May 13, 2013
Ben Rhodes: Obama’s Fixer behind the Benghazi Cover-Up
By Ed Lasky
Barack Obama’s "Tower of Fabrications," as Peter Wehner describes the Benghazi scandal, is beginning to crack. And that crack will soon reveal a central figure behind the cover-up, a man close to Barack Obama for years but generally unknown to the public: Ben Rhodes.
Rhodes has risen from being an obscure and failed fiction writer to formulating foreign and national security policy for Obama precisely because he is willing to his superiors’ bidding regardless of facts. He has a history of using whatever talents he has with the pen to do so.
A few years ago he had drafted the Iraq Study Group report on the causes and mishaps of the Iraq War to focus on Israel — despite the fact that Israel was not part of the scope of the mission the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group was given. Witnesses and experts called by the Committee were appalled. Why did Rhodes distort the record? He seemingly was doing the bidding of his masters who have a history of animus towards Israel. Rhodes had attended Rice University, where the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy is housed; it was headed by Edward Djerejian. Both Baker and his friend Djerejian (a former Ambassador to Syria) have pro-Arab records; criticism of and pressure towards Israel have been hallmarks of their careers. Both Baker and Djerejian played key roles in choosing whom to hire for the Iraq Study Group and how the work was done.
Rhodes may also just be indulging his own pro-Muslim sympathies. He wrote Obama’s infamous Cairo Speech. That paean to the Muslim world was filled with fulsome praise of Islam that were factually incorrect (Rhodes’ post-graduate education, after all, was in fiction-writing and under Obama he seems to have finally found someone who will pay him for writing fiction). The speech avoided references to radical Islam and was filled with platitudes about Islam. The speech highlighted a tougher line towards Israel and "credited" that nation’s founding as due to European guilt over the Holocaust (ignoring 5000 years of history).
Rhodes has gone from writing reports and drafting speeches to playing a key role in formulating foreign and national security policy, according to the New York Times. His closeness to Obama — a man known for his aloofness ("he doesn’t like people" says a former aide) has become well-known.
There is a reason Rhodes is close to Obama.
Everyone in power needs a fixer and, according to the latest revelations, Ben Rhodes is Obama’s fixer.
Rhodes seems to be proud of his role. Patrick Howley of the Daily Caller notes that Rhodes "identifies himself first and foremost as a strategist and mouthpiece for the president’s agenda" whose, quoting Rhodes, "main job, which has always been my job, is to be the person who represents the president’s view on these issues"
When State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland requested changes to the original CIA talking points to eliminate reports regarding warnings of the upcoming attacks who responded positively to her wishes? Ben Rhodes.
Stephen Hayes writes at the Weekly Standard (The Benghazi Scandal Grows:
The CIA’s talking points, the ones that went out that Friday evening, were distributed via email to a group of top Obama administration officials. Forty-five minutes after receiving them, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland expressed concerns about their contents, particularly the likelihood that members of Congress would criticize the State Department for "not paying attention to Agency warnings." CIA officials responded with a new draft, stripped of all references to Ansar al Sharia.
In an email a short time later, Nuland wrote that the changes did not "resolve all my issues or those of my building leadership." She did not specify whom she meant by State Department "building leadership." Ben Rhodes, a top Obama foreign policy and national security adviser, responded to the group, explaining that Nuland had raised valid concerns and advising that the issues would be resolved at a meeting of the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee the following morning.
As Charles Krauthammer noted, Rhodes had written in an email he wanted the revisions to reflect all the "equities" of the various departments involved in the Benghazi story — not reflect the truth but the "equities" (a Washington euphemism for reputations). Truth ended up on the cutting room floor.
This report was backed up by other journalists.
As Kevin Robillard wrote at Politico,"Terror References removed from Benghazi talking points":
Nuland was backed up by Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes.
"We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation," Rhodes wrote. "We thus will work through the talking points tomorrow morning at the Deputies Committee meeting."
After the meeting Rhodes mentioned, all references to Al Qaeda were deleted.
Hayes outlines what happened next:
Mike Morell, deputy director of the CIA, agreed to work with Jake Sullivan and Rhodes to edit the talking points. At the time, Sullivan was deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the State Department’s director of policy planning; he is now the top national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden.
It is highly doubtful that Morell, the deputy director of the CIA, a career official (not an Obama appointee), found this work comfortable or rewarding.
After all, he was being "asked" to distort the CIA’s original report — to eliminate references to Islamic terrorism, to delete warnings of an organized attack to come, to shield the Obama administration and cover-up the Benghazi disaster, a problem that would have plagued Barack Obama in the run-up to the election.
Then CIA-director David Petraeus was reportedly appalled at the revisions forced upon them by Team Obama (recall the constant references during the Bush era about the "politicizing of intelligence"?). He was particularly frustrated over the deleted references to terrorism.
So who pushed for such a radical alteration of the CIA talking points, who has a history of writing reports, drafting speeches, doing his bosses bidding regardless of ethics and fealty to facts, and who has a record of indulging in pro-Islam messaging? None other than Ben Rhodes.
Journalists have just begun to focus on his role.
James Rosen, the Fox News Washington correspondent, reported Friday night on the Bret Baier show, that the Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes at the White House was an early participant in the process of rewriting the CIA talking points and he lined up with State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland in a "way that served to accelerate the scrubbing of the talking points".
Coincidentally (or not) Ben Rhodes’s brother, David Rhodes, is the head of CBS News. One of the most dogged journalists trying to peel away the covers behind the Benghazi scandal has been CBS journalist Sharyl Atkinson. She has had to endure pressure from liberal journalistic colleagues to stop digging. Politico reports that "network sources" say that she "can’t get some of her stories on the air."
The coercion may be going into overdrive as the investigations gets closer to fingering Ben Rhodes as the key player behind the Benghazi cover-up. According to Patrick Howley of the Daily Caller, CBS News may be on the verge of firing Atkinson.
Furthermore, Ben Rhodes is married to Ann Norris, senior foreign and defense advisor to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California). One might with some justification expect Sen. Boxer to run interference for Ben Rhodes should investigations begin to focus on his role in the Benghazi scandal.
Congress, or rather the Republican-held House since Harry Reid would never permit any truth-finding by the Democrat Senate, needs to step up the pace of their investigations, issue subpoenas, and call witnesses. America (and the wounded and dead victims and the family and friends who survive them) deserves to know the truth behind Benghazi.
And among those witnesses should be Ben Rhodes. Perhaps being forced to swear he will tell the truth will finally cause him to abandon fiction.
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We have been following California’s hidden-money scandal, in which bureaucrats in the state Parks Department concealed $54 million for more than a decade, even as the Department was shutting down 70 parks, the state facing budget deficits of $16 billion, and politicians stumping for huge tax increases. One legislator wanted to know how much more “deceit and thievery” was going on. California’s Department of Finance, which failed to detect the money for more than a decade, decided to take a look.
Their audit, released in late December, verified the hidden $53.4 million and said that the surplus existed since 1993. Auditors declined to look back any further and did not speculate on why state employees would conceal money. They also found $3.9 million in a fund for donations that had “no assigned purpose” but they assigned no blame. Rather, it was all a question of poor management and insufficient training. The auditors left any legal questions to the Attorney General, whose January 4 report proved puzzling to reporters at the Sacramento Bee, which broke the hidden-money story last year.
The AG found that Parks had concealed only $20.5 million and the remaining $33 million was “simply obscured by long-term complexities in managing that fund.” Even so, the investigators proved unable to explain how the money piled up, while ruling that it was all “unintended” and not due to misconduct. In fact, as the Bee noted “the attorney general’s office did not even analyze what the relevant laws might be in that regard.” The AG let the state Natural Resources Agency decide whether to bring in local law enforcement, a clear dereliction of duty but also a confession that California is unqualified to investigate itself.
The Finance and Attorney General probes tell bureaucrats they can continue to play fast and loose with money and the state’s highest accounting and law enforcement agencies will look the other way. An independent team of competent investigators might well find more hidden money, but that is unlikely in a virtual one-party state where the Assembly Speaker has restricted press access and the Senate boss pulls the plug on television coverage of key hearings. The lesson should be clear: the more power governments wield, the more secretive they become.
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Accountability Review Board report (ARB), a whitewash, that conveniently ignored important details
The Fix is in Part IV: Benghazi Cover-up: The Hand Shake
- Marinka Peschmann (Bio and Archives) Monday, January 7, 2013
The best part of political theater, otherwise known as the ‘ah ha’ moment for truth seekers, can often be found when the show ends. In this epic tragedy, called the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: Benghazi: The Attack and the Lesson Learned, held on December 20, 2012, starring Senator John Kerry (D-Mass), as the Chairman, it happened right after Kerry’s dramatic closing statement concluded. The lights dimmed, the press started packing up their gear, the stars/senators, in crisp suits, with their shine-free faces courtesy of heavy pancake make-up, exited stage left. It was a quick moment but a telling one. Did you catch it?
Think back if you will, or were you too busy shopping for the holidays to notice? Perhaps you were under the illusion that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee serious and important hearing to get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi where four Americans were murdered: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith, a computer expert, was really serious and important because as the New York Times reported: the “Benghazi Hearing, State Dept. Conceded Errors,” and Hillary Clinton had already taken full responsibility. Case closed.
Or have you been paying attention? Are you disturbed by the lies coming from the Obama-Clinton regime beginning with President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, philandering ex-CIA chief David Petraeus, and White House Press Secretary James Carney, when they falsely blamed a Youtube video for the deadly attack? Especially since we know the Obama-Clinton regime knew within two hours that the Islamist militia group Ansar al-Sharia took credit for it, and declined life-saving requests for help.
Did it make you sick and cringe in appalled horror when you heard Charles Woods’, the father of slain Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, during an interview with Glenn Beck on TheBlazeTV, recount how on the day his son’s body was brought home from Libya, how Hillary Clinton told him that the U.S. would “make sure that the person who made that film [the Youtube video] is arrested and prosecuted.”
“When she said that, I could tell that she was not telling me the truth,” Woods said while he wondered why the Obama-Clinton regime did “not do something to protect” his son and the others.
Indeed, we all wonder why they didn’t send help, and what was Ambassador Stevens really doing in Benghazi in the first place—-those of us who are paying attention—that is. We did not get those questions answered during the serious and important Senate committee’s Benghazi hearings, nor will we find out from President Obama, who nonchalantly, callously, chalked up the deadly terrorist attack in Benghazi on some “sloppiness” last week on NBC’s Meet the Press.
Instead what we got were two shows. The first one was the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing dog and pony show for the American people, to falsely assure them that their elected leaders were doing their jobs. As Chairman Kerry stated in his authoritative, stage-craft, opening statement, “From the very beginning of the Benghazi events, every member of this Committee has shared with the President and Secretary Clinton our determination to get all the facts about what happened and why in Benghazi.”
But it is the second story-line that you should be following if you seek the truth, and it’s called the Benghazi cover-up because the fix is in, and as I’ve been reporting, it has been all along.
Did you see how after the Benghazi Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Hillary’s stand-in witness (because she was ill and couldn’t testify) Thomas R. Nides, the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, rush up to his soon- to-be-new-boss, at the State Department, Chairman Kerry, and shake his hand?
If you didn’t catch that, go back and look. That’s the show you want to watch. Although Nides’ and Kerry’s brief exchange was inaudible, it was visually affirmative. One can imagine it went something like this: “Good job,” or “Well done.”
I’d say so, because thanks to Hillary’s “independent” 39-page, declassified Benghazi Accountability Review Board report (ARB), a whitewash, that conveniently ignored important details such as why Sean Smith would send information out via a gaming website, and who ordered the military to stand down—(the same report the Senate Committee hearings were based upon), it looks like $2.2 billion (over ten-years) will be headed for the State Department very soon. A department Chairman Kerry expects to lead, as President Obama’s nominated Secretary of State—and no one will be held accountable for the deaths in Benghazi.
In a just and God fearing America, Senator Kerry would have recused himself from any involvement in the Senate Foreign Relations hearing. It is a conflict to investigate one’s friends, or a department you hope to lead with a boss to impress. But alas, we are not living in a just or God fearing America and have not for a long time now.
History is repeating itself. We saw the cover-up play out in Following Orders: The Death of Vince Foster, Clinton White House Lawyer—-where no one was held accountable there either. Now some of the same people with the same ‘the ends justify the means’ Saul Alinsky-ideology are using the same playbook to cover-up Benghazi. The only question is will Washington’s elite get away with it again?
For too long people have looked the other way and remained silent at the blatant corruption and abuse of power occurring within their own government. Now the government is emboldened and the corruption has metastasized like a cancer. Pray for protection for those serving in harm’s way. They cannot count on the Obama-Clinton regime to provide it.
America you are being deceived. Tomorrow, I will take you behind the smoke and mirrors of the Senate Foreign Relations Hearings and show you how.
Tomorrow: Benghazi Cover-up 101 for Dummies
To find out how the Clinton White House covered-up the death of Vince Foster and what really happened to him click here. To find out how the Obama-Clinton regime thwarts the rule of law and gets away with it click here. To get the inside scoop in Benghazi follow Director of Northeast Intelligence Network and Senior CFP columnist Doug Hagmann’s exclusive “intelligence insider” reporting.
Watch the Benghazi Senate Foreign Relations Hearings at CSPAN. The handshake starts at 1:44 mark
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The alleged shooter of the Aurora movie theater massacre “James Holmes” might not be who they are showing us on TV.
Astonishingly, the persons in both photos look nothing alike.
The following is a photo comparison of James Holmes (on the left before the crime) and “James Holmes” (on the right) after the crime, during the first court proceeding:
(To get the full impact of this story, go to the link and look at the two pictures)
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KING WORLD NEWS INTERVIEW WITH JIM SINCLAIR:
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