In remarks to a liberal group last January obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, Rhodes said: "Bottom line is, this is the best opportunity we've had to resolve the Iranian issue diplomatically, certainly since President Obama came to office, and probably since the beginning of the Iraq war. ... This is probably the biggest thing President Obama will do in his second term on foreign policy. This is health care for us, just to put it in context."
"We will grow a coalition of nations to take different actions," said Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. "Some nations will take strikes in Syria; some nations will take strikes in Iraq. Some nations will participate in training and equipping of Iraqis, training and equipping of Syrians. Some nations will help us in counter financing, stopping the flow of foreign fighters."