Robert Knight

Security analyst Kenneth R. Timmerman, who is writing a book about Benghazi, noted in a Jan. 3 Washington Times column that “the CIA station chief in Tripoli and the chief of base in Benghazi were regularly briefing their bosses in Langley as well as U.S. diplomats in Libya on the al-Qaeda presence and specifically on Ansar al-Shariah,” the group that initially claimed credit for the attack.

According to the New York Times article, some in the mob that joined the attack allegedly said they were there because of the “Innocence of Muslims” video on YouTube that had triggered an attack earlier that day on the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt. So what?

According to Fox News, people who were in Libya that awful day and night hotly dismiss the Times’ scenario and its re-emphasis of the video. “It was a coordinated attack. It is completely false to say anything else. … It is completely a lie,” one witness told Fox News.

Could it be that the Times is blowing smoke over Benghazi so that future presidential candidate Hillary Clinton can later claim that it was all just too confusing to sort out?

In terms of lies, the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act may be in a class by itself in the Hall of Shame. Americans were promised a “transparent” legislative process and instead got one-party, closed-door sessions. We got a massive new tax law that originated, unconstitutionally, in the Senate instead of the House. Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) took a House bill, gutted it, changed its name, and stuffed it with 2,700 pages of Obamacare.

President Obama told Americans point blank that the legislation did not constitute a new tax. But when the law came before the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts agreed with Mr. Obama’s attorneys and upheld Obamacare as ... a new tax.

The whopper of them all, as agreed upon by even liberal media, was Mr. Obama’s claim made over and over that people can keep their health insurance under Obamacare.

In his weekly address on June 6, 2009, he offered three lies at once: "If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too. The only change you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold."

Some lies take years to expose, and often require repeated doses of the truth to make an impression. That may yet be the case with Benghazi.

With Obamacare, millions are “getting it” immediately upon receiving their pink slips, insurance premium hikes or the news that their doctor is no longer their doctor.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.