Top White House aide boasts of Iran deal deception…IE he thinks that YOU are stupid
In the lead-up to and wake of the nuclear deal reached between Iran and six world powers last July, U.S. President Barack Obama tried to sell it as a historic opportunity. His argument was simple — a “moderate” president, Hassan Rouhani, had taken power in Tehran and was seeking to open a new relationship with the West.
But, it turns out that, as many suspected, the Obama administration was peddling a false narrative. A New York Times Magazine article published on Thursday revealed that the administration intentionally distorted the truth to hide fact that Obama had already wanted a deal with Iran when extremist Holocaust denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was president. And this campaign of deception was led by Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, Ben Rhodes.
This revelation was made by Rhodes himself in the New York Times Magazine article, which was a profile piece about him. Calling the 38-year-old Rhodes the “boy wonder of the Obama White House” and “Obama’s foreign policy guru,” the article said Rhodes had achieved a “mind meld” with Obama and helped the president “execute a radical shift in American foreign policy.” This despite the fact that, as the article stated, Rhodes’ “lack of conventional real world experience of the kind that normally precedes responsibility for the fate of nations — like military or diplomatic service, or even a master’s degree in international relations, rather than creative writing — is still startling.”
Rhodes admitted to the article’s author David Samuels that the Obama administration had created a media “echo chamber” to promote the Iran deal, with reporters “saying things that validated what we had given them to say.”
“In the absence of rational discourse, we are going to discourse the [expletive] out of this,” Rhodes said. “We had test drives to know who was going to be able to carry our message effectively, and how to use outside groups like Ploughshares, the Iran Project and whomever else. So we knew the tactics that worked.”
Regarding opponents of the Iran deal, Rhodes said, “We drove them crazy.”
According to the article, U.S. State Department officials finalized their proposal for an interim deal with Iran (which became the basis for the final deal) in March 2013, several months before Rouhani was elected president. Not only that, the talks with the Iranians began in Oman in July 2012.
Following Rouhani’s election in the summer of 2013, the “idea that there was a new reality in Iran was politically useful to the Obama administration,” the article said. Rhodes, however, acknowledged being skeptical about how “moderate” Rouhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad
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