Skip to comments.Ben Rhodes (Know your enemy)
Posted on 04/09/2010 5:31:19 PM PDT by Thebaddog
Why He Matters
That combination of grand rhetoric and incisive policy solutions is a hallmark of speeches Rhodes drafts for Obama. As Obamas foreign policy writer in the White House, Rhodes helps craft the campaigns message on hot-button topics like the Iraq war, military intervention in Pakistan and whether to sit down with rogue foreign leaders without precondition.
The 30-something Rhodes, who contributed to the Iraq Study Group and the 9/11 Commission reports, helped guide the direction of the 2008 presidential campaigns Middle East policy.
Since joining the administration, Rhodes has crafted several key and delicate foreign policy speeches, including the president's December 2009 address sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, Obama's acceptance of the Nobel prize in Oslo and the president's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo. (2) In September 2009, he formally joined the National Security Council as a deputy adviser to James L. Jones.
Path to Power
After college in Texas, Rhodes returned to the Big Apple to join the 1997 reelection campaign of New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), where he did opposition research on rival Ruth Messigner (D).
He then attended New York University seeking an MFA in creative writing, penning an unfinished novel called "Oasis of Love," in which "a woman breaks the guy's heart because she becomes a member of a megachurch."(2)
Motivated, Rhodes moved to Washington in June 2002 to take a job as an assistant to former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.), then president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Rhodes worked closely with Hamilton on several projects, including co-authoring the book Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission.
Rhodes also helped draft policy recommendations for the 9/11 Commission and wrote large chunks of the Iraq Study Group report.(3) He briefly composed policy speeches for former Democratic Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, who called him one of the real rising talents on the policy message side.(1)
Why is Lee Hamilton in the middle of this mess of lunacy?
Ben Rhodes is a pretty sucky speach writer. I wouldn’t want to take credit for any of them.
I bet his novel is going to be another preachy mess.
Rhodes also helped draft policy recommendations for the 9/11 Commission and wrote large chunks of the Iraq Study Group report.
Ah...the beg and surrender report that Bush rejected...
The report contains many recommendations concerning the continued usage of military forces to achieve the goals of the United States. Only five pages of the report address U.S. troop levels, however: “More than 30 pages of the report consist of biographies of commission members and lists of people they interviewed; we counted just five pages devoted to the matter of U.S. troop levels in Iraq. . . .”
Increasing those levels was not considered in depth as it was not considered a viable option.
Panel members say they were not given a mandate to consider increasing the number of American troops in Iraq because their military briefers dismissed out of hand the premise that it was possible to increase the number of American troops in Iraq, on grounds that not enough were available. The report recommends instead envisaging the removal of all U.S. troops from Iraq by 2008.
Consistanly wrong...DEAD wrong...
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