America is the best country in the world, but we're still besieged with problems. We're going to need common-sense solutions if we're not only going to win the future, but make sure everyone else loses it.

America is the best country in the world, but we're still besieged with problems. We're going to need common-sense solutions if we're not only going to win the future, but make sure everyone else loses it.

Let's start with a simple problem: Mexican drug cartels. They're engaged in a bloody campaign of death and destruction often fueled by assault rifles their gun runners cross our borders to easily purchase.

I assume a couple of possible solutions would be to improve our border security or restrict rifle sales to non-Mexican drug cartel members.

I wonder what our own Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has come up with.

"U.S. firearms agents said superior officers specifically told them not to intervene as they secretly watched while gun runners purchased illegal firearms in the United States and sent them to Mexico," reported Fox News.

The ATF officials thought if they could track these guns and see where they're going, they may be able to arrest the cartel leaders who are using these guns.

So once these drug cartel runners took the guns to Mexico, how do we know what happened to the guns?

"I can tell you that after a trip to RadioShack I myself manufactured a GPS tracking device that would fit inside the handle of an AK variant rifle," said federal agent John Dodson.

Well, there was one small drawback with this plan.

"The problem with it was the limited battery life," Dodson said.

See, the batteries at RadioShack are designed to work with one of those little remote control helicopters that works one time. Now that we know the GPS tracking device for the assault rifles we sold Mexican drug cartels didn't work, how and where will the guns be found?

"At crime scenes, at a gun battle between the police and the bad guys in which either the bad guy was killed and his gun was left at the scene or used during the commission of a crime in which the gun was left behind.," said ATF agent Rene Jaquez.

So our plan to prevent American guns from being used in Mexican gang violence is to provide Mexican gangs with American guns to use for violence?

If this was the plan that we went with, what plan did we reject?

I've got it. Let's put a tiny microphone in every bullet and hope that when the bad guys are shooting people say their names like, "Nobody mess es with Alonzo Gutierrez ! "

I assumed this was some little-brain idea coming out of a local office. A couple of guys going renegade and not running things through the chain of command, like to their acting director Ken Melson.

Then memos released last week showed that Melson not only knew about the operation, but also got weekly briefings and had set up a video feed in his office so he could watch some of those gun buys taking place.

So the head of the ATF didn't just know about this plan, he was TiVoing it. Way to go, guys.