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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 May 16, 2011 / 12 Iyar, 5771

Pretending an enemy is a friend

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Mark Siegel is scrambling to keep the dysfunctional couple together, but the shotgun marriage of a decade ago is doomed.

Mr. Siegel parlayed service with President Jimmy Carter and several Democrats in Congress into a partnership at Lord Locke Strategies, the lobbying firm the government of Pakistan pays $75,000 a month.

That's been a bargain for Pakistan, which since 9/11 has received more than $20 billion in U.S. aid. President Obama plans to send them another $3 billion next year.

Pakistan needs the money desperately. But foreign aid for Pakistan has become a harder sell.

"To enable (Osama bin Laden) to live in Pakistan in a military community for six years, I just don't believe it was done without some form of complicity," said Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Cal, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "The relationship makes less and less sense to me."

Sen. Feinstein understates. Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence Agency (ISI) is a terrorist organization, say interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, according to a 2007 document made public by Wikileaks last month. A British intelligence report leaked in 2006 reached the same conclusion.

The ISI created the Taliban in Afghanistan, and planned the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008 in which 166 people -- six of them Americans -- were killed.

The ISI runs Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terror group that attacked Mumbai, Indian intelligence thinks. Does the ISI run al Qaida too?

Every major international terror group is sponsored by a state, because it needs things only a state can provide: sanctuaries in which to rest and train, travel documents, intelligence, weapons and explosives which are not available commercially.

This obvious truth was, well, obvious into the mid-1990s, at which point some "experts" in think tanks declared that private transnational groups -- as al Qaida was said then to be -- were the wave of the future in terrorism.

This nonsense was spouted chiefly to provide President Bill Clinton with an excuse for not confronting the terror supporting states of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Captured documents indicate that long before 9/11, bin Laden had contacts with the ISI, and with Saddam Hussein's intelligence service.

Al Qaida "is a symptom, not a cause," said Ralph Peters, a retired Army intelligence officer who knows Pakistan well. "Without Saudi money and Pakistani protection, al Qaida would be just as relevant as VHS cassettes."

The al Qaida Osama bin Laden created was dead by 2005, said former CIA analyst Larry Johnson. That's about the time bin Laden moved into the mansion in Abbottabad, which has been described as an ISI safe house.

"There is no al Qaida," Mr. Johnson wrote on his blog. "At its height, just prior to the 9/11 attacks, al Qaida had at most 600 adherents, and a majority of those were killed or captured (mostly in Afghanistan and Iraq)."

Nineteen current and former Taliban leaders told him the ISI "orchestrates, sustains and strongly influences" the movement, and sometimes directs attacks on U.S. soldiers, Harvard researcher Matt Waldman said in a report last year. That support for the Taliban is official Pakistani policy "is as clear as the sun in the sky," he said.

Washington ignored the Waldman report. In the wake of the bin Laden revelations, it will be harder to do so. LtCol. Peters thinks Pakistan is America's foremost enemy.

Despite massive evidence of Pakistani duplicity, many in Washington still claim cutting U.S. aid will have dire consequences. Among them are Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass, and Richard Lugar, R-Ind, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

This is partly because of the money Mr. Siegel and others spread around. But it's mostly because there once was a rationale for pretending Pakistan was an ally, and Washington is resistant to change.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the only way to strike at al Qaida in Afghanistan was through Pakistan. Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage made him an offer he couldn't refuse: Grant the U.S. overflight rights and a ground supply route, and we'll give you billions in aid. Refuse, and we'll bomb you back into the Stone Age. (Mr. Armitage denied making threats.)

Circumstances have changed radically since 2001. We have nothing further to gain, and much to lose, by pretending an enemy is a friend.

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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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