National Security Advisor John Bolton was in Brazil today meeting with President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.
The one-hour meeting was held at Bolsonaro's home behind closed doors, and "there will be no room for journalists," the U.S. embassy in Brazil reportedly stated.
The main issue on the table according to Brazilian news outlets was Venezuela and strategies to "combat human rights violations committed by the socialist regime of Maduro." Also thought to be on the agenda was the terrorist drug trafficking and money laundering activities plaguing "the triple border" region of Brazil, located along the junction of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil.
As I noted in my post yesterday about Bolsonaro's son's visit to Washington, D.C., this week, thanks to a Politico investigation last year, we now know that the Obama administration allowed Hezbollah to build a criminal empire in South America in exchange for the Iran nuclear deal:
The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities. ... But as Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way ...
One Obama-era Treasury official, Katherine Bauer, in little-noticed written testimony presented last February to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, acknowledged that “under the Obama administration … these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”
This was another huge Obama scandal that the MSM neglected to cover adequately. If a Project Cassandra 2.0 is in the works, I suspect that sometime down the road we'll start hearing heart-wrenching tales of woe detailing anti-Muslim oppression in the triple-border area coming from the pro-Iran [Ben Rhodes] echo-chamber. And the media will be all over it.