Fear the foreign policy 'Blob'

White House adviser Ben Rhodes is right to loathe the DC foreign policy establishment

National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.
(Image credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

White House foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes committed one of the cardinal sins of the political aide over the weekend, getting portrayed as an arrogant, scheming Machiavelli in The New York Times Magazine. According to writer David Samuels, Rhodes sold President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran by contemptuously manipulating journalists and lying to the public.

Missing from the article is any forthright acknowledgment that Samuels has a massive axe to grind, and thus the article should be read with several large handfuls of salt. He was a fervent opponent of the White House's nuclear deal with Iran and even argued in 2009 that Israel should preemptively bomb the Islamic Republic. He quite obviously slanted the article accordingly — even stooping to a frankly deceptive implication that reporter Laura Rozen is a White House shill, probably in an effort to make other journalists angry at Rhodes.

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