On Tuesday, Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications under President Barack Obama, who infamously lied about the Iran Nuclear Deal in order to manipulate the media into supporting it, opened his yapping jaw again, this time to attack President Trump for not speaking out about the purported attempted assassination by Russia of a former Russian spy and his daughter in London.
So just where does Rhodes get off, since his boss was utterly silent about alleged assassinations executed by Russia during his administration?
In July 2013, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, deputy editor of the Novoe Del,o was killed, after a previous assassination attempt in January 2013. In August 2014, journalist and human rights activist Timur Kuashev was abducted from his home and later found dead in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria.
In 2016, The New York Times reported, “A Dutch-led investigation has concluded that the powerful surface-to-air missile system used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine two years ago, killing all 298 on board, was trucked in from Russia at the request of Russian-backed separatists and returned to Russia the same night. The report largely confirmed the Russian government’s already widely documented role not only in the deployment of the missile system — called a Buk, or SA-11 — but also in the subsequent cover-up, which continues to this day.”
A 19-year-old American college student, Quinn Lucas Schansman, was on board.
From Obama? Nada.
Not to mention Obama’s pusillanimous attitude toward Russia in general; as Jonah Goldberg wrote in National Review:
Barack Obama sold out our Eastern European allies on missile defense. He slow-walked aid to Ukraine and did little more than shrug when Crimea was annexed. He said “never mind” on his own “red line” in Syria and turned a blind eye to Putin’s intervention there, in large part because of his obsessions with getting the Iran deal. The Russian meddling in our elections started on Obama’s watch — and not just our elections but those of many of our allies. When Mitt Romney famously said Russia was our No. 1 geopolitical foe, Obama mocked him for it as did countless liberal journalists who are now converts to anti-Russia hawkery.
But Rhodes cannot help himself; he cannot stop his jaw from flapping wildly.