Friday letters: All lies are bad; not all are equal

November 15, 2013 

Obama First President Bush

CAROLYN KASTER — AP

Lies are never a good thing. Lest we forget, despite UN inspectors’ denials, President Bush repeatedly stated that he had proof of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear capabilities and an imminent threat to the United States in his buildup to the Iraq war. Proof is by definition is the ironclad evidence that something exists. Bush’s lies cost the lives of thousands of U.S. soldiers and countless Iraqi civilians.

President Obama’s lies concerning health care and the ability to “keep your current insurance plan” will cost some people financially but also may give others a healthier and perhaps longer life.

All lies are deplorable, but if you have to rate them, which lies are worse?

Alex Vorobok

Columbia

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