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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 May 5, 2011 / 1 Iyar, 5771

White House's dithering and confusion should send clear message

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The White House has botched the rollout of the greatest success of Barack Obama's presidency.

The screwups began last Sunday when we learned U.S. Navy SEALs had killed Osama bin Laden in his million dollar "hideout" in the resort town of Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The White House asked the networks for time at 10:30 p.m. EDT. But it was more than an hour later before Mr. Obama spoke. By then the news had leaked out, and many people had gone to bed.

We're told the delay was because the president was still working on his remarks. If so, it wasn't worth it.

"The first part of the announcement, evoking 9/11, was vulgarly overwritten," said Washington Post film critic Stephen Hunter. "The adjective bloated compote was unworthy of the subject, banal and self indulgent."

The awkwardness of the delivery of the news was little noticed in our euphoria over the substance of it. But subsequent White House screwups are fraught with consequences.

The president's counterterrorism adviser told reporters Monday bin Laden, gun in hand, was killed while trying to use his wife as a human shield. On Tuesday, the White House backtracked on everything John Brennan had said the day before. Bin Laden wasn't armed. He didn't try to use his wife as a human shield.

Mr. Brennan may merely have been confused about the details. But shouldn't the counterterrorism advisor know those details?

Bin Laden was buried at sea within 24 hours as Muslim tradition requires. Some conservatives have groused about this. Their sniping is misplaced. Feeding bin Laden to the fishes keeps his grave site from

becoming a shrine. And there was no point in gratuitously offending some Muslims by delaying his burial. But the quick disposal of the body made it imperative for the administration to promptly make public proof bin Laden is dead.

But the White House dithered about releasing photos of bin Laden's corpse, allegedly because they're "gruesome." Most Americans would enjoy seeing a body recognizable as bin Laden with half his head blown off. And such a photo would send a message to our enemies.

The dithering and confusion in the White House this week is reminiscent more of the dithering and confusion over Libya than of the bold, decisive president who ordered the risky hit on Osama bin Laden. And that president succeeded only by ignoring the views of candidate Obama in 2008.

When the president sent SEAL Team Six rather than the FBI, he opted for a military solution. Candidate Obama said terrorism was primarily a law enforcement problem.

The SEALs, apparently, had orders to kill bin Laden. Candidate Obama opposed targeted assassinations.

The U.S. acted unilaterally. Putative ally Pakistan wasn't informed. Candidate Obama condemned unilateral military actions.

Vital clues to bin Laden's whereabouts came from al Qaida bigwigs interrogated in secret CIA prisons and at Guantanamo Bay. Two didn't divulge their secrets until they were waterboarded.

Waterboarding is torture, candidate Obama said. He promised to close Gitmo.

The bold risk taker is so different from the passive, tentative, risk averse president we'd seen before that some doubt Mr. Obama played as substantive a role in the bin Laden hit as the White House is claiming.

"I believe that President Obama's hand was forced in this," said "Gregg," a retired Navy SEAL, in a call Tuesday to the Rush Limbaugh program.

Reports he kept the SEALs waiting for 16 hours before giving the green light sound more like the Barack Obama we're familiar with. In the end he said "go," and for that he deserves our praise and thanks. But if and when all the details come out, they're unlikely to be as flattering as the White House claims.

Liberals praise Mr. Obama for doing what they condemned George W. Bush for doing. The motive for their hypocrisy seems nakedly partisan. "I would hate now to be a Republican candidate thinking of running," said ABC's Barbara Walters.

After the liberation of Kuwait, George H.W. Bush's popularity soared to a then record high of 89 percent. Liberal smugness would vanish if they remembered the elder Mr. Bush got just 37 percent of the vote 19 months later, because voters were unhappy with an economy that was in better shape than ours is today.

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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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