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Obama’s Hezbollah Failure: 5 Key Takeaways From the Politico Bombshell

Politico is out with a new bombshell on the Obama administration's failure to take on Hezbollah's international criminal network, all in order to pass the Iran deal. Here are the key passages from a long read.

By NTK Staff | 12.19.2017 @11:00am
Obama’s Hezbollah Failure: 5 Key Takeaways From the Politico Bombshell

Politico is out with some stellar reporting on Project Cassandra, a law enforcement operation to track and stifle international criminal activity by Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based political and social group with ties to terrorist activity and strong backing from Iran.

The three-part story by Josh Meyer has a damning enough headline – “The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook” – but the half-hour read is well worth the time and effort, because it demonstrates the lengths Obama officials went to pass an Iran deal that many feel was flawed anyway.

In case you’re too busy to read the whole piece – and you should bookmark it for your off-time during the holidays – here are five key paragraphs that emphasize the impact the Obama administration’s sabotage of law enforcement had on the criminal activity of Hezbollah.

#1: THE LEAD

The lead paragraph sums up the shocking nature of the Obama administration’s activity, and sets the tone for the three-part series:

In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.

#2: THE RESULT

The result of the Obama administration’s willingness to drop the ball on Hezbollah? Actions from U.S. adversaries like Iran, Syria, Venezuela, and Russia went unpunished:

As a result, the U.S. government lost insight into not only drug trafficking and other criminal activity worldwide, but also into Hezbollah’s illicit conspiracies with top officials in the Iranian, Syrian, Venezuelan and Russian governments — all the way up to presidents Nicolas Maduro, Assad and Putin, according to former task force members and other current and former U.S. officials.

#3: THE COVER-UP

Why did the Obama administration turn a blind eye to Hezbollah’s multi-million-dollar criminal enterprise? Three words: the Iran deal.

Some Obama officials warned that further crackdowns against Hezbollah would destabilize Lebanon. Others warned that such actions would alienate Iran at a critical early stage of the serious Iran deal talks. And some officials, including Monaco, said the administration was concerned about retaliatory terrorist or military actions by Hezbollah, task force members said.

#4: THE DOUBLE-DOWN

Officials behind Project Cassandra had the chance to directly address “Obama national security officials” about the extent of Hezbollah’s network at a May 2014 summit in Tampa. The result of their briefing? Even more pushback from Obamaworld.

The summit, and several weeks of interagency prep that preceded it, however, prompted even more pushback from some top national security officials.

#5: THE PRESENT

What impact does the Obama administration’s blind eye have today? For one, a full-steam-ahead mentality in Iran, in case relations go sour. Long story short: Iran has a backup plan for if it doesn’t get what it wants out of the nuclear deal.

The June arrests “bring into sharp focus that the Iranians are making contingency plans for when the U.S. turns up the heat on Iran,” said [Magnus] Ranstorp, research director of the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defence College, who is in frequent contact with U.S. intelligence officials. “If they think it requires some military or terrorist response, they have been casing targets in the U.S. since the late 1990s.”

Read the full story here.

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