Israeli to Barack Obama: Return Your Nobel Prize!
Israeli government officials are outraged over a new report that demonstrates just how desperate President Barack Obama was to make sure that nothing threw his precious Iranian nuclear deal off course. So desperate, in fact, that he was willing to intentionally sabotage his own administration – his own Drug Enforcement Agency – to ensure that Iran remained at the negotiating table.
According to a feature story in Politico this weekend, Obama planted roadblock after roadblock in front of his DEA agents as they tried to investigate the dirty deeds of the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah. As the Iran nuclear agreement was nearing fruition, the DEA was closing in on Hezbollah’s $1 billion/year criminal operation scheme, much of which was being used to fund terrorist attacks on Israel. But as federal investigators worked on the project – codenamed “Project Cassandra” – they quickly realized that the White House had other plans.
“Obama must return his Nobel Peace Prize,” Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid said after the Politico report hit the Web. “Israel warned repeatedly that there can be no connection between the nuclear deal and anti-terror activity, certainly against Hezbollah. We also warned of this specifically, because of the proven link between Hezbollah and Iran.”
According to the Politico report, Obama’s Departments of Justice and State clamped down on the DEA investigation just as it was beginning to bear fruit. “The Justice Department declined requests by Project Cassandra and other authorities to file criminal charges against major players such as Hezbollah’ high-profile envoy to Iran, a Lebanese bank that allegedly laundered billions in drug profits, and a central player in a U.S.-based cell of the Iranian paramilitary Quds force,” wrote the site. “And the State Department rejected requests to lure high-value targets to countries where they could be arrested.”
In the story, some Obama officials defended the president, saying that the DEA case might have affected higher-level counterterrorism investigations in a negative way. However, others have come forward to dismiss this notion and confirm that there was only one real reason to prevent the DEA from doing its job: Obama wanted to save the nuclear deal.
In fact, former Treasury Department official Katherine Bauer said as much in congressional testimony: “Under the Obama administration,” she said, “these investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”
Lovely. As long as you play ball with me, Obama told the Iranians, and give me the legacy I so richly deserve, I’ll let your little terrorist organization grow and grow. Now how ‘bout that deal?
Obama got his deal – an agreement that looked painfully lopsided and corrupt from the beginning. And now, with every passing month, we seem to realize that it was even worse than it appeared. On the campaign trail (and since), President Trump called it one of the worst deals he’d ever seen. That’s now looking like a grave understatement.