Lost amid the sputtering outrage of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s refusal to fall in line and march in lock-step behind Donald Trump is the news that the Obama Administration lied “Gruber-Style” to the American people in order to get the Iran Deal enacted. I know what you’re thinking: “Well, of course they lied.”
After all, the Obama White House has not even a passing acquaintance with the truth.
When I saw the story at Mediaite about White House foreign policy advisor Ben Rhodes’ profile at the New York Times, the cynic in me could barely muster up the outrage such a report should naturally elicit. So used to the flagrant lying from Barack Obama and his minions, it’s difficult not to simply shrug and say, “But of course they lied. They always lie.”
But what makes this story so mind-boggling is how funny these cretins seem to think it is that they pulled the wool over the country’s eyes in order to ram through this foolish and dangerous “deal” with Iran — as if hoodwinking the citizenry over a nuclear-armed enemy is a knee-slapping good time.
White House foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes (whose brother by the way is the head of CBS News) is an aspiring novelist. So his approach to the Iran Deal was to tell America a story. And, like every novelist, the story he told was pure fiction.
From the New York Times:
The way in which most Americans have heard the story of the Iran deal presented — that the Obama administration began seriously engaging with Iranian officials in 2013 in order to take advantage of a new political reality in Iran, which came about because of elections that brought moderates to power in that country — was largely manufactured for the purpose for selling the deal. Even where the particulars of that story are true, the implications that readers and viewers are encouraged to take away from those particulars are often misleading or false. [underline emphasis mine]
Framing the narrative. Just like a good storyteller.
Again from the Times:
The president set out the timeline himself in his speech announcing the nuclear deal on July 14, 2015: “Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not.” While the president’s statement was technically accurate — there had in fact been two years of formal negotiations leading up to the signing of the J.C.P.O.A. — it was also actively misleading, because the most meaningful part of the negotiations with Iran had begun in mid-2012, many months before Rouhani and the “moderate” camp were chosen in an election among candidates handpicked by Iran’s supreme leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The idea that there was a new reality in Iran was politically useful to the Obama administration.
Rhodes and his assistant yucked it up with the New York Times reporter about how they had several journalists in their back pocket who would happily parrot their skewed, misleading and downright false talking points any time they wanted them to.
Yeah. Isn’t lying to the American people about a nuclear Iran downright hilarious!
It’s apparently now a laughing matter that some of the most prominent reporters in Washington are nothing more than mouthpieces for the administration. I remember when it was considered a journalistic scandal that the media might not have [been] tough enough on George W. Bush‘s claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But now, the fact that the White House is openly colluding with prominent journalists (and this is well-known enough that a Times reporter can rattle off their names) is greeted with a shrug.
So desperate was Obama (read Valerie Jarrett) to make this reckless deal with Iran that looking the American people in the face and openly lying about it was perfectly acceptable. After all, the ends justify the means. What’s worse, these journalists — who would no sooner let any Republican President get away with this kind of treasonous deceit — were more than happy to play along.
What’s really astounding is Barack Obama had the nerve to advance a lie while claiming that those who oppose the deal were the ones being dishonest about it. On Planet Earth, we call that “Projection.”
In fact, in his July 18, 2015 Weekly Address, he said this:
This deal will make America and the world safer and more secure. Still, you’re going to hear a lot of overheated and often dishonest arguments about it in the weeks ahead.
At the time he peddled his lies, I knew he was lying.
In April of last year, I wrote in my column Fool Me Once:
Here’s the skinny, folks.
Barry doesn’t think it will be different.
Barry doesn’t give the hairy ass of a rat if Iran complies or not.
We can’t trust Iran.
And the sad fact is most Americans know we can’t trust Obama either.
Neither party is particularly trustworthy to say the least.
But it isn’t that they are lying to each other.
They are both lying to us.
How can you trust any deal made between two deeply dishonest parties?
Even before Obama became President, he was writing letters to the mullahs of Iran begging them to wait until after he was elected to play ball. I wrote about this back in March of 2015 in my column A “Friend” of Iran:
Which is more outrageous? 47 Senators signing on to a letter to Iran informing them that any deal made with the US must be approved by the Senate, or a sitting Senator who is running for President secretly sending a private emissary to Tehran letting the Mullahs know that he is a “friend” of Iran who will be more amenable to working with them when he becomes president?
Barack Obama dragged us into this deal with Iran by hook or by crook, not out of some desire to make the country safer or the world safer, but to do the bidding of his “friends” in Tehran.
Do I feel vindicated that Ben Rhodes all but admits that they peddled lies to force this useless and ultimately dangerous deal down the American people’s throat?
No. I don’t feel vindicated. I am furious.
You should be too.
The truth with a capital “T” no longer has any place in our system of government. Lying to get what you want is now so expected, nobody, not even the reporter at the New York Times who chuckled right along with these vile deceivers, is even surprised that this Administration committed treason.
As Alex Griswold from Mediaite said in the closing of his article:
That’s the real scandal here: not that the White House lied, not that they admitted to lying, not that they admitted that the media and “experts” helped them lie. The real story here is that this is all so typical, most Washington insiders failed to realize this was something that the average American would even be outraged by.
Will this kind of willful deceit against the American people end when Obama leaves office? I think that’s highly doubtful. Currently, the two frontrunners for both political parties are old hands at using lies and misleading statements to get what they want. They lie with such frequency that the only thing that would ever be earth-shattering is if one of them actually uttered the truth.
There is one difference, however, between Hillary and Donald. This complicit Enslaved Press that gave Barack Obama a pass for his treason will probably let Hillary get away with it as well. However, should the equally dishonest and deceitful Donald Trump win in November, these cretinous bastards in the Enslaved Press will suddenly take the moral high-road and give a President Trump holy hell for being the same kind of lying, duplicitous president that Obama has been for the last nearly eight years.
George Orwell once said, “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” But in America in the Age of Obama, telling a lie, rather than being treason, is standard operating procedure.
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