By Roger Stone
Obama Deputy Security Advisor Ben Rhodes thought he could violate the law and run roughshod over the civil liberties of Donald Trump and his aides with impunity. He thought he could abuse the power of the state and its authority to spy on the Republican candidate for president. He thought he wouldn’t get caught because Hillary would win and nothing would come to light. In the event that anything went wrong, Ben’s brother, David Rhodes, was president of CBS News and surely he could help cover it up.
Ben Rhodes was wrong and now he must go to prison.
Called by some “the boy wonder of the Obama White House”, Rhodes was Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications. Some referred to him as the most influential voice shaping American foreign policy — aside from the president himself. That is quite a description for someone with zero foreign policy understanding or intellect.
Rhodes once said of himself “I don’t know anymore where I begin and Obama ends.” He has a giant ego, inflated self esteem, narcissistic issues. He is, in fact, a pompous asshole.
Let’s open up this scab and take a closer look. These facts should tell you something:
- He was a staff member on the 9/11 Commission. This tells me he’s comfortable with bullshit and not particularly concerned with the truth.
- He was official note taker for the Iraq Study Group. It’s been said he knew more about the Iraq war than Obama himself. I suspect he didn’t know more than the men and women fighting and dying in the war. He wasn’t there, but he was taking notes, hella notes.
Obama’s UN Ambassador and Rhodes co-conspirator, Samantha Powers said this about him, “He hates the idea of being phony.” [I imagine he likes walks on the beach and sunsets too.]
A recent evaluation of Rhodes comes from Foreign Policy writer Thomas E. Ricks who says “Rhodes comes off like a real asshole.” and “an overweening little schmuck.”
The real Rhodes can be seen by his conspiring to undermine President Trump, by spying on Americans – myself included – and leaking information to the public through a practice called “unmasking.” The current investigation into Obama administration unmasking practices has focused on Ben Rhodes.
Why this matters
It’s illegal for American intelligence agencies to spy on fellow Americans unless they communicate with foreign nationals whose conversations are being recorded. By law, the identity of the American is to be kept secret, but can be revealed to other intelligence agencies by special request. The agency receiving the identity must still keep it a secret. The process to unmask an American is laborious and requires dozens of pages of paperwork to justify an unmasking. These laws are in place to prevent abuse by the agencies or personnel within. The leaking of information gleaned though unmasking is illegal. Using it for partisan political purposes is unethical. Leaking it to the media is illegal.
During the last months of Obama’s presidency, requests for unmasking increased by 27 percent. Many of the unmasking requests were aimed at members of Trump’s transition team in an effort to undermine his credibility.
Key members of the House Judiciary Committee are pressuring Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) to investigate former senior Obama officials responsible for the leaks.
These Obama officials include former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, National Security adviser Susan Rice, National Security Council official Ben Rhodes and former CIA Director John Brennan.
Senior Trump Administration officials, as well as those in Congress, have named former Obama administration officials such as Rice and Rhodes as key suspects in the dissemination of classified national security information. Rhodes and the others must be held accountable for their role in the unmasking and leaking of classified national security information. Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) identified Rhodes as being involved with feeding journalists some of these leaks.
What a scumbag Ben Rhodes is. He hates being phony? I guess he doesn’t mind being a treasonous low life using the power given to him in honesty, and with great responsibility, to subvert the process of American democracy for his own self serving agenda and that of his outgoing boss.
Obama is the most two faced wolf in sheep’s clothing president since George H.W. Bush. Ben Rhodes may have lofty notions of who he is, but it’s crystal clear that he takes after his boss. Maybe that’s why Rhodes said of himself, “I don’t know anymore where I end and Obama begins.”
They both need to be indicted and prosecuted and then he’ll know where he ends… in prison.
Roger Stone is a political operative, speaker, pundit, and New York Times Bestselling Author. He was featured in the Netflix documentary “Get me Roger Stone”. A veteran of 10 national presidential campaigns, he served as a senior campaign aide to Republican presidents including Nixon, Reagan and Donald Trump.
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