This morning in blogging: Bigger than Iran-Contra

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This morning in blogging: Bigger than Iran-Contra

Happy Christ­mas weekend!

I want to write about the Obama admin­is­tra­tion alleged cover up for Hezbol­lah in Latin Amer­ica story, since I’ve been blog­ging about Hezbol­lah‘s (Hizbal­lah Hizbol­lah) inroads in our hemi­sphere for the last decade. It’s 8:30 in the morn­ing and this post is due at noon, so I’m doing a bit of research while hav­ing break­fast, and will remain in paja­mas until I’m fin­ished with this post.

A story from the NY Post related to the Obama-​Iran deal popped up in my Face­book feed, so I go to the NYPost, and find the op-​ed by David Harsanyi, A deaf­en­ing media silence on the Obama-​Hezbollah scan­dal,

Even when out­lets did decide to cover the story, they typ­i­cally framed it as a he-​said/​she-​said. “Politico Reporter Says Obama Admin­is­tra­tion ‘Derailed’ Hezbol­lah Inves­ti­ga­tion,” reads the NPR head­line. Did Josh Meyer of Politico say some­thing about Obama or did he pub­lish a 14,000-word, dili­gently sourced, document-​heavy inves­tiga­tive piece? If you get your news from NPR, you’d never know.

The inves­tiga­tive story Politico pub­lished has two on-​the-​record sources, and myr­iad well-​sourced details.

I have been blog­ging on Hezbol­lah and Iran in Latin Amer­ica for well over ten years. Before I did yesterday’s post at my blog, I printed out and care­fully stud­ied Mayer’s long article.

I could not find one thing that con­tra­dicted what infor­ma­tion I have read on Hezbol­lah and Iran­ian pres­ence in Latin Amer­ica dur­ing the past decade. As far as I could see, his infor­ma­tion on the drug trade is rock-​solid.

More impor­tantly, the rev­e­la­tion that the Obama admin­is­tra­tion not only threw obstruc­tions in front of inves­ti­ga­tors but failed to pros­e­cute major play­ers in the enter­prise is a Very Big Deal, a big­ger deal than Iran-​Contra, where

The Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion was forced to admit that it had covertly con­tin­ued to fund the [Nicaraguan] Con­tras by means of arms sales to Iran which were them­selves ille­gal and in breach of a trade embargo against that country.

Indeed, with bil­lions of drug trade money fund­ing ter­ror­ists, and tens of thou­sands of lives ruined, The secret back­story of how Obama let Hezbol­lah off the hook makes Iran-​Contra look like pikers.

But, as Harsanyi puts it,

The pre­pon­der­ance of edi­tors, jour­nal­ists, pun­dits and book­ers, on the other hand, still cod­dle Democ­rats. They may do it on pur­pose or uncon­sciously, but it’s destroy­ing their cred­i­bil­ity. Because as David Burge once noted, “Jour­nal­ism is about cov­er­ing impor­tant sto­ries. With a pil­low, until they stop moving.”

On the other hand,
I am elated that Meyer’s thor­oughly researched piece came out. He deserves acco­lades for this.

Lit­tle blog­gers like myself come across infor­ma­tion — such as Hezbollah’s inroads in our hemi­sphere — that makes us won­der why none of the big fish ever write about. It really is a big deal when one does.

Will the story, hav­ing come out dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, con­tinue to be ignored?
That remains to be seen. It may be up to alter­na­tive media to keep it in the lime­light, but, no mat­ter what, The secret back­story of how Obama let Hezbol­lah off the hook war­rants a most rig­or­ous con­gres­sional investigation.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

Happy Christmas weekend!

I want to write about the Obama administration alleged cover up for Hezbollah in Latin America story, since I’ve been blogging about Hezbollah‘s (Hizballah Hizbollah) inroads in our hemisphere for the last decade. It’s 8:30 in the morning and this post is due at noon, so I’m doing a bit of research while having breakfast, and will remain in pajamas until I’m finished with this post.

A story from the NY Post related to the Obama-Iran deal popped up in my Facebook feed, so I go to the NYPost, and find the op-ed by David Harsanyi, A deafening media silence on the Obama-Hezbollah scandal,

Even when outlets did decide to cover the story, they typically framed it as a he-said/she-said. “Politico Reporter Says Obama Administration ‘Derailed’ Hezbollah Investigation,” reads the NPR headline. Did Josh Meyer of Politico say something about Obama or did he publish a 14,000-word, diligently sourced, document-heavy investigative piece? If you get your news from NPR, you’d never know.

The investigative story Politico published has two on-the-record sources, and myriad well-sourced details.

I have been blogging on Hezbollah and Iran in Latin America for well over ten years. Before I did yesterday’s post at my blog, I printed out and carefully studied Mayer’s long article.

I could not find one thing that contradicted what information I have read on Hezbollah and Iranian presence in Latin America during the past decade. As far as I could see, his information on the drug trade is rock-solid.

More importantly, the revelation that the Obama administration not only threw obstructions in front of investigators but failed to prosecute major players in the enterprise is a Very Big Deal, a bigger deal than Iran-Contra, where

The Reagan administration was forced to admit that it had covertly continued to fund the [Nicaraguan] Contras by means of arms sales to Iran which were themselves illegal and in breach of a trade embargo against that country.

Indeed, with billions of drug trade money funding terrorists, and tens of thousands of lives ruined, The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook makes Iran-Contra look like pikers.

But, as Harsanyi puts it,

The preponderance of editors, journalists, pundits and bookers, on the other hand, still coddle Democrats. They may do it on purpose or unconsciously, but it’s destroying their credibility. Because as David Burge once noted, “Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.”

On the other hand,
I am elated that Meyer’s thoroughly researched piece came out. He deserves accolades for this.

Little bloggers like myself come across information – such as Hezbollah’s inroads in our hemisphere – that makes us wonder why none of the big fish ever write about. It really is a big deal when one does.

Will the story, having come out during the holiday season, continue to be ignored?
That remains to be seen. It may be up to alternative media to keep it in the limelight, but, no matter what, The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook warrants a most rigorous congressional investigation.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog