I'm surprised we haven' heard "Bush did it too!" as an excuse for the various "Gunwalker" operations in which the BATFEIEIO pressured gun dealers to allow illegal sales, under the pretense of tracking them to Mexican drug gangs. Except that they didn't actually track them.
Anyway,has a look at the Bush-era No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money Operation Wide Receiver.
From me, in comments: FWIW, and unless I'm missing something, it seems there's a difference between tracking of guns in Wide Receiver failing for what are essentially technical reasons--even if the technical reasons include pis-poor planning--and Fast and Furious not even trying to actually track guns.