(National Sentinel) Treachery: Details continue to come out regarding President Obama’s “nuclear deal” with Iran that are disturbing and, frankly, border on treasonous. Now we’re learning more about Obama-era treachery in Afghanistan.
In the Iran deal, Obama authorized $1.7 billion in untraceable cash payments to the Iranian regime, along with other outlandish sweeteners in an effort to claim a ‘legacy.’ At the time he made those payments and lifted sanctions, the regime was supporting anti-U.S. forces in Iraq and elsewhere with weapons and monetary aid.
Obama also killed off an operation aimed at cutting off a major drug-trafficking operation by Hezbollah — an Iranian proxy — that nets the terrorist group $1 billion a year in revenue. As Fox News reported:
The Obama administration gave a free pass to Hezbollah’s drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations — some of which were unfolding inside the U.S. — to help ensure the Iran nuclear deal would stay on track, according to a bombshell exposé in Politico Sunday.
An elaborate campaign led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, known as Project Cassandra, reportedly targeted the Lebanese militant group’s criminal activities. But by tossing a string of roadblocks holding back the project, Obama administration officials helped allow the 35-year-old anti-Israel criminal enterprise to evolve into a major global security threat bankrolling terrorist and military operations, the report added.
“This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision,” David Asher, who helped establish Project Cassandra as a Defense Department illicit finance analyst in 2008, 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 other words, Obama himself killed it.
Not only did he kill that operation, he also deep-sixed another anti-narcotics initiative in Afghanistan, ostensibly because it would interfere with “peace talks” underway with the Taliban.
The Daily Caller reported Monday:
The Obama administration reportedly had the chance to cripple the global heroin trade funding terrorism in war-torn Afghanistan, but it shelved the plan to advance a broader political agenda.
The administration, citing political concerns, shut down a plan to stop the spread of narcotics around the world, prevent Afghanistan’s emergence as a narco-state, and sever the critical revenue streams financing the deadly insurgency American troops are fighting and dying to end, Politico’s John Meyer reported Sunday.
The plan — Operation Reciprocity — was drafted by Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Justice legal advisers, but the high-stakes strategy was strangled in its crib by the Obama administration’s deputy chief of mission in Kabul, Tina Kaidanow, to protect the administration’s strategic ambitions.
Kaidanow told Politico that there were serious concerns the plan would impact the White House’s Afghanistan strategy, including but not limited to the proposed drawdown of America’s military presence in the region.
At the time Operation Reciprocity was just starting to gain momentum in the summer of 2013, the conflict in Afghanistan had already cost American taxpayers $686 billion, not to mention the more than 2,000 American lives sacrificed to the war. It appears the administration caved to the political pressure.
The plan’s architects argued that Operation Reciprocity was in line with the administration’s initiatives and crucial to securing a better future for Afghanistan.
“This was the most effective and sustainable tool we had for disrupting and dismantling Afghan drug trafficking organizations and separating them from the Taliban,” Michael Marsac, the DEA regional director for Southwest Asia who helped draft the plan with DOJ law enforcement adviser John Seaman, told reporters, adding that the plan to indict 26 Taliban commanders and allied drug lords and try them in U.S. courts — a strategy based on that used against guerrillas in Colombia — “lies dormant, buried in an obscure file room, all but forgotten.”
So in other words, rather than destroy Taliban leadership and cripple the organization’s primary funding source, Obama opted for ‘negotiations’ instead.
Can you be any more naive than that? Or geopolitically tone-deaf?
It’s no wonder the world lost faith in U.S. leadership during the Obama years. There wasn’t any.
And isn’t it odd that Obama would rather see the U.S. and other parts of the world flooded with drugs than to have taken any concrete steps to not only cut off the flow but cripple U.S. enemies in the process?
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