Bad Lies

We increasingly debate whether our leaders are incompetent or lying. Unfortunately, we need not choose. Consider that in March the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, answered questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee in the "least untruthful manner" he could muster (his words). In June, Congressperson Nancy Pelosi described abortion as "sacred ground" to a Catholic. And finally, the attributions of the IRS scandal to low-level employees in Cincinnati and of American deaths in Benghazi to a film shared a disturbingly similar flimsiness and lack of effort. National Review's Charles Cooke struggled with Clapper: Either Clapper was lying -- responding in what he described disastrously to Andrea Mitchell on Sunday as the "least untruthful manner" available -- or he is so out of touch and incompetent that he genuinely has no idea what is going on around him. Neither is comforting. With Pelosi, it is often more obvious that incompetence and dishonesty are not mutually...(Read Full Article)