Obama adviser ripped for defense of Iran in attacks

Sunday, June 16, 2019
Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Ben Rhodes with ObamaFormer President Barack Obama’s top advisor Ben Rhodes was blasted Friday by Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) for coming to Iran’s defense and downplaying its involvement in the two oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly blamed the Islamic Republic for the aggression.

Contradicting the ex-Obama administration official’s contention that the Trump administration is being too hard on Iran and not giving it the benefit of the doubt by dangerously jumping to conclusions, Pompeo declared that his assessment of the “blatant assault’ most likely orchestrated and/or carried out by the Islamic Republic was based on facts.

"It is the assessment by the United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today," Pompeo announced at the State Department Thursday, according to CNN. "This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication."

First the Iran deal, now this?

Rhodes’ eagerness to jump on Iran’s side was explained when the conservative media publicized his remarks on Pompeo pointing the finger at Iran.

“In response, Rhodes – one of former President Barack Obama's most trusted advisers, who also architected the failed Iran nuclear deal – downplayed the significance of Pompeo's announcement,” TheBlaze reported.

The pro-Iran, pro-Palestinian Democrat took to Twitter to launch his latest defense of Islamic terrorist-run regimes – once again signifying his and the Obama administration’s fear of Iran, as Democratic officials have bowed down and catered to its militant jihadist leaders for years.

"This definitely feels like the kind of incident where you'd want an international investigation to establish what happened," Rhodes tweeted Friday. "Huge risk of escalation."

Crenshaw – a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer – was quick to tear into Rhodes for his politically correct response to Pompeo.

“So, do or don’t believe the Intel community? And you’re not really a trusted source to weigh in on Iran,” Crenshaw tweeted to Rhodes Friday. “You sold the public the falsehood of a moderating Iranian regime – using your media ‘echo chamber’ (your words) – & ignoring the true danger Iran presents in the region.”

And the rookie Republican representative was not done.

“I’ve been watching for years as Iran moves weapons to proxies around the region, looking for opportunities to destabilize & wreak havoc, and then claim innocence,” Crenshaw continued. “This is not new. And the Administration is right to strengthen our regional presence as a deterrence.”

It was extrapolated how Rhodes, Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry were able to sell the world on living with a “peaceful” Iran.

“Crenshaw refers to Rhodes’ now-infamous comments that the administration’s foreign policy team built an ‘echo chamber’ of experts to help sell the controversial Iran nuclear deal,” Fox News noted.

Back in 2016, Rhodes was questioned about arms-control experts showing up at think tanks who were used as sources for hundreds of reporters.

“We created an echo chamber,” Rhodes admitted to the New York Times Magazine during Obama’s last full year as president – an echo chamber or journalists who the publication referred to as “clueless.” “They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.”

Corroborating the evidence

Pompeo’s allegations against Iran were presented as being anything but farfetched.

“He charged that Iran was working to disrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz and this is a deliberate part of a campaign to escalate tension, adding that the U.S. would defend its forces and interests in the region, although he did not elaborate,” Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis recounted.

In addition, Iran was caught red-handed trying to remove its undetonated mine stuck to the side one of the tankers’ hulls.

“U.S. officials released a video Friday supposedly showing Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the vessels,” Mikelionis added. “The black-and-white footage, as well as still photos released by the U.S. military’s Central Command on Friday, appeared to show the limpet mine on the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, before a Revolutionary Guard patrol boat pulled alongside the ship and removed the mine, Central Command spokesman Capt. Bill Urban said.”

Adding insult to injury to Democrats’ pro-Iran narrative, Iran was also caught on video trying to destroy more evidence against it.

“Iran fired a missile – but missed – at an American drone on Thursday after the supposed Iranian attack on oil tankers, while another U.S. drone was shot down by Iran-backed rebels in Yemen in recent days,” Fox News divulged in a separate report Saturday. “A senior U.S. official told Fox News that an MQ9 Reaper drone was fired on by the Iranians on Thursday shortly after it arrived at the scene where the MV Altair tanker sent out a distress signal amid the attacks the U.S. says were perpetrated by Iran.”

President Donald Trump contrasted Obama’s eight years of cowering to Iran by telling letting officials of the terrorist-harboring nation – that frequently dubs America as “Great Satan” and its ally Israel “Little Satan” – that he is not fooled by their mischief in the gulf.

“[The attack had] Iran written all over it,” Trump told Fox and Friends Friday morning.

He pointed to the same proof recorded on video that millions of television viewers and Internet users saw to stake his claim and support his assessment.

“Iran did do it and you know they did it because you saw the boat,” Trump argued before pointing to the video showing Iranians on small boat removing the unexploded mine from the tanker. “They're a nation of terror and they've changed a lot since I've been president, I can tell you.”

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