…As I have said many times, the Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.
…What is the purpose of a deal that, at best, only delays Iran’s nuclear capability for a short period of time?
…The saddest part of the deal for the United States is that all of the money was paid up front, which is unheard of, rather than at the end of the deal when they have shown they’ve played by the rules. – President Donald J. Trump, 10/13/2017
The horrifying thing is, as was usually the case in deals involving our duplicitous Former President, the Iranian Deal itself was only the tip of the iceberg.
FoxNews.com reports that
The Obama administration gave a free pass to Hezbollah’s drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations — some of which were unfolding inside the U.S. — to help ensure the Iran nuclear deal would stay on track, according to a bombshell exposé in Politico Sunday.
An elaborate campaign led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, known as Project Cassandra, reportedly targeted the Lebanese militant group’s criminal activities. But by tossing a string of roadblocks holding back the project, Obama administration officials helped allow the 35-year-old anti-Israel criminal enterprise to evolve into a major global security threat bankrolling terrorist and military operations, the report added.
“This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision,” David Asher, who helped establish Project Cassandra as a Defense Department illicit finance analyst in 2008, told Politico. “They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.”
When Project Cassandra leaders, who were working out of a DEA’s Counter facility in Chantilly, Virginia, sought an OK for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, Justice and Treasury Department officials delayed, hindered or rejected their requests, according to Politico.
The red tape halted Project Cassandra’s efforts to curtail top Hezbollah operatives, including one of the world’s biggest cocaine traffickers who was also supplying conventional and chemical weapons used by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad against his own citizens. That operative’s code name: the “Ghost.”
Former Obama administration officials told Politico anonymously that their decisions were guided by improving relations with Iran, stalling its nuclear weapons program and freeing four Americans prisoners held by the country. They also denied they “derailed” actions against Hezbollah out of politics.
“There has been a consistent pattern of actions taken against Hezbollah, both through tough sanctions and law enforcement actions before and after the Iran deal,” Kevin Lewis who worked at both the White House and Justice Department during the Obama administration, responded.
Asher said the closer the U.S. got to finalizing the Iran nuclear deal, the more difficult it was to conduct Hezbollah investigations. After President Obama announced the deal in January 2016, Project Cassandra officials were transferred to other assignments.
“The closer we got to the [Iran deal], the more these activities went away,” Asher 49, who speaks fluent Japanese and earned his Ph.D. in international relations from Oxford University, told Politico. “So much of the capability, whether it was special operations, whether it was law enforcement, whether it was [Treasury] designations — even the capacity, the personnel assigned to this mission — it was assiduously drained, almost to the last drop, by the end of the Obama administration.”
So, just who is “Hezbollah”
Hezbollah, whose name means “Party of God,” is a Lebanese organization of several thousand Shiite militants that opposes the West and Israel, and seeks to create in Lebanon a Muslim fundamentalist state modeled on Iran. Its primary mission is to destroy the state of Israel and, in the process, to murder as many Jews as possible. Describing itself as “an Islamic struggle movement,” Hezbollah condemns “the Zionist occupation of Palestine” and candidly states that it “sees no legitimacy for the existence of ‘Israel.’” As the Investigative Project on Terrorism puts it: “Hezbollah genuinely believes it has a divine mission to destroy Israel one day.”The Hezbollah Founding Statement contains a section titled “The Necessity for the Destruction of Israel, which reads: “We see in Israel the vanguard of the United States in our Islamic world. It is the hated enemy that must be fought until the hated ones get what they deserve. … Our primary assumption in our fight against Israel states that the Zionist entity is aggressive from its inception, and built on lands wrested from their owners, at the expense of the rights of the Muslim people. Therefore our struggle will end only when this entity is obliterated. We recognize no treaty with it, no cease fire, and no peace agreements, whether separate or consolidated. We vigorously condemn all plans for negotiation with Israel, and regard all negotiators as enemies, for the reason that such negotiation is nothing but the recognition of the legitimacy of the Zionist occupation of Palestine.”
Inspired by the Iranian Revolution of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Hezbollah was formed in 1982 with the aid of at least 1,500 Iranian Revolutionary Guards; its immediate priority was to fight the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) that occupied Lebanon at the time, and to help spread Khomeini’s Revolution across the Muslim world. Embracing the distinctly Shiite Islamist ideology developed by Khomeini, Hezbollah gradually coalesced and grew when a number of Shiite groups — such as Islamic Jihad, the Organization of the Oppressed on Earth, and the Revolutionary Justice Organization — were assimilated into it. By 1988 Hezbollah had replaced Amal as the predominant Shiite force in Lebanon. Its base of operation is in Lebanon’s Shiite-dominated areas, including parts of Beirut, southern Lebanon, and the Bekaa Valley. Moreover, U.S. intelligence reports say that Hezbollah has set up working cells in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America.
According to the U.S. State Department, Hezbollah receives “substantial amounts of financial, training, weapons, explosives, political, diplomatic, and organizational aid from Iran and Syria.” As of 2016, Hezbollah’s annual budget was approximately $1 billion, of which 70% came from Iran. (In prior years, Iran had accounted for a higher percentage of the group’s overall revenues.) Hezbollah uses much of its money to increase the size of its already massive arsenal of surface-to-surface rockets and missiles, of which it had more than 120,000 as of May 2016, making it by far the world’s most heavily armed terrorist organization.
As he always does, Rush Limbaugh cut straight to the heart of the matter on Monday’s Program, summarizing what went on as only he can…
…In its deal, in its determination to secure nuclear weapons for Iran, because that’s what the Iranian nuclear deal is, in its determination to secure nuclear weapons for Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign, and it was the DOJ and the Treasury department both working on this, which was targeting drug trafficking by Hezbollah, which is bought and paid for by Iran.
Hezbollah was funneling cocaine into the U.S. Now, the DEA is all over Mexican drug cartels, right? One of the reasons why TSA security at airports is such that it is is because of Mexican drug cartels and other things, border security, you name it. And here’s the Obama administration ordering law enforcement to look the other way when they find cocaine trafficking in the U.S. by Hezbollah.
Now, some might say, “Why, Rush, why?” Because Obama did not want to anger the Iranians. Remember, the Iranians at this time held either four or eight Americans hostage, which Obama paid a ransom for, by the way, too. Flew pallets of American cash into Tehran, unmarked, the sleaziest kind of payoff you can imagine.
The 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama, certainly left our Sovereign Nation in a precarious position.
Obama purposely and surreptitiously handed a Rogue State of Radical Muslim Barbarians the means of the destruction of both the United States of America and our staunch ally, Israel, while ignoring the fact that Hezbollah was smuggling drugs into the very Sovereign Nation which he swore to protect from “enemies foreign and domestic”.
What made the Former President of these United States, Barack Hussein Obama, trust Iran, an enemy of freedom, to stand by its “Agreement” to refrain from nuking the United States of America and Israel?
And, why in the name of all that’s holy, did Petulant President Pantywaist consent to allow Hezbollah, a sworn enemy of “The Great Satan” (America), to continue smuggling life-destroying drugs into not only our country but nations around the world?
With no assurances or ways to keep them in check, Obama gave them everything they wanted: their money, nuclear capability, and acquiescence by the Government of the United States of America.
Just look at the way that Iran, the world’s largest State Sponsor of Radical Islamic Terrorism has behaved since Obama’s “Nuclear Agreement”, which the President outlined so clearly in his speech.
Barack Hussein Obama was a spineless jellyfish as a President. And, as I have repeatedly written, he had clearly risen to his level of incompetence.
The Iranian Deal was his last chance to achieve a “lasting legacy”.
Or, so his ego-driven psyche thought.
The Radical Islamists who run the country of Iran, the Mad Mullahs, knew exactly who Obama was and what he was. They knew that they could get their way with him and they were not afraid of him.
They played Obama for a sucker.
However, President Trump, however, is another matter.
And, they know it.
Until He Comes,