Recall the Politico report on how then-President Barack Obama (D) and his Department of Justice killed an investigation into Hezbollah’s drug dealing because Obama was so desperate for a nuclear weapons deal—any nuclear weapons deal—for his legacy.
Now we’re seeing that Derek Maltz, ex-Special Agent-in-Charge of the DEA’s Special Operations Division, had briefed Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, on Hezbollah’s performance and on the depth of their drug empire’s penetration in the US. Maltz said that Holder was “very alarmed” by the briefing, and Maltz also said that Holder “promised to set up meetings with national security officials and was almost always ‘supportive’ of his investigations”—and nothing happened. There was no followup.
Maybe Maltz misinterpreted Holder’s alarm, degree of support, and the nature of his promises to follow up.
The investigation into Hezbollah was spiked some time after that briefing. Maybe Holder’s alarm was over how much was being found out about Hezbollah’s drug dealing and the extent of its drug empire in the US. Maybe Holder’s support for the investigations was so he could keep abreast of how much was being learned about Hezbollah’s drug operations. Maybe there was followup on Maltz’ briefing: that killing of the investigation.
Legacy matters, after all. And maybe the true nature of a particular legacy is coming to light.