From today’s Washington Post:
“One of President Obama’s top national security advisers led journalists to believe a misleading timeline of U.S. negotiations with Iran over a nuclear-disarmament agreement and relied on inexperienced reporters to create an “echo chamber” that helped sway public opinion to seal the deal, according to a lengthy magazine profile.
Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, told the New York Times magazine that he helped promote a “narrative” that the administration started negotiations with Iran after the supposedly moderate Hassan Rouhani was elected president in 2013. In fact, the administration’s negotiations actually began earlier, with the country’s powerful Islamic faction, and the framework for an agreement was hammered out before Rouhani’s election.
The distinction is important because of the perception that Rouhani was more favorably disposed toward American interests and more trustworthy than the hard-line faction that holds ultimate power in Iran.”
In other words, the Obama Administration manipulated the news media to deceive the American public. The objective was to make the public less concerned about the trustworthiness of the Iranian government and the motives of the Obama administration regarding an agreement that resulted in Iran receiving billions of dollars in exchange for a promise to do what it has never done before, adhere to an international nuclear treaty.
Since this information arrived in the form of a boast from Obama’s chief foreign policy advisor, in a tone reminiscent of the revelations of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, it qualifies as a smoking gun indictment of the President’s integrity, honesty, competence and transparency.
Let me correct that: another smoking gun.
Yet the Post published this in its Style section, with the movie reviews, gossip columns and crossword puzzle. The Rhodes profile itself was published by the New York Times Magazine, not the newspaper itself. In other words, the two major U.S. dailies that were among the news sources duped by Rhodes and Obama, think this is interesting, entertaining even. They don’t perceive it as news and apparently they don’t think it is wrong.
Who thinks it’s wrong and newsworthy that an anti-American regime that has pledged and continues to pledge that it will destroy Israel to be misrepresented as moderate and trustworthy so Obama could burnish his “legacy”? Conservative media, websites and pundits, by definition: if you are not willing to accept that whatever President Obama does is wonderful and beyond reproach no matter how incompetent, reckless and dishonest it appears on the surface, then you are, by definition, a conservative. Probably a racist, too.
Several published opponents of the deal figured out what was going on. Mosaic’s Michael Doran spelled out the deceptive strategy a year ago, but they were all marginalized in the mainstream media as blind supporters of Israel or hysterics, much as the opponents of Obamacare were derided when they tried to explain that the legislation was a badly-drafted con. (“If you like your current healthcare plan, you can keep your plan. Period.”) Now one of the architects of the Iran fiasco has, apparently smugly, confirmed the truth of those warnings, just as Jonathan Gruber confirmed that the individual mandate that the Administration swore wasn’t a penalty but a tax (in order to avoid getting the whole law overturned as unconstitutional) was a penalty, was designed as a penalty and was intended to be a penalty.
But that’s not news, not worthy of the A section.
How did President Obama explain the Gruber admission? He implausibly denied that one of the primary insiders responsible for the form and substance of the Affordable Care Act knew what he was talking about.
Now the Ben Rhodes “We fooled you all-aren’t we clever?–hahahahahahaha!” piece in the Times’ magazine is getting just a bit too much attention and attracting a little too much venom (Foreign Policy’s blunt headline: “A stunning profile of Ben Rhodes, the asshole who is the president’s foreign policy guru” to ignore, so White House paid liar Josh Earnest was trotted out to deny the undeniable. Asked about Rhodes’ revelations, Earnest offered a classic Jumbo (“Elephant? What elephant?):
“I haven’t seen anybody produce any evidence that that’s the case. I recognize there might be some people who are disappointed that they did not succeed in killing the Iran deal. Maybe these unfounded claims are the result of sour grapes. The truth is, the administration, under the direction of the president, engaged in an aggressive campaign to make a strong case to the American people that the international agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon enhanced the national security of the United States.”
What? What does he mean he hasn’t “seen anybody produce any evidence that that’s the case”? The President’s chief foreign policy advisor just boasted in print that it was the case, the he was a primary force in making it the case, and that he’s proud of it!
Yet millions of compliant Democrats will nod and accept that self-evident lie, blame “Faux News,” and re-read Rolling Stone’s recent proclamation that Barack Obama is the greatest President since President Sliced Bread.
Gee, what could all those Trump and Bernie voters be so angry about?