Good morning, everyone!
1 Again I ask: how does democracy survive this? It is so discouraging to read about facts that “the public has a right to know,” that are”fit to print,” or that must be revealed if democracy is not to “die in darkness,” and know, know, that they will not be honestly or properly covered by the mainstream news media for purely partisan and ideological purposes. It is doubly discouraging to know that so many Americans are either so brainwashed or without integrity to begin with that they will defend this betrayal…and even attack those who try to let the truth out.
There was a story published earlier this week by Politico, which is largely left-leaning but a major source of political news on the web. It was thoroughly sourced, and thoroughly shocking.
It described how Obama administration secretly quashed efforts to stop Hezbollah from funding its operations through criminal enterprises in the United States, deliberately sabotaging US law enforcement’s efforts to fight terrorist drug and money laundering operations, by curtailing long-standing efforts to interdict cocaine shipments in the U.S. by Hezbollah, the terrorist organization closely allied with Iran.
The federal and international effort to root out Hezbollah’s crime network predated the Obama administration:
The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities.
But President Obama was determined to get his nuclear deal with Iran done in his second term, so this effort was suspended by executive directive. “This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision,” said Politico’s on-the-record source David Asher, a Defense Department official charged with tracking Hezbollah’s worldwide criminal enterprise “They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.”
A former CIA officer confirmed tp Politico that the Obama administration’s efforts to hobble their investigation were tied to directly to the nuclear deal with Iran:
DEA operations in the Middle East were shut down repeatedly due to political sensitivities, especially in Lebanon, according to one former CIA officer working in the region. He said pressure from the White House also prompted the CIA to declare “a moratorium” on covert operations against Hezbollah in Lebanon, too, for a time, after the administration received complaints from Iranian negotiators.
“During the negotiations, early on, they [the Iranians] said listen, we need you to lay off Hezbollah, to tamp down the pressure on them, and the Obama administration acquiesced to that request,” the former CIA officer told POLITICO. “It was a strategic decision to show good faith toward the Iranians in terms of reaching an agreement.”
The Obama team “really, really, really wanted the deal,” the former officer said.
As in so many other policy areas, Politico reports, once the Obama administration left office in January 2017, the curtailment of the anti-Hezbollah efforts was reversed. The logjam of task force cases appeared to break, and several task force members told Politico that it wasn’t a coincidence. Meanwhile, reporter Josh Meyer’s writes,
…Hezbollah — in league with Iran, Russia and the Assad regime — has all but overwhelmed the opposition groups in Syria, including those backed by the United States. Hezbollah continues to help train Shiite militants in other hotspots and to undermine U.S. efforts in Iraq, according to U.S. officials. It also continues its expansion in Latin America and, DEA officials said, its role in trafficking cocaine and other drugs into the United States. And it is believed to be the biggest trafficker of the powerful stimulant drug Captagon that is being used by fighters in Syria on all sides.
Politico’s investigative news story also revealed that an element of the deal was to let a top Hezbollah operative named Ali Fayad go free as part of the exchange of prisoners. Fayad had been indicted in U.S. courts for planning to kill American government employees, and U.S. agents believed he reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was the part of the deal that President Obama had described in his January 2016 speech announcing the lifting of sanctions on Iran as a “reciprocal humanitarian gesture” in which the United States would release some Iranian-born “civilians” who “were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses.”
As of yesterday, the Obama Legacy Guard hadn’t mounted a credible denial of this. One administration member I saw yesterday angrily told Fox that nobody knew the various considerations the administration had to balance to get the Iran deal done. That’s not exactly a rebuttal; to me it sounded like a confirmation, a classic non-denial denial.
Wrote the Federalist’s David Hirsanyi yesterday, “At this point the Iranian deal should be a colossal scandal. That it’s not tells us a lot about what’s wrong with American journalism and political discourse.”
I cannot find any mention of the story in the New York Times or the Washington Post. CNN hasn’t covered it, though they had time yesterday to mock how the President drank a glass of water, along with other deranged Trump-haters in the media. The three major non-cable networks not named Fox also skipped the story. Fox News covered it as the major revelation it was.
Well, we can’t have that: on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” CNN’s fake ethics watchdog discussed whether Fox was “a real news channel.”
2. But never mind…In related news, Colorado Democrats have renamed their annual “Jefferson Jackson Dinner” the “Obama Dinner” to the 44th president and his wife, because Michelle Obama is more worthy of honor than the founders of the Democratic Party and two of the three greatest Democratic Presidents, both of whom are deemed unworthy because they embodied that racial views of their era and culture. The third great Democratic President—there are only three, with Obama destined to share the level just over Buchanan, Pierce along with Jimmy Carter—can’t be honored because of the embarrassing rounding up all the Japanese Americans thing. Remember, on Progressive World, race obliterates everything. Everything.
3. Feel the hate. After first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump made a surprise visit to high school students at the Norwalk Early College Academy, a program at Norwalk (Connecticut) High School that allows students to earn a high school diploma and associate’s degree in software engineering, some parents objected and criticized the school for not giving them advance notice so they could pull their kids out of class.
Bias makes you stupid, and hate plus bias makes you an incompetent and irresponsible parent. There is no excuse for behaving like this, but there is a reason: irrational partisan extremism that has become pathological. These parents are modelling un-American and dangerously divisive attitudes for their children, and helping to ensure that the rising generation will be as sick or sicker than the current one.
4. Too stupid to be an Ethics Dunce. I won’t waste an Ethics Dunce on the likes of Rosie O’Donnell, so I’ll just mention here that yesterday she offered three Republican Senators 2 million dollars each if they would vote against the GOP tax reform bill. She really did. It’s not even worth my time explaining all that’s wrong with this. If you can’t figure it out, ask someone else. Or put your head up for sale on eBay.
I still have Christmas tree lights to hang.