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When I wrote about the Bundy ranch standoff in Nevada last week, it seemed like the increasingly ominous standoff was leading up to something. As it turns out, it was leading up to a remarkable retreat by the Bureau of Land Management, which withdrew from the disputed area, dismantled its First Amendment Zones, and even released the 400 cattle it seized from rancher Cliven Bundy.

Big Government at work: Bundy allegedly owes $1.1 million in grazing fees, so the BLM spends north of $3 million on a massive operation involving air and ground forces to lock down a patch of land the size of Delaware… and they end up releasing the cattle.

Fox News related the white-flag statement from the Bureau of Land Management, which signaled that the whole mess would be rolling back into the courtrooms, where it has been percolating for over 20 years:

“After 20 years and multiple court orders to remove the trespass cattle, [rancher Cliven] Bundy owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million. The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially,” a statement from the bureau said. “We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner.”

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