Ben Rhodes: Obama’s Minister of Truth


I have a deep distrust of theory, an acute sense of the difference between words and facts.

And so, when Israel expelled 9,000 Jews from their homes in Gaza, under the theory that disengagement proves to the world that trading land for peace works, I knew—because the Arab Muslims tell us—that any Israeli withdrawal is celebrated as a sign of weakness, as surrender.

Obama’s policies regarding healthcare and Iran are more theories disconnected from the real world.

Since Obamacare was made law we have seen every promise made by Obama come crashing against reality. Premiums rise at an alarming rate, access to physicians shrinks, and the quality of health care for the majority of Americans declines. Obamacare in the real world is a predictable failure metastasizing into an even more predictable disaster.

Obama  theorized that Iran, a terrorist, theocratic fascist state, could be sculpted into a responsible power by recognizing their nuclear program.

Of course, nothing of the sort is happening. If anything, the nuclear deal emboldened the IslamoNazis of Iran. Israel and the Sunni Gulf states are in greater peril than ever before. The Middle East, under Iranian influence, is a slaughterhouse of failed states and rising transnational Islamist terrorist gangs.

In a long article by David Samuels in the NY Times—some call it shocking, I can no longer be shocked by anything Obama—Ben Rhodes, Obama’s foreign policy advisor, boasts that the Obama administration deliberately lied about the Iranian deal to the American public.

The Times reports:

The way in which most Americans have heard the story of the Iran deal presented — that the Obama administration began seriously engaging with Iranian officials in 2013 in order to take advantage of a new political reality in Iran, which came about because of elections that brought moderates to power in that country — was largely manufactured for the purpose for selling the deal. Even where the particulars of that story are true, the implications that readers and viewers are encouraged to take away from those particulars are often misleading or false.

Rhodes, a failed novelist, but still a fabulist, gloats that the press enabled Obama’s lies because the average reporter is—and this is true—27 years old, lazy, compliant, and deeply ignorant about world matters. The press, brags Rhodes, simply repeated White House talking points, thus acting as “force-multipliers” for Obama’s lies.

The Times reports:

For those in need of more traditional-seeming forms of validation, handpicked Beltway insiders like Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Laura Rozen of Al-Monitor helped retail the administration’s narrative.

In the past, Seraphic Secret characterized Jeffrey Goldberg as a court Jew. Obviously, that’s exactly how Obama views Goldberg.

The premise of the Iranian big lie is that Rouhani is a moderate, therefore Iran can be trusted to become the region’s hegemonic power as Obama withers American influence and power in the Middle East. Of course, Rouhani is no moderate and the deal was being negotiated even before Rouhani took office.

Reading Samuel’s piece is revealing, not for the universe of lies unmasked, but because Rhodes understands that even though he boasts about lying and holds in contempt the American public and the journalists who helped shape his narrative, he knows that Obama will never be held accountable — because the Obama cult is impervious to truth.

The Democrat party has been conditioned, like obedient little Marxists, to enforce party discipline.

As in Orwell’s 1984, lies are truth and war is peace. In short, Obama and his enablers are not only ignorant about how the world works, but they are arrogant about their ignorance.

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  1. Michael Kennedy
    Posted May 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    CNN is on the case describing Bill Clinton’s affairs as “allegations.”

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  2. GetThereJustAsSoon
    Posted May 9, 2016 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I would propose that ISIS is the physical manifestation of an ideology that has been at work in this country (USA) for some time. However, instead of destroying architectural wonders, it has been undermining, eroding, and even eliminating foundational values and beliefs of this nation.

    The ISIS “convert or die” mandate finds its parallel in the ideology that would have us be manipulated into conformity or face an unyielding tyranny that seeks to “kill” our spirit of truth and freedom.

    As ISIS spreads its pillaging, rape, destruction and death “in the flesh,” so in a figurative manner is this being done “in the spirit” to America the Beautiful.

    Moreover, what ISIS and this administration hold in common is the mocking, ridiculing challenge, “What are you going to do about it?!”

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    • pkoning
      Posted May 10, 2016 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

      Interesting point. And a good one. The recent “convert or go to jail” initiative from Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI) to muzzle those who won’t bow to the Cult of Warmism is a good example of what you’re saying.

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      • GetThereJustAsSoon
        Posted May 14, 2016 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

        I’ve had some system problems that prevented me from replying to you sooner. I agree the attempts to muzzle those who don’t agree with contemporary “cults” are distressing, especially coming from those in public service.

        If we cannot defend our position without muzzling others, then maybe it’s one that’s not worth defending.

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  3. Kimosabbe
    Posted May 9, 2016 at 1:03 pm | Permalink
  4. kishke
    Posted May 9, 2016 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    This echoes the deliberate lying boasted about by the architect of Obamacare.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted May 9, 2016 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      Great point. And of course, the revelation of lies made no difference to the true believers.

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