We reported yesterday that former President Obama had held up efforts by a Hezbollah task force to take them down in the interests of saving his Iranian “nuclear deal.” The facts of the case have caught the attention of lawmakers. In particular Rep. Robert Pittenger of North Carolina who has sent a letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy.
Pittinger wants a full investigation of these claims. He said in an interview with Fox News:
“These revelations are shocking and infuriating. While American soldiers were bravely fighting ISIS terrorists, with some paying the ultimate price, the Obama administration reportedly was protecting Hezbollah terrorists who were funding themselves by trafficking illegal drugs. No wonder President Obama couldn’t bring himself to call them ‘Radical Islamist Terrorists.’”
But for once, I’m not going to blame Barack Obama entirely on this. The former president wanted to put a deal in place with Iran that would ultimately make the world a safer place ( and of course be a major legacy boost). In the long run, it would be impossible to take down all of Hezbollah without Iran’s cooperation, so if the targeting of the terrorist group would scupper the Iran plans, it could be argued that it was done for the greater good.
That the deal is insufficient and unenforceable is more likely a result of the hundreds of career civil servants working on it rather than Obama’s wishes being carried out.
I’m no fan of Obama, but in this case, it stinks of Deep State involvement and career bureaucrats.