POLITICO Bombshell: Obama Let Hezbollah Smuggle Coke Into US to Help Seal Iran Nuke Deal

By Al Perrotta Published on December 18, 2017

President Barack Obama torpedoed a DEA-led effort to stop Hezbollah from smuggling cocaine into the country. POLITICO broke the bombshell news Sunday night. The reason for allowing the Iran-backed terror group’s criminal enterprise to continue? Obama’s desperate desire for better relations and a nuclear deal with Iran.

The DEA teamed with dozens of agencies here and abroad in 2008 after discovering Hezbollah had grown beyond Middle East politics and thuggery into international crime. The special task force was called Project Cassandra. For eight years Project Cassandra worked to unravel Hezbollah’s drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities.

They followed cocaine shipments, some from Latin America to West Africa and on to Europe and the Middle East, and others through Venezuela and Mexico to the United States. They tracked the river of dirty cash as it was laundered by, among other tactics, buying American used cars and shipping them to Africa.

Hezbollah isn’t just smuggling cocaine. A November piece in The Hill noted, “Hezbollah’s involvement in producing and selling counterfeit medicines such as Captagon — a powerful amphetamine — is well documented.” Captagon is dubbed “chemical courage.” It was the drug of choice for ISIS. As Canada’s CBC reported, Captagon is “widely used by fighters in the Syrian civil war for its ability to make people alert, fearless and ready to kill with abandon.”

Project Cassandra traced the crime syndicate to “the innermost circle of Hezbollah and its state sponsors in Iran.”

In Steps Obama

However, the higher Project Cassandra reached, the harder Obama officials threw “an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way.”

When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected their requests.

This included the DOJ refusing to file charges against:

  • Hezbollah’s high-profile envoy to Iran.
  • A Lebanese bank that allegedly laundered billions in alleged drug profits.
  • A central player in a U.S.-based cell of the Iranian paramilitary Quds force.

Pause right there. The Quds Force is the special forces unit of Iran’s feared Revolutionary Guards responsible for their foreign operations. Since 2007, the U.S. has designated the Quds Force as a supporter of terrorism. In other words, Obama rejected the chance to take down an Iranian terror cell leader operating on our soil.

Further, his State Dept. refused requests to lure other “high value” targets to countries where they could be arrested.

The Administration also rejected calls to extradite Lebanese arms dealer Ali Fayad. Fayad is thought to be Vladimir Putin’s key supplier of weapons to Syria and Iraq. He was also wanted in the U.S. for planning the murders of U.S. government employees, among other terror-related crimes.

Project Cassandra members also say they were blocked in efforts go after an operative nicknamed the ‘”Ghost.”

People familiar with his case say the Ghost has been one of the world’s biggest cocaine traffickers, including to the U.S., as well as a major supplier of conventional and chemical weapons for use by Syrian President Bashar Assad against his people.

Pause again. In other words, Obama rejected a chance to slow or stop Assad’s stockpiling of chemical weapons.

One analyst told POLITICO: “They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.” In POLITICO’s words Obama “let Hezbollah off the hook.”

The question turns to “Why?”

Answer: He wanted to embrace Iran and get that nuclear deal.

Coddling Iran’s Terrorist Wing to Get a Signature on the Dotted Line

President Obama came to office vowing to improve relations with Iran. (From what, “Death to America” to “Maiming to America”?) He dreamed of drawing the bloodthirsty Islamist regime into the family of nations. This Iran embrace included attempting to build up “moderate elements” within Hezbollah. Reaching a nuclear deal — any deal — was his singular objective.

As Project Cassandra members told POLITICO, these factors made Obama reluctant to move against top Hezbollah operatives. Ultimately, Project Cassandra was scattered to the wind.

Obama officials are not denying that Project Cassandra’s efforts were thwarted. They’re just denying the motives were “political.”

A former national security official who played a role in the Iran nuclear negotiations all but tells POLITICO there were bigger fish to fry. What Obama was doing was above Project Cassandra’s pay grade. You can smell the smugness as strong as pine in a Christmas tree lot. “I get the feeling people who don’t know what’s going on in the broader universe are grasping at straws,” said the official. “The world is a lot more complicated than viewed through the narrow lens of drug trafficking.”

An Obama-era Treasury official named Katherine Bauer makes it less complicated. She admitted in written testimony last February that “under the Obama administration … these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”

Tied Up in a Christmas Bow

Let’s tie it up what Obama did with a Christmas bow: Iran shouts “Death to America.” A terror group operated by Iran is allowed to funnel cocaine into America and commit whatever other mayhem on our shores. They’re also allowed to make the drug that helps give ISIS the chemical boost to slaughter whole villages. America allows this just so America can reach a deal with Iran. A deal which puts billions in Iran’s pocket. A deal which in a decade puts a nuclear bomb in their hands. And still Iran shouts “Death to America.”

The mainstream media’s reaction to POLITICO’s devastating, shocking story? A story that makes Iran-Contra look like Elmo & Patsy? Let’s just say that thus far, the media have shown more interest in the Trump’s Diet Coke drinking habits than Obama’s coke smuggling.

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  • Patmos

    I don’t know what’s worse, Obama’s disastrous foreign policy, or the people who fail to see or admit just how disastrous Obama’s foreign policy was even when you explain it to them.

  • The worst deal in history just got worse. There also are reports that the ransom was more than $400M, and went into the billions. Don’t forget that obama smoothly asserted it wasn’t a ransom at all. It just happened to fall on the same day as the hostage release, and Iran just happened to hold the hostages until the money was securely in its hands.

  • Dean Bruckner

    Barack Hussein Obama, traitor to the United States and enemy of the Constitution. He should be tried and the sentence should be executed immediately.

  • Paul

    Sounds like something Hillary would do… oh yea she was in the mix as well.

  • mbabbitt

    Talk about betraying the people of our country. And they are investigating Trump?

  • Eric

    The article says, “Coddling Iran’s Terrorist Wing to Get a Signature on the Dotted Line”.

    However, it’s even worse than that. “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document” according to our own state department. The Iran government specifically chose to not have the Iran parliament vote on it in order to avoid requiring Iran’s president to sign it.

    President Obama didn’t require Iranian leaders to sign the nuclear deal that his team negotiated with the regime, and the deal is not “legally binding,” his administration acknowledged in a letter to Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) obtained by National Review.

    “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,” wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the November 19 letter.

    Frifield wrote the letter in response to a letter Pompeo sent Secretary of State John Kerry, in which he observed that the deal the president had submitted to Congress was unsigned…

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani discouraged his nation’s parliament from voting on the nuclear deal in order to avoid placing legal burdens on the regime. “If the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is sent to [and passed by] parliament, it will create an obligation for the government. It will mean the president, who has not signed it so far, will have to sign it,” Rouhani said in August. “Why should we place an unnecessary legal restriction on the Iranian people?”

    “This is not a mere formality,” Pompeo wrote in his September 19 letter. “Those signatures represent the commitment of the signatory and the country on whose behalf he or she is signing. A signature also serves to make clear precisely who the parties to the agreement are and the authority under which that nation entered into the agreement. In short, just as with any legal instrument, signing matters.”
    Read more at National Review’s article: “State Department: Iran Deal Is Not ‘Legally Binding’ and Iran Didn’t Sign It” by JOEL GEHRKE, November 24, 2015 7:35 PM

    So there is no commitment from Iran even in terms of the official dotted line.

  • Kilroy ✓ᴰᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    can we nullify barry soetoro yet

  • This makes my blood boil. If there are legal actions that can be taken against Obama or a person in his administration over this, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It’s amazing how anti American Obama was throughout his presidency. It’s disgraceful and he should be held in disgrace.

  • Uh, you know Obama isn’t a politician anymore, right? Aren’t there enough active politicians for you to critique? Or are things really running that smoothly in Washington?

  • Steve

    No surprise on the captagon and coke. I think the drugs are a big reason many progressives hang in with the corruptness of their party since that party favors eccentricity and alternative lifestyles that include drugs, decadence and every con for themselves.

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