This is the single most important story in the last eight years. It involves the utterly absurd and bizarre way in which American foreign policy is made, and the absence to an infinite degree of the media as a check on government. It explains better than anything I have read why the Western world is finished and done. If you are not on top of this story, you have no serious conception about how deranged the world in which you live actually is.
I have discussed it already – The Obama White House counted on the ignorance and stupidity of the media – but my impression from the lack of interest and the comments is that no one thinks of this as anything very much at all and I don’t just mean here but everywhere. Perhaps there is a weariness in dealing with Obama and his lying that everyone just says, so what else is new? For me, however, this is one of the most clarifying stories I have ever read since what it says is that there is literally nothing that a party of the left can do that will cause outrage. Literally nothing at all. And the blame here cannot be landed on the left, but on the right, who has no idea how to fight and so far as the party administrations on the right are concerned, are of zero use at all. If anyone can read this and then worry about Donald Trump, they are too hopelessly gone. We will deserve what we get if the one lifeline we are finally thrown is rejected. All of the following are different takes on this same story.
Richard Fernandez: The Men Who Would Be King
John Podhoretz: White House admits it played us for fools to sell Iran deal
Claudia Rosette: Meet the Flimflam Man Behind Obama’s Foreign Policy ‘Narrative’
Scott Johnson: The runt of Rhodes
Clarice Feldman: An Epiphany on the Road to Tehran
Jed Babbin: The Eight-Year Amateur Hour
Washington Examiner: How Obama plays his adoring fans in the press
Aaron McLean: Ben Rhodes, Liar
Lee Smith: The Ben Rhodes Blow-up
Daniel Drezner: My extremely lukewarm take on Ben Rhodes
Clifford May: Obama’s ‘boy wonder’
Scott Johnson: The Goldberg Variations
John R. Schindler: As Boyish Ben Rhodes Drops Truth Bombs, Obama’s Media Mask Crumbles
The Diplomad: On the Iran Deal: Guess What?
Michael Totten: Washington’s Idiotic Echo Chamber
The Observer: Deception on—Not Just in—Iran
What I cannot fathom is why this is not the single most debated issue on the conservative right side of politics. There are thirty-seven stories that I have collected to go with my own which are listed in the order in which they were found. Everyone sees how sensationally incredible this is, but no matter how much tinder there is, it is obviously not possible to generate genuine heat about any issue since it will never enter in any way into the mainstream media and therefore into popular consciousness. This is the world we are in. And this is the problem we are facing on the right if we cannot find a means to break through and have a scandal of such dimension recognised for what it is. You really do have to appreciate that Rhodes could say without any concern that he, a failed novelist, is the single most important influence on Obama’s foreign policy and have it confirmed by others in the White House. And I regret to say that even those among us who read these blogs don’t see this as the absolute beyond the pale scandal it is because they didn’t read it on a front page or see it repeated on the news for three nights in a row.