Some time ago speculation ran
through the Mainstream Media and the Internet about which “playbook”
the Obama administration has been following in terms of its domestic and international
policies. Was it George Orwell’s Nineteen
Eighty-Four, or Ayn Rand’s Atlas
seemed to have enjoyed a kind of ethereal, literary karma and wound up in
President Barack Obama’s administration. The premise behind the consensus was
that before you can depict a country in ruins governed by an all-knowing,
all-controlling totalitarian régime, it must first be ruined.
But, here’s a new twist on that hypothesis.
cinematic spitball aimed at President George H.W. Bush, Wag the Dog,
about a phony war concocted by – don’t be too surprised – a Hollywood producer
to distract attention away from a fictive president’s sex scandal just before
an election. The ruse succeeds, and the (presumably Republican)
president is reelected. The ruse is so successful that its creator is bursting
with frustrated pride and wants to tell the world about it. He is warned not
to. He insists. Consequently, he has a heart attack at poolside and dies, an
unfortunate “tragedy” arranged for him by a fellow spin-doctor
working for the government.
reality has had a habit of emulating fiction, even Hollywood’s leftist digital
and celluloid fiction. Today we have, in the geyser of revelations about what
happened in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012, just the reverse of
what transpired in the movie. There is a real war, a president and former Secretary
of State are embroiled in a scandal, and there have been real deaths, and not
so much a covered-up sex scandal as a set of lies and fabrications intended to
distract Americans’ attention from the criminal behavior and statements of the
administration just before an election, in this instance, the 2012 election.
Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and advisor and
fiction writer Ben
Rhodes apparently failed to wag this particular dog convincingly enough to
stop the truth from coming out, although it wasn’t for lack of trying by the
stooges and cheerleaders in the MSM and by Obama’s geekish press secretary, Jay
Carney. In fact, a whole kennel of dogs is barking outloud about how their owners
mangled their tails in multiple attempts to wag them. These are dogs that date
back to Obama’s first term in office.
is the IRS
scandal over Associated Press phone records being seized by the Department of
Justice to see who was saying, writing, and doing what, and when, and the IRS
scandal over that beloved “service” targeting the Tea Party and
other organizations for special attention, all with the implied sanction of an
to weaken their opposition
to Obama’s reelection.
is “Fast and Furious,” Attorney General Eric Holder’s pack of rabid
pit bulls concocted to implicate private gun owners and sellers in the Mexican
drug cartel’s depredations with the aim of imposing gun controls on the country to reduce
are the Solyndra-class, fascist subsidies to companies that ultimately failed
and continue to cost taxpayers.
was TARP and the whole subprime mortgage meltdown that cost billions and
billions of taxpayer dollars. There were the car industry bailouts that
continue to cost billions. There is Obama’s opposition to any energy plan that
would make the country independent of the whims and political influence of OPEC
and especially of Mideast oil potentates.
is Obama’s endorsement of the so-called “Arab Spring,” which was heralded
as a chance to bring “democracy” to Egypt and Tunisia and Libya, but
which has resulted in the establishment of one of this country’s most determined
and deadly enemies, the Muslim Brotherhood, not to mention the murderous
turmoil in Syria.
is the astronomical debt rung up by the Obama administration for which we might
need to coin a new term that would describe it.
is Obamacare, a dictatorial “health insurance” scam that forces all Americans
to participate in, and whose true costs are now beginning to reveal themselves.
is terrorism itself, and Obama ordering the destruction or redacting of all government
training materials that would identify our enemy, Islam, reducing our law
enforcement agencies to a blinded, bumbling Mr. Magoo.
it’s Ben Rhodes who is the focus of attention here. I focus on him because, as
a novelist, I wish to redeem the good name of novelists who produce fiction. I cannot
speak for other novelists, but I can distinguish between writing fiction for a
reading public and concocting lies to be consumed by the same public. Rhodes is billed
as Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic
Communications and Speechwriting, overseeing President Obama’s national
security communications, speechwriting, and global engagement. And, before being
appointed to that post, was Deputy Director of White House Speechwriting, and
as a Senior Speechwriter for the Obama campaign.
early to project whether or not he will meet Stanley Motss’s fate. Probably not.
More likely he will be thrown under another of Obama’s buses, figuratively
speaking, in the guise of a tearful resignation. He is, after all, an important
“advisor,” and he advised Obama, not too well, and wrongly, at that. His
hand was in the talking points cookie jar, and the jar was fabricated by his
fellow staff spin-doctors.
“talking points” issue over what to say and what not to say about what
happened in Benghazi, why the consulate was attacked, by whom, and who knew it
and when. By “who knew it,” I mean anyone in the government outside
of Al Qada and the Muslim Brotherhood, two organizations which seem to be formulating
our foreign policy.
off the Benghazi investigation. As the Washington Post reported:
keep playing these political games in Washington,” Obama said, arguing that the
more important work is ensuring that U.S. diplomats are adequately protected.
“We dishonor them when we turn things like this into a political circus.”
of former would-be speech censor and Obama staffer Cass Sunstein. Having resigned
from the first Obama term because of an “off-the-record” remark she
made about Hillary Clinton, she is back in the administration and heads the
Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights as Senior Director of
Multilateral Affairs on the Staff of the National Security Council. She is a
Pulitzer Prize winning author and is closely entrenched in Harvard University’s
matter” Clinton that forced her to resign? It is precious, and it is correct.
record — she is stooping to anything,’ Ms. Power said, hastily trying to
withdraw her remark.”
presidential nomination rival, which Gilson says came after the
“monster” comment and which Power did not attempt to place off the
record. Power said of Clinton, “You just look at her and think, ‘Ergh’ . .
. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive.”
Rhodes, however, got a master’s degree in fiction-writing at New York
University. The only fiction he is known to have written is some of Obama’s
speeches. A puff-piece in the Collegiate
School’s blogsite quotes him:
Rhodes said. “But I was definitely politically engaged [in school], and I don’t
think it would surprise anyone I went to high school with that I ended up doing
something in politics.” [Syntax, sic]
writing fiction for the President ever since 2007, and for former Virginia governor
and now Senator Mark Warner, and for Representative Lee Hamilton of Indiana.
the “talking points” new and old, and how the administration was
concerned about their credibility, The Weekly
Standard, in Stephen Hayes’ May 13th article, “The
Benghazi Talking Points: And how they were changed to obscure the truth,” reported
those concerns, CIA officials cut all references to Ansar al Sharia and made
minor tweaks. But in a follow-up email at 9:24 p.m., [State Department spokesman
Victoria] Nuland wrote that the problem remained and that her superiors—she did
not say which ones—were unhappy. The changes, she wrote, did not “resolve all
my issues or those of my building leadership,” and State Department leadership
was contacting National Security Council officials directly. Moments later,
according to the House report, “White House officials responded by stating that
the State Department’s concerns would have to be taken into account.” One
official—Ben Rhodes, The Weekly Standard is told, a top adviser to
President Obama on national security and foreign policy—further advised the
group that the issues would be resolved in a meeting of top administration officials
the following morning at the White House.
resolution of conflicts and plots in a work of fiction. That skill, presumably
(but doubtfully) acquired for his master’s degree in fiction-writing at NYU,
did not come into play here. He meant reaching a credible lie in the work of
fiction that is Obama’s ongoing work-in-progress.
postures to preserve the alleged credibility of Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Nuland, and Ben Rhodes all cried havoc, but let slip the dogs of war – on their
own houses. For once.