He's been advising the fanatical and deceived, putting ideas in their heads that they truly believe are their own, for quite some time. Centuries, really. He advised Marx, Hitler, Stalin, and every other monster who has tried to lead mankind down the path to hell. And he likewise advises all the folks who follow such monsters, or who lacking a monster to follow, follow the ideas. In our times, he advises folks like Bin Laden, who has inherited the mantle, as Bush pointed out after 9/11 when he spoke of terrorism and Muslim extremism as following on the heels of fascism and communism. He also advises many much closer to home, on our own soil.
This fellow has always been around, since before even mankind, and millions today still respond when they hear his voice, even if they aren't even aware of it themselves. And they go forth to carry out his plans and do his will. When they fail, and they always eventually do, he simply conscripts some other useful idiots, for there are always many, many to choose from.
This fellow is not of the flesh. I trust I don't need to actually identify him by name.
laz, you mean Dan Rather?