US Secretary of State Colin Powell addresses the United Nations Security Council on February 5, 2003. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

The level of hypocrisy and manipulation of facts in American politics today is hard to grasp. Politicians, by definition, have never been considered the best sources of reliable facts or as consistent promoters of a set of core principles. But the level to which this dishonesty has risen over the years, and been demonstrated in the current presidential election cycle, goes way beyond what most of us can remember.

The manipulation of reality is especially prevalent when the topic of terrorism is being discussed. For example, Rudy Giulani, who presided as mayor of NYC during the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history (while George W. Bush was also president of the United States), recently said this, as reported by CNN:

“Under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when (Hillary) Clinton and Obama got into office.”

Rudy Giuliani, Monday, August 15, 2016 in Ohio, where Donald Trump delivered a speech on radical Islamic terrorism.

And the current Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump, is infamous for telling untruths about terrorism, as reported here, by, among others.

But Colin Powell, who, as U.S. Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, has made false statements many believe allowed the war in Iraq to take place. Powell was willing to deceive the world: the United Nations, Americans, and the coalition troops about to be sent to kill and die in Iraq. He’s never been held accountable for his actions, and it’s extremely unlikely he ever will be–a very sad state of affairs, indeed.

So, when Powell recently contributed to the political speculation about Hillary Clinton’s email accounts, all I can ask is: HONESTLY?!