* People don’t really have a major problem with politicians who lie to them. They only have problems with the consequences of these lies if and when they are perceived to be negative. Meanwhile, lies that reflect the inherent prejudices of the people and whose real negative impact is not immediately and clearly perceivable are hardly noticed, and revelations in this regard are hardly considered newsworthy.
* The real challenge facing a superpower in a hyper-connected world is never about disengagement. Disengagement is an illusion, or a lie told to hide other policy considerations.