Obama's 'foreign-policy guru' Ben Rhodes, turns out to be a lying sociopath

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Ben Rhodes, the deputy US national security adviser, during the Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, D.C., on September 30.

President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, gave a surprisingly blunt and honest interview to The New York Times Magazineabout how the administration has sought to shape its foreign policy and sell it to the general public.

The interview - published Thursday with the headline "The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign-Policy Guru" - received widespread attention for its unusually honest tone and Rhodes' willingness to share details about the meticulous foreign-policy narrative he has helped Obama construct.

There are some fascinating revelations, many of which revolve around Obama's nuclear deal with Iran:

Others provided a glimpse into the administration's perception of political "experts" and the press:

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From left, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Rhodes, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice boarding the Marine One helicopter to depart with President Barack Obama for Camp David from the South Lawn of the White House on May 14.

In his piece, Samuels interviewed multiple administration officials - most did not give their names, except for Panetta and Valerie Jarrett - about what they think has shaped Obama's worldview and, as Samuels put it, the evolution of his ability "to get comfortable with tragedy."

The answer is summed up best by one anonymous official: "Clearly the world has disappointed him."