Unsurprisingly, this is the same White House official who wrote Susan Rice’s infamous Benghazi talking points blaming the attack on a YouTube video.
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, who wrote Susan Rice’s bad Benghazi talking points, defended her bad talking points on U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
When asked if Rice was right to say Bergdahl had “served with honor,” in light of military reports that Bergdahl deserted, Rhodes defended the “pomp and circumstance” characterizing the announcement that Bergdahl had been freed from captivity in exchange for five Taliban leaders. He said that the joy at returning him to his family superseded the military reports that he deserted his unit and voluntarily sought out the Taliban.
“I think everybody should feel that parents who have been away from their son for nearly five years — knowing that he was in harm’s way, knowing that he was in captivity from the Taliban — that it is a joyful thing that those parents are going to be reunited with their son,” Rhodes replied when asked about the Rose Garden announcement and Rice’s comment. “And I think the president was very clear that it was the right thing to do, again, to share in the joy that those parents felt that they were going to be reunited with Sergeant Bergdahl. So I think he’s addressed that.”