February 2017: Russian Jets Buzz US, White House Loses National Security Adviser And Ex-Obama Admin ‘Confidantes’ Apparently Still Micro-Managing Things

Ben Rhodes

Take a breath, but now the world is suddenly looking even more explosive this month.

As the Russians have been accused by the departing Obama Administration of tampering with US elections last year (per the Inquisitr story I did on the last day of 2016), and they are now reported by the UK’s DailyMail to be flying military aircraft over a US Navy destroyer at high speed and making low passes, another story comes from the Free Beacon and writer Adam Kredo regarding the untiring efforts of former Obama Administration officials on a “secret, months-long campaign” meant to “handicap President Donald Trump’s national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House…,”

Former policy guy for President Barack Obama, Ben Rhodes, had his name come up in the news from the Washington Free Beacon. Per the details, there has been an ongoing “behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media,” and the effort is said to include “a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding [President Donald Trump’s National Security guy Mike Flynn’s] credibility, multiple sources revealed.”

The undermining of Trump’s White House, as Kredo’s sources point out in the story quotes, state while Flynn took responsibility on Monday for “missteps” regarding initial contact with Russian officials in his resignation statement, “multiple sources closely involved in the situation pointed to a larger, more secretive campaign aimed at discrediting Flynn and undermining the Trump White House.”

The source is quoted in Kredo’s story is said to be a “veteran national security adviser with close ties to the White House” and goes on with the information.

“It’s undeniable that the campaign to discredit Flynn was well underway before Inauguration Day, with a very troublesome and politicized series of leaks designed to undermine him. This pattern reminds me of the lead up to the Iran deal, and probably features the same cast of characters.”


Mike Flynn seemed to be on some folk’s radars last year, as revealed previously by the Powerline blog.

“Mike Flynn is the other key appointment for purposes of airing Obama’s Iran secrets. [Eli] Lake points out that in 2011 General Flynn ran a team at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that reviewed the troves of material captured in the 2011 Osama bin Laden raid,” the post states.

But it goes on about Flynn.

“Under Obama, only a small fraction of these documents have been declassified and released. After he retired from the military, Flynn charged that the disclosures were selective. ”

Flynn likely seemed very scary to the previous Administration, per this Powerline post.  Furthermore, Flynn is said to have noted that “… some documents captured in the bin Laden raid show a much tighter relationship between Iran and al-Qaeda than previously disclosed.”

Mike Flynn has not been shy about speaking his mind on the Obama Administration’s Iran policy. Powerline cites the words of Flynn in The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies.

Flynn states in that work, per Powerline:

“One letter to bin Laden reveals that al-Qaeda was working on chemical and biological weapons in Iran.”

Previously in 2015, complaints surfaced about the micro-managing efforts of some Obama Administration officials, reported on here.

Obama’s Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, in that previous story, was told that “all three of your Obama Administration predecessors have complained openly about White House aides micromanaging military operations,” by Congressman Mac Thornberry.

And an opinion piece in the Washington Times has mentioned Ben Rhodes last year as well, stating then “Ben Rhodes must account for the lies about the Iranian negotiations.”

Partisanship in D.C. is nothing new, of course, but this is looking very, very bad for everyone.