We have seen Valerie Jarrett, the puppet-master, whose approval is required before President Obama takes action; we have seen Jay Carney and Josh Earnest, the presidential mouthpieces willing to stand before the media and lie, dissemble, and evade; and now we are learning more about the shadowy figure behind the damage control efforts on Benghazi and Bowe Bergdahl.

So who is the man behind the man?


Benjamin J. Rhodes -- Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting

Rhodes grew up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and attended the exclusive Collegiate School, graduating in 1996. Rhodes then attended Rice University, graduating in 2000 with majors in English and political science. He then moved back to New York, attending New York University and graduating in 2002 with an MFA in creative writing.

In 2002, James Gibney, editor of Foreign Policy, introduced Rhodes to Lee Hamilton, former member of the House of Representative and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, who was looking for a speechwriter. Rhodes then spent five years as a Hamilton assistant, helping to draft the Iraq Study Group Report and the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

In 2007, Rhodes began working as a speechwriter for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign.

Rhodes, who has been described as a realist by The Washington Post, wrote Obama's 2009 Cairo speech "A New Beginning". Rhodes was the adviser who counseled Obama to withdraw support from Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, becoming a key adviser during the 2011 Arab Spring.

Rhodes is married to Ann Norris, [former] chief foreign policy adviser to Senator Barbara Boxer [who is now the Senior Advisor at the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State.] His brother, David, is chairman of CBS News  <Source>

So what we see is an elite, well-connected progressive socialist democrat with no military experience and limited foreign policy experience as a staffer. A man who all of a sudden seems to be connected with all that appears to be going wrong in foreign policy.

Benghazi …

It appears that it was Ben Rhodes who executed the White House strategy that resulted in President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, and others lying to America about the 9/11 anniversary terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Telling everyone that the attack was a spontaneous protest as a result of a little-seen video disparaging Islam.


We now know the video was a ruse, and that the real message was Benghazi was “not a broader failure of policy” and that President Obama provides leadership that is steady and statesmanlike. A lie – but presented by a great wordsmith; and possibly the guy behind the TelePrompTer.

And now we might be seeing Rhodes’ handiwork in spinning the story that President Obama did not trade five high-level Taliban commanders for an American deserter or worse. 

bo This is what they are trying to cover up: Obama celebrating the release of a alleged deserter with Bergdahl’s family – the father wearing a Taliban beard and quoting the Qur’an. Another time when the White House apparently acted without knowing all the facts.

Hiding the truth …


Obama WH Hiding Bowe Bergdahl Charges — Treason Too?

Transparency: The administration is said to be hiding for reasons of damage control a report on the soldier we traded five Taliban leaders for. Bowe Bergdahl's lawyers have already been given a charge sheet for desertion.

Both Fox News and now NBC News have reported that Sgt. Bergdahl will be charged with desertion. "I have been told and confirmed by two other sources that his attorney has been given what we call a charge sheet," retired Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a respected military analyst, told Fox's Bill O'Reilly on Monday. NBC's Jim Miklaszewski quoted senior defense officials on Tuesday as saying charges could be referred within a week.

"A charge sheet is the results of investigation listing out the articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that have been violated," Shaffer explained. "The key violation is desertion."

According to Shaffer, an analyst with the London Center for Policy Research, White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, who played a key role in the cover-up of administration malfeasance in the Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans, has been laboring to keep this information under wraps as long as possible, perhaps to be included later in one of those Friday data dumps the administration is famous for.

Source: Obama WH Hiding Bowe Bergdahl Charges For Desertion — Treason Too?

Bottom line …

There is little doubt in my mind that President Barack Obama, arguably the worst President of the modern era, was elected on a fluke: a confluence of events where the media and the progressive socialist democrats were able to use a divided America to elect a marginal, relatively unknown Senator with little or no experience in administration, management, foreign policy, and domestic policy. With a skillset more in tune with radical community organizers railing against the man. Not only did he bring incompetence, malfeasance, corruption, and illegality with him, but those who do his bidding – some say control him – are trying desperately to keep the depths of his betrayal hidden until he is out of office and able to feather his nest elsewhere. Perhaps with the same team in tow.

America is reaping the seeds that they sowed when they allowed the President of the United States to run America like it was Chicago – complete with corruption, cronyism, and general incompetence. Allowing a cadre of progressive socialist democrats to serve as a shadow government; unelected, unvetted, and unconfirmed by the Senate.

One of the most powerful institutions in America, the United States Congress, appears to be reluctant to challenge the President or his minions – possibly because of all of the dirt dished by our intelligence and law enforcement agencies that have become hyper-politicized. With the Department of Justice and the FBI under the direction of a racist ideologue who openly provides legal cover for the President and those who subvert the Constitution and the rule of law.

Will it get better? I am not sure. I look at the current GOP field and am greatly discouraged by Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Chris Christie and the rest of the wannabes; most of whom would settle for a position of Vice President. The only real shot we might have is Scott Walker for President and Susanna Martinez for Vice President or possibly Marco Rubio.

As long as the GOP is unwilling to stand up and call out the President and his Administration for high crimes and misdemeanors – or present their own platform and plans, we are so screwed.

-- steve

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