Barack Obama, not Donald Trump, made White House staff take lie detector tests: so who’s paranoid now?
Kevin Rafferty surely is aware that the US is not a direct democracy but a constitutional republic: there is a distinct difference (“As Woodward’s book proves, the US is an empire in decline”, September 12).
Let us not forget Richard Nixon was a very significant and strong president whose immense achievements were ignored in the wake of Watergate: the end of the Vietnam war and detente with communist China are but a few.
Of course, incidents like Barack Obama telling the Russians he would have “more flexibility” after his reelection, Bill Clinton receiving US$500,000 for a speech in Moscow, and the donation of millions to The Clinton Foundation – possibly in anticipation of Hillary becoming president – are conveniently forgotten, even as there are repeated cries for Donald Trump’s impeachment and calls to make life miserable for Trump’s cabinet and their families.
Watch: Obama tells Medvedev he will have more “flexibility” after re-election
Rafferty refers to the paranoia within the Trump White House and mentions that the idea of lie detector tests was mooted by Trump, the “liar-in-chief”! Rafferty should know Obama actually did subject his staff to lie-detector tests to counter the threat of leaks, creating a deeply paranoid working environment.
G. Bailey, Ta Kwu Ling