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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 20, 2013/ 10 Adar 5773

Barak of Benghazi: Still in search of answers?

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The test of a president is how he or she responds when an aide shakes him or her awake at 3:00 a.m. with news of a crisis, Hillary Clinton said during the 2008 Democratic primaries.

President Barack Obama got his "3:00 a.m. phone call" a little after 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2012, when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told him the consulate in Benghazi was under attack. The attack had begun about 90 minutes earlier. Fighting would continue for nearly six hours more, until former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed by a mortar round.

Mr. Obama left it "up to them" to decide whether to respond, Secretary Panetta told the Senate Intelligence Committee Feb 7.

After that pre-scheduled meeting in the Oval Office, they had no further contact with the president that night, Mr. Panetta said.

The defense secretary's testimony contradicted the claim President Obama made in October that he had issued "three very clear directives" as soon as he learned "what was going on" in Benghazi.

The president made no phone calls to the Pentagon, the CIA or the State Department requesting updates or giving orders, the White House confirmed in a letter to Congress.

The Counterterrorism Security Group, the "one group that's supposed to know what resources every agency has," was not convened, CBS News reported.

Their claim the president called the Libyan government the night of Sept. 11 also was false, the White House acknowledged.

This would explain why the White House refused requests from the news media for photos of Mr. Obama meeting with senior officials in the Situation Room. No such meeting took place.

During the time the president wasn't communicating with the Pentagon, the State Department and the CIA, Ambassador Chris Stevens was reported missing. Where was Mr. Obama? What was he doing? The White House won't say.

The former SEALs repeatedly requested military assistance, reported Fox News. But no rescue effort was attempted, because the closest Marine FAST (Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security) team was in Rota, Spain, too far away, the defense secretary told the Senate Intelligence Committee.

A 747 can fly from Rota to Benghazi in about three hours. The firefight lasted for nearly eight. Why had no provision been made for a faster response to a crisis in Libya, where there had been so many terror threats? Military aid could have been provided, said retired Admiral James "Ace" Lyons, former commander of the Pacific Fleet, and retired LtGen. Jerry Boykin, an original member of Delta Force, the Army's elite anti-terror unit.

The FAST team would have had to fly first to the naval base at Sigonella, Sicily, Mr. Panetta said, but didn't explain why. A Marine Force Reconnaissance company is stationed there, just 469 miles from Benghazi. Why couldn't it have been sent? Mr. Panetta didn't say.

These join a host of other unanswered questions. Why was security so lax? Why were Ambassador Stevens' pleas ignored? What was going on at the consulate? Were CIA secrets compromised when it was sacked?

Where the administration hasn't stonewalled, it's attempted to deceive. They knew at the time of their Oval Office meeting this was a terrorist attack, Secretary Panetta and Gen. Dempsey testified.

Presumably, they told the president this. So why did he and senior aides claim for a week afterwards it was a "spontaneous" protest of a Youtube video lampooning the Prophet Muhammad?

On NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, host David Gregory professed to be puzzled by what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, meant when he spoke of a "massive coverup."

"Shouldn't people be held accountable for the fact that four Americans died?" Sen. McCain exploded.

Apparently not, if the president is Barack Obama. The MSM devoted more attention to the swig of water Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, took during his response to the State of the Union address than to the revelations of Secretary Panetta and Gen. Dempsey. You rarely get answers to questions you don't ask.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan talked about "defining deviancy down." Journalists today define competence down.

"In a crisis, the president went AWOL," summed up former GOP White House aides Bill Kristol and Peter Wehner. Had any of his predecessors behaved as he did on 9/11/2012, most Americans would have been outraged. But for the MSM, Barack Obama is Chauncey Gardiner.

They give him credit just for showing up -- even when he doesn't.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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