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Hezbollah Scandal Perfect Timing for Trump Administration

Jonathan Schanzer
26th December 2017 - Quoted by Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

An explosive and controversial report alleging the Obama administration soft-pedalled investigations into Hezbollah’s drugs and weapons trade due to the desire to get the Iran deal done is making waves in Washington. It could have major ramifications for the region as well, particularly because the Trump administration has Hezbollah in its crosshairs.

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo has also been key to the Trump administration’s view of Iran. In October, he was interviewed at an event held by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and described Hezbollah as “at the center of so much turmoil in the Middle East.”

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Jonathan Schanzer, a senior vice-president at FDD says that the recent revelations will add urgency to the fight against Iran's proxies in Syria and Iraq. "That being said this is more of a western hemisphere issue, so bureaucratically the focus will shift south of the border," because of the connections to drug trafficking. It will also shine a greater light on the previous administration's deficiencies in tackling the Iranian threat network he argues. 

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