So today's New York Times has the story by David Samuels on Ben Rhodes, where they play bros loving Don DeLillo and Rhodes bragged about his mind melding with Obama over the last 7 years and how he set up echo chambers to fool ignorant and stupid reporters, not to mention out of it foreign policy establishment types. Whoopee! Of course, all kinds of people are all ticked off at him, calling him many names, although not the one I have called him, with others picking up some of what he has dropped and running with it to discredit the Iran nuclear deal.
This is the matter that I am concerned with, and the matter where Rhodes has seriously messed up. Rhodes notoriously brags about putting forth a misleading story regarding the Iran nuclear deal in order to sell it to the US public. The lie was that the negotiations started in 2013 rather than in 2011 as they did. This was after "moderate" Rouhani became president, and this was what was sold to the ignorant media fools through the elaborate echo chamber Rhodes and his pals set up, of which he is clearly very proud.
But for anybody who actually knows anything about Iran, Rouhani was never ultimately in charge of the deal or foreign policy. That person is the Vilayat-el-faqih, the Supreme Jurisprudent, the unelected (well, elected by a small group of senior clerics) Ali Khameini, the leader of the "hardliners.". While Rhodes disses Hillary Clinton for having voted for the war in Iraq in 2003, she was the one who sent someone to meet with a rep from Khameini in Oman that initiated But she remains an annoying foreign policy establishment figure in Rhodes's view, while Kerry is barely mentioned, dismissed as someone who negotiated "details" while Rhodes and others had already negotiated the "framework. But to get to get a deal, the US had to have the hardlining Khameini on board as he was and is in charge, the Supreme Jurisprudent.
The problem is that this revelation of this unnecessary and stupid echo chamber is that the enemies of the Iran nuclear deal are already using this to argue that the whole deal is no good because it was sold on this lie, that the negotiations were only initiated with the moderate Rouhani rather than the necessary negotiations with Khameini. They should have sold it upfront with the reality of whom they were negotiating with, and frankly, people who play attention like me knew what was going on when it was going on. so it is true that most of the reporters are horrendously ignorant. But that does not excuse that the revelation of this stupid lying will be used by the enemies of this very important and wise agreement to undercut it.
Ben Rhodes should be ashamed of himself. I think he did this to sell himself for the post-Obama era, but I hope he has to go sit in a cottage somewhere and write his short stories, all by himself and reviled by the world.