You Call Yourself Project Cassandra, and You Wonder Why No-One Acts on Your Analysis?

|The Volokh Conspiracy |

See the original Politico story and this breaking story about the AG launching a review of the initiative (thanks to Glenn Reynolds (InstaPundit) for the pointer):

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is launching a review of a law enforcement initiative called Project Cassandra after an investigative report was published this week claiming the Obama administration gave a free pass to Hezbollah's drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations to help ensure the Iran nuclear deal would stay on track.

Seriously, I don't know if there's any there there, but I couldn't resist the joke about the project name. (Special news hook: One version of the Cassandra myth would be understood today as being about sexual harassment, but then again many Greek myths would be.)

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  1. “(Special news hook: One version of the Cassandra myth would be understood today as being about sexual harassment, but then again many Greek myths would be.)”

    MOUNT OLYMPUS, GREECE – Every single deity has resigned from his or her position in order to “spend more time with my family” (or “eating my family” in the case of Chronos). The only god surviving the mass resignation is Galifianakis, the god of stand-up comedy.

    Galifianakis says that he will try to make the world crazier than it is already, but he can’t make any promises.

    1. We really need a “like” button.

      1. Agreed/

  2. It is never OK for a God to attempt to seduce a mortal, due to the problematic power dynamic involved.

    1. Hey, who wouldn’t bang a swan?

      Do swans have penises? Most birds don’t, but waterfowl frequently do.

  3. It could be subtler than you think (though it probably isn’t.)

    Nobody believed Cassandra’s prophecy about the Wooden Horse before the Trojans brought it into the city. But the following day, it turned out she was right.

    Maybe Project Cassandra is reference to contemporaneous GOP claims that the Iran deal was a nest of vipers. Claims which were not believed at the time. But now it’s the morning after.

    1. I think you hit it, Cassandra constantly warned of of coming evil but she was mocked for it, only to be proven right by history. The hardcore Republican base probably imagines considerable kinship in her.

      1. And yet it is the modern left that has been crying wolf for every election pre-W. Romney was the most evil person, McCain was the most evil candidate, and then Trump.

    2. Whoops – I was too lazy to follow the link. Cassandra is the original name for the original operation, and so EV’s joke is a good one. My bad.

  4. Calling what Cassandra suffered sexual harassment understates it a bit. I assume you are referring to her initial curse by Apollo for resisting his attempted rape, the curse having been bestowed after he spat in her mouth. Apollo’s curse to only speak truth but never be believed, is much like the retaliation against resisting women by so many of these sexual predators, as is that he assaulted her while she was worshipping him.

    But she is in away the perfect sexual assault victim. She was raped by Ajax before a statue of Athena, and though his native Locris was perpetually cursed for it, Ajax himself was not punished by the Greeks for the sacrilege because it was inconvenient. Which is certainly familiar as well.

    Her final fate enslaved and raped again by Agamemnon before being murdered by his wife, even let her win the superfecta of sexual assault, with bonus sexual trafficking. Assaulted by her boss, not believed when she told the truth, raped, and then murdered by a more priveleged jealous woman because of her very victimization.

  5. Glad it’s being investigated, but certainly hope it’s not true.

    The US has been on the opposite side of Iran in the Yemeni civil war. I’d imagine Yemen is a whole lot more important to the shiites that it is the US.

    Given Obama’s strong track record of using drones and special ops to take out terrorists, it’s hard for me to imagine the story will live up to the aspersions in the report.

  6. Not precisely the “Trojan Doctrine” as this isn’t a trademark, but a possible corollary or distant relative for this field?

  7. The politico story is being met with a surprising amount if skepticism. If it’s true, I wonder if the DoJ and Treasury officials who hindered the investigations will face obstruction of justice charges.

    1. Is it even obstruction of justice? The President has wide authority over foreign policy, and there’s certainly a lot of precedent for using the possibility of criminal prosecution or other sanctions as a negotiating tool.

      It seems to me that trying to bring criminal charges against folks for implementing the President’s foreign policy is a bad idea.

      1. I tend to agree, but folks have been making arguments in the opposite direction lately. It should be interesting.

  8. Making pursuit of an agreement with Iran with respect to nuclear development a bigger priority than pursuit of people transacting in cocaine (which should be, and will be, legal)?

    What if Americans of a century ago had focused more on arranging peace than they had on chasing smugglers of beer and whiskey?

    For goodness sake and the love of sweet eight-pound, six-ounce infant baby Jesus, today’s America might be overrun by beer distributors, limited wineries, craft brewers, and liquor dealers, not to mention Lime-a-Ritas, salted caramel vodkas, and overhopped IPAs!!!

    I sense this one will be every bit the nation-imperiling scandal as were Benghazi, Hillary’s e-mails, Operation Jade Helm, and Obama’s birth certificate.

    Brought to you by the same folks who give a shout-out to the InstaWingnut for a pointer toward a Politico story, and whine about the mainstream media while watching Fox and Friends, of course.

    Carry on, clingers.

    1. “Making pursuit of an agreement with Iran with respect to nuclear development a bigger priority than pursuit of people transacting in cocaine…”

      Not all people transacting in cocaine, just certain people transacting in cocaine. If you were just some poor guy trying to earn some cash, you were sol.

      1. Doubtful. The DEA and FBI aren’t chasing “some poor guy[s]” selling dime bags of cocaine. There are minimum amounts of quantity before the feds even get involved.

  9. I thought Heckler’s Veto was standing doctrine w.r.t. speech in schools?

  10. What’s the scandal? Is a drug-free Hezbollah more important than a non-nuclear Iran?

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