This week that well-known right wing outfit Politico told us the tale of Project Cassandra an operation concerning Hezbollah drug running

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.

This was nipped in the bud by the Obama Administration, no Hezbollah’s cocaine shipments or the money laundering but the DEA’s attempt to stop it

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

Of course MSM’s disinclination to report on this story despite it coming from one of their normally favorite sources is generating some outrage:

My own outrage is of a different sort.

For years we have been hearing about the plight of Black America in the inner cities (almost exclusively controlled by Democrats for decades). While the left tries to blame the NRA or gun manufacturers the actual problem comes down to the drug trade.

You have dealers targeting youths for addiction, you get crime generated to pay for these drug habits, then gangs recruiting youth for membership in the drug trade as a quick way out, finally you get ongoing wars over the control of that trade costing the lives of not only young black men involved in the trade but innocents who get caught in the crossfire terrorizing entire neighborhoods.

Put simply if you enable the Drug Trade you enable Terrorism against the inner City Black Community.

And this is what outrages me.

The Black Community stood behind Barack Obama and his administration tooth and nail. They ignored the bad economy, the failed policies, the rise of ISIS terror and furthermore in 2012 they turned out and saved him from defeat against a much more competent adversary.

Barack Obama didn’t just betray America by enabling international terrorists in order to allow himself to fund one of the World’s primary backers of said terror, but he did so knowing that the Hezbollah drug trade terrorized black neighborhoods, black families and particularly young black men, betraying those who had been his most loyal supporters.

Those black lives destroyed by the drug trade didn’t matter to Barack Obama or his administration as much as funding Iran did. That’s an uncomfortable truth that many who voted Obama will silently endure rather than admit how badly they have been played.

That’s the real outrage of the Hezbollah Iran Obama Drug story.

Update: Compare and Contrast

The Trump administration is pushing back aggressively against what the intelligence community often refers to as the “Iran Threat Network” or ITN, and as part of that campaign it is especially keen to focus on the activities of Hezbollah, the pro-Iranian Lebanese militia, in Latin America.

To my shock this story is again from Politico.

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…for the left and illegals to figure this one out:

A loophole is allowing hundreds of immigrants across the Mexico border in to the United States.

Immigrants are being taught to use “key words and phrases” to be allowed to enter and stay in the country.

Just this past Monday, Border Patrol agents say about 200 people came through the Otay Crossing claiming a quote: “credible fear” of the drug cartels.

I suspect that a lot of the people actually living in fear likely don’t know the rules enough to do so.

Brian Preston asks the question:

Who is teaching these immigrants to use “credible fear” to enter the United States and overwhelm the crossings? The question sounds conspiratorial, but after Reid revealed that the darkest fears of Obamacare’s opponents were entirely true…?

Two things concerning this.

1. There is a real slaughter going on in several of the cities in Mexico and an asylum claim by people caught in that crossfire is not only perfectly legitimate but exactly the type of thing our asylum laws were designed to do: Allow people facing oppressive slaughter to escape to freedom. This is both legal & moral.

2. There is very little to stop a dishonest, or dishonorable person from falsely making such a claim to take advantage of this law and little incentive for this administration to make any effort to find those who are gaming the system

For the past several years I’ve made the point many times privately, and on very rare occasions, publicly at tea party events that I was surprised that people illegals were not making such claims for a long time. I purposely didn’t write about if on the off-chance it would give this idea to the left. Now that’s it’s out there it can’t make things any worse.

Exit Question: Does this Make fast & Furious a “two-fer” for this administration?

They are able to use the slaughter created by these gun to not only enact tougher gun laws in the US while allowing as many people possible to cross legally bypassing the normal channels in the hopes of eventually creating new democrat voters to solve their demographic crisis.

is this game changer:

“We came here because we are scared,” the Mier native said in Spanish. “There’s nobody there now. It’s a ghost town.”

Gonzalez, 38, talks of the drug cartels that have taken Ciudad Mier hostage since February.

That was when the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas formally split and began an all-out fight for control of territory along the Tamaulipas-Texas border.

A wave of refugees has flooded Mier’s eastern neighbor Miguel Alemán in recent weeks — the last holdouts of terrorized citizenry from Mier who, under order from the Zetas, finally packed up and left after the Nov. 5 slaying of Ezequiel “Tony Tormenta” Cárdenas Guillen, the head of the Gulf Cartel.

Many of Gonzalez’s relatives and friends remained at the impromptu refugee camp in Miguel Alemán, he said. Earlier this year, though, his sister-in-law moved to the apartment in Roma’s Los Saenz neighborhood. Now, he was helping her to clean out the two-bedroom unit.

Officials in Roma said the exodus to their city from Mier has carried on since fighting across the border picked up in the spring. Most residents from Mier and other towns along the Frontera Chica — the “little border,” as the region is known — with money or immigration papers had already fled to the U.S. before June.

“The people who went to Miguel Alemán were the ones who had nowhere else to go,” said Roma City Manager Cris Salinas.

I am totally shocked this story hasn’t gotten more attention at least I haven’t seen much. The implications are huge.

First by setting up “refugee camps” what has been known casually is being acknowledged parts of Mexico have become war zones and you have to be pretty foolish, pretty brave, heavy guarded or ethically compelled to go there.

Second of all this changes the illegal immigration equation dramatically. It’s once thing to make people who have come here go home for breaking the law, it’s quite another to force refugees fleeing a war zone to re-enter the kill zone.

This raises an interesting conundrum. Open border activists and the Mexican government have been of one mind on illegal Mexican immigration to the US (and one mind on illegal immigration into Mexico, Mexico cracks down the activists don’t care). One would think that said activists would jump at the chance to play the refugee card. Considering the stories from the border it is an excellent argument.

The only problem is said card implicitly suggests Mexico is a failed state and Mexico certainly doesn’t want to be perceived that way internationally, also it would be an excellent justification for troops on the border and neither Mexico nor the activists want that.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of this.

For myself I want to have our immigration laws respected thus illegals must be deported. We also have laws concerning refugees on the books and treaties signed. These people are refugees and I’m not inclined to force these guys back while the shooting is going on, that’s murder.

than what the hell is he good for?

The bloodbath continues along our southern border and now word is coming in that Los Zetas, the highly trained killers formerly with the Gulf Cartel, have crossed into the United States and taken over at least two ranches in the Laredo, Texas area. I am receiving word that the owners of the ranches have evacuated without being harmed.

Founder of the San Diego Minutemen Jeff Schwilk tipped me off to this story and passes along the following information on the location. The ranches are said to be “near Mines Rd. and Minerales Annex Rd about 10 miles NW of I-35”.

This is job of the president and the federal government. If they can’t figure that out then they have no business in the job, period!

memeorandum thread here.

Now if it is not true, then…nevermind. I’ll post updates when I know more.

Update: Confederate Yankee has done some leg work and it looks like it is not true, or at least not what it sounds like, so for now I will use the strike tag, If I get evidence in the other direction I will un-strike.

Update 2: This is going to the top of Memeorandum, in record time, bad sign as it appears false but on that topic Moonbattery makes a good point:

Is this really happening? Probably not (despite the upsurge in violence just over the border), but what’s even scarier than the heavily armed Los Zetas is that stories like this have become difficult to confirm or refute.

Without confirmation from some authority I’ve gotta assume false unless overwhelming evidence shows otherwise, and a lot of memeorandum hits doesn’t qualify as overwhelming evidence.

Update 3: The confederate yankee gets his own thread on memeorandum

Update 4: Looks Like I’m going to have to unstrike from this report.

I have argued for years that the US needs to control its borders better. We have laws concerning entry, if we don’t enforce said laws then we lose our identity and our sovereignty as a nation.

I have also said that If I was a Mexican national I would of course do my best to enter the US for the sake of my children and grandchildren’s future. What person wouldn’t?

It’s kind of a mafia style thing, the Mobster understands that the risk of capture and arrest are part of the cost of doing business. The illegal immigrant understands that the price of coming illegally is the risk of capture and deportation. I don’t begrudge the person trying to get into the US illegally to improve their lot doing whatever they can to get in but I also expect them not to begrudge me for insisting that the law be enforced and doing my best to keep them out and if caught having them arrested and deported.

With the violence in Mexico the dynamic is changing. Mexico is becoming a war zone where the legitimate government is unable to protect its citizens from murder. Dennis Blair’s opinion not withstanding Mexico is rapidly becoming untenable. Chicago Boys contributor Zenpundit saw this story about Mexican’s seeking asylum and is worried:

An ineffective or inappropriate state response will make this tactic go viral:

This is true but unfortunately due to the corruption and inaction of the Mexican government it is now irrelevant.

When you have a group of people who are given a choice between violating US law and being murdered that is no choice at all. These people are now legitimately fleeing murder and oppression. If they were Cubans there would be no question that they are proper asylum seekers, if they were Hungarians fleeing in 1958 there would be no question.

Even if it means camps set up to process tens of thousands to sort out economic refugees from people in fear of their lives it is not possible for us to in good conscious to send these people to their deaths. It just plain isn’t. I haven’t spent the last 3 months fighting Planned Parenthood to save the unborn to send the born back to the killing fields. To our disgrace we rejected Jews during the Nazi era, we ignored the slaughter in Rwanda, we are not allowed to ignore this.

That doesn’t mean it is all we do, we also have an obligation to aid the Mexican government to fight these murderous bastards. If we think that they are not going to migrate over the border once they have power we are deluding ourselves. And lets not think for one moment that these guys are not going to be aiding and abetting our Islamic foes.

Is it fair? Nope, not fair at all. Is it our fault, nope its the Mexican government’s fault for not bothering to govern. Is it going to be a pain in the read, particularly at a time of economic turmoil? That is an understatement and then some.

Does it matter? Nope. We have to do what must be done, it is our duty as human beings and as a nation.

We are Americans, that’s what we do.