For more than a week, a Waco/Ruby Ridge like, rancher-vs-feds standoff raged in the Nevada desert. The news coverage was intense; and, quite frankly, a negative for the Obama Administration. Once again, the federal government was seen as an overbearing bully tormenting its own people.
Then, all of a sudden, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just backed off; claiming public safety concerns. A fact that took them days to comprehend even as more and more armed civilians and protestors kept descending on the scene. They even released all the cattle that they had seized. They could have easily kept those cattle and shipped them off to another ranch, but the release was almost like a peace offering and seemed too say: See, we're not really the bad guys here.
I believe the motivation for the stand-down was all about the media coverage and all about the bad press that the Obama Administration was getting. The worst thing that could happen in this election year was to have dozens of Americans hurt or killed in a guns-blazing shootout with the feds. Surely, this President and his advisers are aware that most American's already fear big government intrusion. A fear that 64% expressed in a recent poll and, probably, a direct result of the Democrats forced takeover of their healthcare. A disaster in the Nevada desert would only serve to further that fear and definitely hurt them at election time since they are truly the party of big government.
If my above assumptions are correct, the feds will certainly be back, but not until after the election. This is probably just another delay for similar reasons that so much of ObamaCare was delayed.
One last thing. Cliven Bundy and his refusal to pay fees for grazing on public lands is, without doubt, a violation of law. Whether or not his grazing animals are endangering the desert turtle is a completely different issue. Apparently, the endangered turtle was not a problem when, not far from the Cliven ranch, the construction of a massive solar power plant was approved. The Obama Administration has "fast tracked" 26 such solar power facilities within the Mojave Desert; all of which put the turtle at risk because of the complete upheaval of its burrows. Just another example of the President expecting Americans to do as he says and not as he does.
BLM backs down in dispute over Nevada rancher’s cattle: http://kdvr.com/2014/04/13/blm-backs-down-in-dispute-over-nevada-ranchers-cattle/
In U.S., Fear of Big Government at Near-Record Level: Democrats lead increase in concerns about big government: http://www.gallup.com/poll/151490/fear-big-government-near-record-level.aspx
Where Tortoises and Solar Power Don't Mix: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-10-04/where-tortoises-and-solar-power-dont-mix
Senator Reid Breaks Ground On Solar Facility Near Cliven Ranch: http://www.infowars.com/flashback-sen-reid-breaks-ground-for-nevada-solar-farm-near-bundy-ranch/