Neither Republicans nor Democrats have a monopoly on lying.

As president, Biden has already promoted a few falsehoods. Trump obviously told more than a few whoppers. And, of course, we can trace presidential lying back to Obama, Bush, Clinton, and much earlier in our nation's history.

Who tells more lies? The arithmetic doesn't really matter. One big consequential lie may outweigh in importance ten small lies. We should not assume that our president, of either party, is immune to lying, not when his political fate, his party's majority status, or the future of the country is at stake.

Did Biden's military advisors recommend to him that we leave a couple thousand American soldiers in Afghanistan? It's in Biden's political interest to say that he did NOT ignore the advice of the professional warriors on our government's payroll. "Follow the science, " this administration’s mantra regarding COVID, can be extended, in foreign and military policy, to "follow the experts." Or, if the experts' advice is rejected, explain why it was rejected. That's quite different from saying what Biden said in response to Stephanopoulos’s question:

“So no one told – your military advisers did not tell you, ‘No, we should just keep 2,500 troops'?”

“No,” Biden replied. “No one said that to me that I can recall.”

If they told him and he honestly doesn’t remember that, then he’s not lying. But in that case, he’s too old and forgetful to be president: “I forgot that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told me to leave troops in Afghanistan. Otherwise I would not have pulled them all out.” Really? “I forgot” regarding such a serious matter is clearly an unacceptable excuse for presidential misfeasance.

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