- - Thursday, July 3, 2014

Men cannot live with one another without confidence they can trust one another. This is doubly true when one is the leader of our nation. President Obama and his administration have waited almost two years for verification of what was obvious to anyone who had served in the U.S. armed forces: when mortars and rocket-propelled grenades were employed, it was not a rebellious mob irritated by an anti-Muslim video that launched the murderous Benghazi attacks, but a planned action threatened in the days before.

The president should be aware that a lie contains the seed of discord. Lying is destructive of society, it undermines trust among people and tears apart the social fabric. The use of the media compounded the damage, topped off by an address to the rest of the world at the United Nations.

Nothing can justify recourse to disinformation in order to manipulate public opinion, taking time and enlisting multiple people in the crime. I hate to be lied to, and the American people deserve much better. The administration’s offense is criminal, and Mr. Obama should be impeached.

PHILIP A. STUDER

Silver Spring