrador administration. He has rejected his predecessor’s strategy, saying he wants to focus on fighting the poverty that creates the conditions for crime to flourish.
Calderon said on his Twitter account Thursday that he did not know about the U.S. gun operation.
For anyone who needs their memory refreshed, Fast and Furious was an operation carried out by the ATF between 2009-2011 in which they deliberately sold over 2,000 firearms to illegal straw buyers with the hopes of tracking them to Mexican drug cartel leaders so they could be arrested. The absurd scheme went about as well as you’d expect from that brief description. In the end, the guns were used to kill hundreds of Mexicans and one American border patrol agent, and no cartel leaders were apprehended.