Obama Reportedly 'Let Hezbollah off the Hook' to Protect His Controversial Iran Deal

| DEC 18, 2017 | 3:33 PM

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Former President Barack Obama’s supposedly scandal-free administration reportedly worked to protect the terrorist group Hezbollah in order to safeguard the controversial Iran nuclear deal.

To do that, the Obama White House allegedly thwarted Drug Enforcement Administration efforts centered on the Iran-backed terrorist outfit, according to an extensive report Politico published Sunday, by placing a series of roadblocks in its way.

“This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision,” Defense Department illicit finance analyst David Asher said. “They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.”

The DEA effort, which started in 2008, was called “Project Cassandra.” It tracked Hezbollah’s trafficking of drugs and weapons, its money laundering, and other criminal activities, some of which were carried out in the U.S.

But the Obama administration allegedly obstructed the operation:

Project Cassandra members say administration officials also blocked or undermined their efforts to go after other top Hezbollah operatives including one nicknamed the “Ghost,” allowing them to remain active despite being under sealed U.S. indictment for years. 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.

Former administration officials insisted there were no political motivations behind the derailment of Project Cassandra. Instead, the ex-staffers said, it was about slowing down Iran’s nuclear development and improving relations with the Middle Eastern country.

However, just after Obama announced the advancement to the Iran deal in January of 2016, officials working on Project Cassandra said they were reassigned. Each time the U.S. got closer to finalizing its agreement with Iran, Asher said, more of the DEA project “went away.”

“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,” he said.