Ben Rhodes: Let's Define "Strategic" Communications

May 18, 2016 |

When White House national security advisor Ben Rhodes gave that now-infamous interview to The New York Times bragging about the “echo chamber” he created to push the Iran nuclear deal, he showed a stunning lack of foresight. If he’s so knowledgeable about echo chambers, he should have known that he himself would be creating a brand new one with that article --- and not the kind he or anyone else in the White House wants.

We’ve learned from that interview that Ben Rhodes is less a national security advisor than he is a proud creative writer, busily creating narratives on issues such as Benghazi and the Iran nuclear deal that rely on total fiction. His whole mind is an echo chamber! One might even say that his full title, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, begs an analysis of the word “strategic.” When the White House claims the public wasn’t misled on Iran, the accuracy of that statement depends on what the meaning of “strategic” is. Clearly, the public was misled. But Rhodes takes pride in manipulating young, inexperienced reporters who find themselves in the exhilarating position of covering the White House beat. Ironically, Rhodes himself represents the kind of “journalist” he slams in the piece --- someone who’s never actually investigated the facts but who simply offers the administration a blank page to write on.

When the House Oversight Committee responded Tuesday with a hearing on the Iran deal and committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) asked Rhodes to come in and testify, he responded like the spectacular egotist he is --- as a no-show, the equivalent of a big “up yours” to the panel. The White House is calling this a “separation of powers issue.” What, Rhodes can talk to The New York Times, but he can’t talk to Congress?

Oddly enough, the minority chair, Elijah Cummings (D-MD) accused Republicans of creating their own echo chamber, repeating the same talking points over and over. Oh, really? If that’s what they’re doing, then why wouldn’t Ben Rhodes want to come in, interrupt their echo and set the record straight? Here’s the answer, simple enough for the youngest and most inexperienced Washington reporter to understand: It’s because there really is nothing he can say that doesn’t reinforce the picture he’s created of a White House making up things out of whole cloth.

Some Republican lawmakers have already released a letter calling for Ben Rhodes to be fired “before he further tarnishes the office of the President.” It’s hard to imagine how that office could become more tarnished than it already is, but still: way to go, GOP.

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  • Rose Howell

    05/19/2016 01:04 AM

    I've mentioned it before but I say it again. I certainly hope that your name is on that short list for VP. You seem to be able to get along with most everyone which is certainly a big plus for a VP. Newt probably has more House and DC experience but then between he and Donald, we're talking about a LOT of past marriages. Has Carson gotten that idea off the ground of getting all 17 of you candidates in a room together to actually brainstorm about the future of our nation? Sounds like a good plan. I like Rick Perry too but don't know how well Trump would work with him. I think you are the answer :)

  • Mary Marshall

    05/18/2016 12:30 PM

    Please know we are praying for you and our country, and are hearts are so heavy with hurt and disappointment of where our country stands!! Satan has entrenched himself in our president, congress, senate, and all our leaders!!! Very few it seems are Davids of the Bible!! God has the power and He gives it to us and the courage to stand up and identify with Him!! We are praying for you!!!! Also all those that are making decisions for our country and that all will vote for Mr Trump and you and others will plant the seeds of Salvation thru Jesus Christ to Mr Trump and his Family!!! I really like all of them!! And that the LORD will DEAL with Mr Rhodes !!!!!! Love all of you and what you stand for!!! God our Father!!!

  • Gigi Villa

    05/18/2016 11:59 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, My family and I have great respect and admiration for you. You are absolutely correct how much more could this WH be tarnished (all of their own doing). It seems to a lot of people we know that, this administration will be leaving the country and the government in a shambles. They do not care what goes on that is why they are acting like bad renters, who trash your rental properties because they could not pay the rent. In this case the administration could not give the American people a positive out come for "Hope or Change" everyone is suffering in the lower and middle class. Poverty is growing so fast it is possibly going to be insurmountable by most citizens. They will be mentally incapable of dealing with the deep depression they are spiraling. Hopefully the inauguration of our next President will be soon enough to fix the tremendous problems left behind, by this administration.
    We pray that your support as well as others, continue to grow and Donald Trump is listening and assimilating the advice you all are providing to him. God bless you all and God bless America