THE PARAGRAPHS OF THE DAY

Today’s paragraphs come to us from Martin Sherman, writing for algemeiner.com.

In this beginning of his lengthy, but extremely vital, commentary, Mr. Sherman builds on Josh Meyer’s devastating piece in politico.com, earlier this week, which showed chapter and verse of…

-how President Barack Obama allowed the terrorist, murderous hezbollah to traffick cocaine into the United States, as a means of securing his, and John Kerry’s impossibly naive “peace deal” with Iran, and…

-how mainstream media, still desperately trying to find evidence showing collusion between Trump and Russia, is ignoring the vast, indisputable evidence tying Barack Obama to this insane horror show:

“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…Meanwhile, Hezbollah — in league with Iran — continues to undermine U.S. interests in Iraq, Syria and throughout wide swaths of Latin America and Africa, including providing weapons and training to anti-American Shiite militias”

    — Josh Meyer, “The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook,” Politico, Dec. 18, 2017.

“It is becoming clear that the liberal President Obama…in complete contradiction of his saintly statements, effectively gave a green light to an entire web of ongoing crimes, based on his perception — ridiculous in itself — that it was in America’s national interest to do so.”

     — Prof. Abraham Ben-Zvi, “No moral backbone,” Israel Hayom, Dec. 19, 2017.

“The really chilling aspect of the Obama incumbency is that it is genuinely difficult to diagnose whether the abysmal results we see represent a crushing failure of his policies or a calculated success; whether they are the product of chronic ineptitude or purposeful foresight; whether they reflect myopic misunderstanding, moronic incompetence or malicious intent.”

     – Into the Fray: Will the West Withstand The Obama Presidency?, Nov. 28, 2013.

Earlier this week, a scorching piece of investigative journalism in the widely-read political publication, Politico, catapulted the ill-conceived 2015 Iran nuclear deal, mendaciously railroaded through by the Obama administration, back into the center of media attention.

Well, sort of.

No record in “the paper of record”?

For although numerous media channels did swoop down on the report that, in order to secure some agreement with Tehran over its nuclear program, the Obama White House deliberately strove to obstruct an extensive Drug Enforcement Administration operation, codenamed “Project Cassandra,” targeting the Iran-backed terror group, Hezbollah — it appears to have been studiously ignored by several major Obamaphilic outlets.

Indeed, Google as I might, I could find nary a reference — even the most oblique or remote — in The New York Times to the almost 15,000-word investigation. Or in the Los Angeles Times. Or The Washington Post. Or on CNN. Or MSNBC

The Wall Street Journal, on the other hand, did address the matter. In an editorial headlined “Obama’s Pass for Hezbollah,” it called for a congressional investigation into the allegations that the Obama administration “had shut down, derailed or delayed numerous…Hezbollah-related cases with little or no explanation” — despite evidence that “Hezbollah had transformed itself…into an international crime syndicate that…was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities.”

In fairness, it should be noted that the liberal-leaning National Public Radio did air an interview with the exposé’s author, Josh Meyer. However, in a breathtaking example of politically partisan obfuscation, the host of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Rachel Martin attempted to defend the indefensible.

Media mumbo-jumbo

Summing up Meyer’s deeply disturbing investigation, she concluded: “…this was obviously a historic deal, the Iran nuclear deal.. It has become a central part of Barack Obama’s presidential legacy. [T]he premise was all about making the world safer.” Then transparently trying to minimize the gravity of Meyer’s revelations, Martin suggested: “The takeaway from your piece and your reporting seems to be that there were just more tradeoffs involved in this deal than the public knew about.” 

Just more tradeoffs involved than the public knew about? Really?

Turning a blind-eye to “tons of cocaine” smuggled into the US by a Mexican cartel; rivers of dirty cash, traced to “the innermost circle of Hezbollah and its state sponsors in Iran”; procurement of deadly weapons used to “kill hundreds of U.S. soldiers” Just another trade-off? Imagine if the American people had known.

In his closing comment, Meyer managed to dispense with Martin’s mumbo-jumbo of “making the world safer”: “It is somewhat ironic…that in their efforts to make the world a safer place they did allow a group that was a regionally focused militia-slash-political organization with a terrorist wing to become a much more wealthy global criminal organization that has a lot of money that can now be used to bankroll terrorist and military actions around the world.”

If mainstream media are consciously trying to prove that they can no longer be trusted to provide complete, unbiased news reporting, they would be hard-pressed to do a better job of it than this.

Try to imagine what these same media would be filling their pages/broadcast time with if President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave a terrorist group free sailing on bringing drugs into the USA, so they could complete a deal with a country no one in his/her right mind believes will abide by its terms.

The howls about their inexperience, their ineptitude, their stupidity, their stupidity, would be heard from here to Tehran and back…along with dire estimates of how many dead Americans this would result in and why Donald Trump should never have been put near the Oval Office – probably accompanied by calls for his removal from office.

But this was President Obama and Secretary Kerry.  So….”nothing to see here, sheeple, move along, move along”.

I award Martin Sherman Paragaphs Of The Day honors for showing media’s sickening double standard in all its unseemly ingloriousness.  How I wish it were otherwise.

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