A new report that was recently published states that former President Barack Obama had an opportunity to deliver a crippling blow to the global heroin trade, which not only provided drugs for the current opioid epidemic spreading across America, but also funded terrorism in Afghanistan, but instead, chose to play politics.
According to the report, there was a plan in motion to stop the spread of these narcotics around the world, but it was shut down over political concerns.
Here are the details.
The administration, citing political concerns, shut down a plan to stop the spread of narcotics around the world, prevent Afghanistan’s emergence as a narco-state, and sever the critical revenue streams financing the deadly insurgency American troops are fighting and dying to end, Politico’s John Meyer reported Sunday.
The plan — Operation Reciprocity — was drafted by Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Justice legal advisers, but the high-stakes strategy was strangled in its crib by the Obama administration’s deputy chief of mission in Kabul, Tina Kaidanow, to protect the administration’s strategic ambitions.
Kaidanow told Politico that there were serious concerns the plan would impact the White House’s Afghanistan strategy, including but not limited to the proposed drawdown of America’s military presence in the region. At the time Operation Reciprocity was just starting to gain momentum in the summer of 2013, the conflict in Afghanistan had already cost American taxpayers $686 billion, not to mention the more than 2,000 American lives sacrificed to the war. It appears the administration caved to the political pressure.
Operation Reciprocity’s designers argue that the plan was abandoned not only because the Obama administration feared it would impact plans for a withdrawal from Afghanistan, but also because it threatened engagement and peace talks with the Taliban, as well as negotiations for a prisoner swap that would ultimately see the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five senior terrorist leaders held in Guatanamo Bay.
There were also bureaucratic reasons for the shutdown, specifically chain-of-command and procedural errors.
Obama’s administration has many, many blights on its record, despite attempts from the left to sanitize his presidency as being “scandal” free. Of course, there were no sexual scandals from the administration — that we know of — thus, since the man wasn’t a raging rapist like Bill Clinton, liberals take that as a victory, proving just how low they set the bar for standards for morally acceptable candidates and elected officials.
It’s tragic that Obama didn’t care more about innocent people who have had their lives destroyed by this substance, opting to forego doing the right thing in exchange for pushing his agenda forward and looking “political.” Shameful.
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