So... Special Agent Bretzing, AG Lynch and Governor Brown ... let me be upfront here. I'm not a resident of Oregon and I haven't traveled to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge to take a first-hand look at what really went down there. I do have some friends and colleagues who are residents of that fine state, and I have taken what their perceptions and interpretations of this debacle are into consideration, since they are people I know and trust as being people of reason and compromise.
I need to be honest here. Last night I didn't sleep - at all. After the knowledge that the leadership of the government I delegate decision making to chose coercion over compromise, culminating in the needless and senseless death of an American citizen became known to me, let me advise you: I am not impressed, and I am not amused. And I want answers - as does most of America - no matter what political cheer squad you claim allegiance to.
I read your Press Release, Special Agent Bretzing. I didn't have the stomach to watch your press conference. After 8 full years of the Obama Regime, I've had my fill of watching official lies and dissembling in real time. The transcript sufficed.
So, without further ado, let's Fisk your explanation to America:
"We worked diligently to bring the situation at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge to a peaceful end".
Well, obviously your "diligence" didn't pay off, because it didn't end "peacefully". A man is dead, and I have yet to be provided a reasonable explanation for it.
"We cannot get into every action tried or taken."
This is not a good way to begin your accounting to America and the world for this abysmal leadership failure. Putting that aside, I do have some pertinent questions:
Did any of these "actions" you tried or took include volunteering to fund and facilitate community meetings to allow a public airing of their grievances with DOJ funded "facilitators" and DOJ resources for things like sound systems, seating, advertising commensurate with the lavish resources the CRS provided to the violent, black, race-based grievance activists to "address the community" in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting?
Just curious - all things, and all "grievances" being equal in this "fundamentally transformed" America I live in. After all, we were informed that our tax dollars were being redirected to these violent groups that were threatening the civic order in the aftermath of the Martin shooting as a good-faith effort to "diffuse tensions". From what I can ascertain from speaking to residents of the fair state of Oregon, there are equal polar extremes along ideological, rather than color, lines there. It would seem that the tensions between the ranching and government agency groups that mirror the same ideological strains throughout the rest of the country would warrant that comparable investment at a minimum.
It is my understanding that one of the core demands of the Malheur occupiers was the opportunity to address the community in a town-hall style forum, which was sure to be broadcast both nationally and internationally, and that efforts were being made to provide that forum. What changed - or was it all part of the Big Lie and further evidence that "some grievances are more equal than others?"
"Let me be clear: It is fully and unequivocally the behavior and the choices made by the occupiers..."
Okay, hey, Special Agent Bretzing, Full Stop here. We're all grown-ups so we can be brutally honest with each other, right? It was not the "behavior and the choices of the occupiers" (which I admit was foolish and poorly conceived), but the failed "leadership" of both Governor Brown and Attorney General Lynch (your boss, higher up your foodchain) and dare I say it out loud? - gross incompetence that "led us to this point".
Both Brown and Lynch were driven by emotional, ideological decision making and as a consequence of that psychological framework in which they choose to view the world around them, their decisions will have lasting consequences beyond this most recent clash of viewpoints.
Maggie Thatcher I guess was an outlier as a woman blessed with the temperament and confidence to manage challenges and critics without lashing out irrationally as a show of force for no other reason than to "show force" and demand obeisance. Both of these women (Brown, Lynch) demonstrated that they are ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of office in a diverse plurality in an even-handed way. Both deserve to be removed from their offices for non-performance and incompetence while under duress, having failed the only true test of leadership. Making easy decisions under calm seas isn't really a stretch or exemplar of "leadership". They were tested, and they fell short. Dramatically so.
Continuing right along --
"we will continue to look for safe, peaceful and productive ways to end this occupation".
Well, please get back to the rest of us in America when you've achieved that goal, because none of your efforts so far have met that bar. And you wonder why the FBI is losing credibility and support of the public in general? When people start mocking your specialty teams with monikers like "Hostage Roasting Team", it's not generally a sign that you have earned the respect and support of the people you are tasked to protect, right?
"the sooner the citizens of Harney County can start healing this community they cherish so much".
Well, Special Agent Bretzing, as someone who has written more than my fair share of Press Releases, I understand the adage to conclude with a "positive, affirmative action summary statement" - but I gotta confide in you, your PR flaks let you down on this one and missed the mark - big time.
This is no longer about "Harney County" and their "healing". If it was, the presser would have been held and fielded by the Harney County Sheriff's office. No sir, this is much bigger now - thanks in part to your mismanagement and missteps - whether by incompetence or design - this is now, as evidenced by your presence - a Federal matter with national reach, and national consequences.
What you have demonstrated is that the leadership within this Administration is so extreme in its ideological viewpoints that it cannot, and will not, entertain any contrary viewpoints or challenges to its precepts and unilateral actions that do not serve to further its own radical agenda.
And that, Special Agent Bretzing, is a condition that you have not ameliorated with your actions but instead have escalated. And we will hold you, and the rest of those in the decision making chain accountable for what follows.