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Panetta Joins Criticism of Obama’s Failure to Back Iran’s Green Revolution

President Obama’s former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Tuesday joined critics of Obama’s failure to support the massive 2009 Green Revolution in Iran.

Panetta told CNN:

I do think that that was an appropriate time for the United States to have sent a clearer message that we stand by those who try to represent the rights of people. That’s what the United States is all about. And it would have been important to have sent that message at the time.

At the time, of course, Obama so coveted an eventual nuclear deal with Iran and “normalization” of relations that he put his won priorities over those of the Iranian people. The movement was crushed, and Iran got its nuclear weapons program accepted by Obama – as long as they toned down their program for about a dozen years – and the freeing up of billions in sanctions, which have helped further prop up the regime.

Later this month, President Trump faces a decision on whether to scrap the deal by deciding whether to continue waiving sanctions against Iran. It is inconceivable to me that Trump will keep the money flowing to the mullahs while Iranians are being killed in the streets fighting for their freedom.

Good for Jake Tapper, who often shows less bias than others in the MSM, for asking the question.

Obama Allowed Cocaine to Flow into the U.S. to Get His Iran Deal

The Obama administration blew up an investigation into drug trafficking by Hezbollah into the United States for fear of displeasing Iran, with which President Obama was seeking to strike a nuclear deal, according to a bombshell new report by Politico.

Obama went to great lengths to appease Iran, including letting the 2009 Green Revolution against the Mullahs fail, all in order to secure an agreement that merely delays Iran from completing its nuclear weapons program by a few years.

This is a great story, but I’ve got only one lonely hand clapping. It is the type of investigative reporting of the Obama administration that journalists failed to do when it counted. That is, when Obama was in power.

Now they’ve dug up some legitimate bellyaching by people who were pursuing the investigation and had it quashed by Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and former Secretary of State John Kerry. Obama and his top aides are gone, their deal was made, and this report says a lot, but it’s too little too late.

If reporters had been digging, if they had sources, if they cared enough, they would have found out about this while it was happening.

From the story:

In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.

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.

Over the next eight years, agents working out of a top-secret DEA facility in Chantilly, Virginia, used wiretaps, undercover operations and informants to map Hezbollah’s illicit networks, with the help of 30 U.S. and foreign security agencies.

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. And with the help of some key cooperating witnesses, the agents traced the conspiracy, they believed, to the innermost circle of Hezbollah and its state sponsors in Iran.

They followed cocaine shipments, tracked a river of dirty cash, and traced what they believed to be the innermost circle of Hezbollah and its state sponsors in Iran.

But as Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way, according to interviews with dozens of participants who in many cases spoke for the first time about events shrouded in secrecy, and a review of government documents and court records. 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.

The Justice Department declined requests by Project Cassandra and other authorities to file criminal charges against major players such as Hezbollah’s high-profile envoy to Iran, a Lebanese bank that allegedly laundered billions in alleged drug profits, and a central player in a U.S.-based cell of the Iranian paramilitary Quds force. And the State Department rejected requests to lure high-value targets to countries where they could be arrested.

The money, allegedly laundered through the Lebanese Canadian Bank and two exchange houses, involved approximately 30 U.S. car buyers.

“This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision,” said David Asher

Veteran U.S. illicit finance expert sent from Pentagon to Project Cassandra to attack the alleged Hezbollah criminal enterprise., who helped establish and oversee Project Cassandra as a Defense Department illicit finance analyst. “They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.”

Obama Hid Iran’s Ties to al Qaeda

A new batch of documents found in Osama Bin Laden’s lair when he was terminated have finally been released, and they demonstrate far closer ties between Iran and al Qaeda than Barack Obama let on.

From an analysis by Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute:

The real scandal now seems to be how Obama and his CIA heads Leon Panetta, David Petraeus, John Brennan, and acting head Mike Morell released only what upheld and affirmed Obama’s tenuous theories about Iran. Had the U.S. public known about the Iranian leadership’s outreach and association with al Qaeda, even Democratic congressmen might have been far less willing to tolerate the trust which Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry placed in their Iranian counterparts. After all, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, the coordinating body for Iran’s security and defense policy, at a time when Iran was developing its al Qaeda outreach.

The whole Iran deal is a con job. It was promoted as something that prevents Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, which it simply doesn’t. And it was signed without the Constitutionally required submission of a treaty to the Senate for ratification by a two-thirds vote.

And people accuse President Trump of dishonesty. As with the “Affordable” Care Act, Obama in the case of Iran sold us a bill of goods. And as with the ACA, America will suffer the consequences.

Rubio Wants Trump to Cancel Boeing Sales to Iran

Only in Obamaworld would we sell aircraft to a regime that might use them against us and that is killing our service members. As I understood it, Obamaworld is supposed to be over. President Trump should cancel airplane sales to Iranian airlines that facilitate terrorism, a pair of Republican lawmakers urged Monday, the Washington Examiner… Continue Reading

Trump Doesn’t Rule Out War with Iran

Obama’s Iran deal is a mirage. We have two choices: Iran with nuclear weapons, or take out their nuclear facilities. From the Washington Examiner: President Trump suggested on Thursday that his administration would consider military action against Iran in response to its decision over the weekend to test a ballistic missile. “Nothing is off the… Continue Reading

Earnest: Iran Payment Shows Obama’s “Tough Diplomatic Strategy”

Wow. If paying ransom for hostages is Obama’s “tough diplomatic strategy,” I’d dread seeing what his weak one is. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today said that in fact there were not two “tracks” to the Iran negotiations, as we had thought all along, but three. One to give the Iranians nuclear weapons, a… Continue Reading

White House Says Ransom Story is Right Wing Politics

This is one of the most sustained efforts at disingenuousness I’ve ever seen from a press secretary – and that’s saying something. Here is White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest saying that political morivations underly the charge that $400 million secretly landing in Iran the day hostages are released is ransom. And the White House is… Continue Reading