by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Hardly a day passes anymore that President Joe Biden or members of his administration do not stand before the American people and lie through their teeth.
The latest lie to be exposed came Tuesday, when Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he advised Biden to keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, and that withdrawing them “would lead inevitably to the collapse of the Afghan military forces and eventually, the Afghan government.” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley said he told Biden the same thing.
The generals’ testimony flatly contradicts Biden’s claim in an August 19 interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that none of his military advisors told him to keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, or ever warned him that withdrawing those troops would trigger the collapse of the Afghan military and government. …
… During the Trump administration, the corporate press embraced the idea that Trump was always lying about everything, that he could not string together two sentences without inserting some falsehood or deception. Media coverage of Trump was premised on this assumption, even for serious matters like the development of the COVID-19 vaccines.
But Trump’s dishonesty now seems quaint compared to Biden’s. Under Biden, lies have become so commonplace and casual, they constitute a mode of governance for an administration that has proven to be hopelessly out of its depth on every major issue and profoundly incompetent in the face of every crisis. If the stakes were not so high, the abject lying — and the media’s willingness to go along with it — would be comical.
Often, the lies are obvious, like when Biden said last week that mounted Border Patrol agents in Del Rio, Texas, were “running over” Haitians migrants and “strapping” or whipping them with their reins, a false claim that was repeated over and over by the press and administration officials. …