Fight Narcoterrorism: Kick Out Obama’s Holdovers

Secretive Iran Deal Took Priority over Law Enforcement

Obama holdovers are undermining President Trump’s efforts for the rule of law in the Americas. (White House)

Former President Barack Obama’s obsession with reaching a nuclear-weapons deal with Iran included delivering US$1.7 billion in cash. Now we know the deal harmed US and Israeli national security and facilitated illegal drugs from Latin America entering the United States.

Politico reported: “To secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign (Project Cassandra) targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah.… Project Cassandra’s agents were most alarmed, by far, by the havoc Hezbollah and Iran were wreaking in Latin America.”

As the FARC in Colombia, Hezbollah discovered that instead of collecting from narcotraffickers, they could improve their cash flow and terrorist agenda by replacing them. Representative Robert Pittenger (R-NC) has called for an investigation of Obama’s protection of “Hezbollah terrorists who were funding themselves by trafficking illegal drugs.”

Cassandra task-force agents followed cocaine shipments through Venezuela and Mexico. Considering US domination of the seas and skies, smuggling drugs by land faces a lower risk of interception. Mexico cannot control its criminal cartels, so entering Mexico is tantamount to entering the United States.

Obama policy made Guatemala — with its 595-mile, very porous border with Mexico — the unlocked back door to the United States.

Obama placed successors to the Castro-supported guerrilla from Guatemala’s armed conflict (1960-1996) in their government. They still rule much of rural Guatemala, especially border areas, and persecute legitimate authority. This and state absence promote the flow of illegal migrants and drugs to the United States.

Consistent with deep-state sabotage since Trump’s electoral victory, Obama’s allies have sought to remove Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to consolidate their gains. They fear Trump will change US policy and work with Morales.

Former Vice President Joe Biden browbeat Guatemala to extend the mandate of the UN-created, Soros-supported International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). Former US Ambassador to Guatemala Todd Robinson used threats of CICIG prosecution to impose a guerrilla ally as high-court magistrate. Robinson’s agent has pressured fellow magistrates to issue illegal rulings that persecute political enemies and usurp executive and legislative power.

With Robinson’s support, the CICIG commissioner and attorney general illegally presented changes to Guatemala’s constitution and pressured the president and Congress to pass them. If successful, these would have consolidated power in the hands of the leftist-controlled judiciary at the expense of the other branches of government. As with the appointment of the magistrate, Robinson and allies used the UNE party as their congressional vehicle.

Recently, Trump’s White House national security team overrode Obama holdover Tom Shannon — still under secretary of state for political affairs — and aggressively sanctioned Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro for illegally changing Venezuela’s constitution. Shannon and Robinson’s UNE party allies showed their leftist allegiance by unanimously voting against a resolution in the Guatemalan congress condemning Maduro’s power grab.

Robinson is Trump’s new chargé d’affaires to Venezuela. With no ambassador, he is the top person in the embassy, at ambassador rank, without having undergone Senate confirmation. Having worked closely with Maduro’s allies in Guatemala, Robinson will become his advocate in Washington. 

Fox News reported a striking decision to move Guatemala’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem–announced on Christmas Eve by President Morales–that flies directly in the face of Obama’s pro-Hezbollah, anti-Israel policies. More fundamentally it puts Guatemala squarely in the Trump camp, a fact that the State Department should hurry to exploit.

Politico reports that, during the Obama administration, Cassandra task-force agents had “to work around the obstacles presented by the Justice and State Departments and the White House.” Many of the same officials are still there, protecting Obama, his people and themselves.

They need to be rooted out.

Latin America is vital to US national security. The Obama administration — loathe to upset Iran — shielded Hezbollah’s narcoterrorism. By embracing successors of Castro-backed guerrillas in Guatemala, Obama kept illegal drugs and people flowing into the United States.

Trump tweeted about the Politico story. He should tweet to Robinson and Shannon, “You’re fired.”

As Politico reported, the deep state is real, and America is less safe as a result.

Steven Hecht

Editor at Large Steve Hecht is a businessman, writer, and film producer, born and raised in New York. He has lived and worked in Guatemala since 1972. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration in Banking and Finance, both from Columbia University. He has worked on development projects in Guatemala to help the country leave its underdeveloped state and reach its great potential. Realizing the misconceptions prevalent about Guatemala and Latin America in the outside world, he has written for the Washington Times, Daily Caller, Fox News, Epoch Times, BizPac Review, Washington Examiner, Frontpage Mag, New English Review, PanAm Post, and PJ Media. He has appeared as a guest on national American media networks and programs, including the One America News, Newsmax, and The Lars Larson Show. Steve’s reporting has included meeting with coyotes, the human smugglers who have ferried millions of illegal immigrants into the United States via Guatemala’s 595-mile border with Mexico.

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