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In short, like Watergate, the Gunwalker scandal is the tip of the proverbial iceberg. It’s just getting started.

If Mr. Issa follows the firearms, the Obama administration will have one last defense against a fatal firestorm of bad publicity and, lest we forget, criminal prosecution. National security. We did what we did (and we can’t tell you what we did) to protect America from her enemies.

In fact, the ATF and its enablers armed vicious criminals who shot an American citizen on American soil. Mr. Holder will say Agent Terry’s death was an accident, part of the pursuit of the greater good. But Mr. Holder won’t say that to Terry’s or Zapata’s family. Even if he did, it wouldn’t be true.

Robert Farago is managing editor of