The Thursday wrap
A new book by Fred Burton and Samuel Katz — “Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi” — says the State Department, Pentagon and the FBI were informed that the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, indeed was a terrorist attack just minutes after it commenced. U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed. Yet the Obama administration long has claimed the Sgt. Hans Shultz defense of “We know nottttthhhhhhing!” It's been obvious for quite some time that the administration lied. But will it ever tell the truth? ... More than a few pundits are calling more than a few Republicans “isolationists” for being wary of attacking Syria for its alleged chemical weapon attack on its own people. One, Bret Stephens of The Wall Street Journal, argues that “isolationism has never served the interests of America or the GOP.” That's true. But neither can reckless forays into civil wars, forays for which we can't feign surprise when those we shoot at shoot back. ... Penn National Gaming says it will collect $50 million in tax breaks for Lawrence County for a new horse track and gambling facility in New Castle, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. Penn National honcho Steven Snyder says county officials are “committed to monetize a significant portion of the local share tax that they are going to receive to make sure this facility gets done.” Sorry folks, but taxpayers have no business bankrolling casinos.