- - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Jeffrey H. Birnbaum overlooks two major points in citing the cascade of events pointing to not just ineptitude, but to lack of honor by the current president (“Ruing the Benghazi ruse,” Web, May 5). The first is the now-indisputable fact that President Obama lied about Americans being able to keep their doctors and health plans under Obamacare. Why? To take federal control of formerly free-enterprise U.S. health care, of course. While a demonstrated propensity to lie isn’t objective proof, public opinion doesn’t follow formal rules of evidence.

Second, who recalls the left’s chant of “Bush lied” over the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in the early 2000s? By that precedent of outcome over intent — that is, telling not only our citizens, but the entire world that a “video” and “out-of-control demonstrations” caused the deaths in Benghazi — the administration’s explanations for the killings were a lie.

There is clear evidence Mr. Obama knew the Internet video in question had nothing to do with the killings even as he, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told us later that same week that the video was the cause.

Bill Clinton faced impeachment over a lie that pales in comparison.

BILL MILLS

Sterling, Va.