White House Confident State Department Can Manage Enormous Private Security Contractor Force in Iraq

By: Friday October 21, 2011 3:13 pm

On a conference call with progressive media, White House deputy national security adviser for strategic communication Ben Rhodes stressed that the United States would now commence a “normal” relationship with the Iraqi government, an equal partnership between two sovereign nations. But it’s hard to square that with the reality that the United States will have [...]

Administration Denies that Libya Mission Goes Beyond UN Mandate

By: Tuesday March 29, 2011 12:10 pm

I just got off a call with Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, about the Libyan operation. Rhodes really tried to make the distinction between the allegedly limited military mission of the coalition and an operation with the clear objective of regime change. Rhodes said that the mission is “restricted to [...]