This was another simple lie. Not a distortion, a lie. But, as we know, the McCain-Palin campaign tells massive lies and when called on them, first tr[ies] a dodge, rather than the truth.
When you cut through the bushwah, you learn that she visited Kuwait. It is close to Iraq, so we suppose the campaign gets credit for a better grasp of geography than most Americans. But still. (In all fairness, she visited a border crossing, so she may have reached a foot over from time to time. But she was nowhere near a "battle zone.") All of this reminds us of Sen. Clinton's infamous tale of landing under fire in Bosnia -- and yet the same people who lashed out at Clinton are letting Palin slide.
They also say Palin has been to Ireland, which she has -- for a refueling stop. She never left the plane.
These lies are not merely innocent misstatements of fact; they are, day after day, amounting to a deliberate strategy of deceit. And let's be clear: the popular the saying about all being fair in love and war is not true. In both love and war, honesty matters; that is why spies, for example, are treated more harshly than uniformed POWs. by the same token, despite the cynical acknowledgment that all politicians have a tortured relationship with facts, outright falsehoods (as opposed to dubious interpretations, figures of speech, or honest mistakes) are -- or should be -- punished with particular force by popular opinion up to and including the election booth.
For Christians, lying is an especially heinous thing. Lies about somebody else -- "false witness against thy neighbor" -- are expressly forbidden by the Ten Commandments. Somebody ought to remind the McCain campaign that this is true even when thy neighbor is Sen. Obama. But other lies are also a serious moral problem, both because they damage the fabric of trust upon which all human society is built, and also -- primarily -- because, God being Truth itself, they damage the image of God within the liar.