11. Ok, you may not actually recover from the part where you may have looked the American public in the eye and lied about the details of your anti-government heroics. This interpretation is now part of the public discussion. If it’s wrong, you must clean it up quickly.
12. We tend to forgive public figures who manipulate the truth to cover up weakness (see Clinton v. Impeachment) and lose our minds at the first hint of exaggerated strength (see Mainstream Media v. Al Gore for President).