In this issue

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 June 9, 2014 / 11 Sivan, 5774

Is Bergdahl bigger than Benghazi?

By Jack Kelly

JewishWorldReview.com | When Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, 23, walked away from his guard post in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan June 30, 2009, he left behind his rifle, helmet, flak jacket — and a note saying he’d become disillusioned with the Army.

“I am ashamed to be an American,” he wrote in an email. “The horror that is America is disgusting.”

Afghans in Yahya Khel, a village two miles away, said now-Sgt. Bergdahl headed straight for Taliban strongholds or, by some accounts, that he asked their help in contacting the Taliban. Attacks on U.S. forces in Paktika province “seemed to increase in frequency and effectiveness” after Sgt. Bergdahl disappeared, reported Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard.

“The ambushes we use, the certain tactics we use, the Taliban was picking up on those things,” Josh Fuller, who served in Sgt. Bergdahl’s platoon, told Fox News. “You could tell it was from somebody on the inside that had that info.”

The London Sunday Times reported in 2010 that a Taliban deputy district commander in Paktika province said that Sgt. Bergdahl taught him how to turn a mobile phone into a remote control for a roadside bomb.

Many in the intelligence community think Sgt. Bergdahl was an “active collaborator,” reported James Rosen of Fox News.

The swap of Sgt. Bergdahl (he was promoted while in captivity) for five senior Taliban commanders looked bad enough back when National Security Adviser Susan Rice claimed he’d served with distinction and been captured on the battlefield.

Mad Magazine’s parody poster for a movie about “Trading Private Bergdahl” summarizes how most Americans feel about the deal now: “They got five Taliban leaders, we got one deserting weasel.”

The White House had expected “near euphoria” to break out when the deal was announced, said Chuck Todd of NBC News.

It did. This was a “great victory,” said Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The Taliban thinks release of just one of the terrorist leaders “is worth 12,000 fighters,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, said he was told by a source in Pakistan.

The swap produced rage among some soldiers who served with Sgt. Bergdahl in the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment.

“His disappearance translated into daily search missions across the entire Afghanistan theater of operations, particularly ours,” said Nathan Bethea, then a lieutenant. Multiple platoons “would be out for at least 24 hours. I know of some who were on mission for 10 days at a stretch.”

Lt. Darryn Andrews, 34, and Pfc. Michael Martinek, 20, were among at least six soldiers killed during such missions. For saving the lives of three of his troops during an ambush on Sep. 4, 2009, Lt. Andrews was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.

Andrews’ parents, Andy and Sondra, said they were told by the Pentagon that their son was hunting a top Taliban commander, but his unit apparently was searching for Sgt. Bergdahl.

Sgt. Bergdahl should be tried for desertion, says a petition circulated by a former squad leader.

“What military people fear is a whitewash that will let him walk with an honorable discharge and full benefits,” said retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters. “That would be an insult to every person who’s ever served honorably in uniform.”

Andy Andrews said soldiers with his son the day he died were ordered to sign non-disclosure agreements. So were many others.

“[The government] lied to us,” Mr. Andrews told the London Daily Mail. “It’s a big cover-up like Benghazi.”

Either Team Obama didn’t know the truth about Sgt. Bergdahl, which would make them grossly negligent, or they did, which would be worse. It’s the VA scandal on steroids.

The swap was timed to knock the VA off the front page, some suspect. The strong disapproval for how the president has handled the VA scandal expressed in a Washington Post poll Tuesday indicates why the White House would be desperate to do this. But it wasn’t smart to divert attention by embroiling the administration in potentially a bigger scandal.

The outpouring of rage from soldiers and their relatives torpedoed Team Obama’s plans to dismiss criticism as partisan sniping by ankle-biting Republicans.

“Meet my husband, injuries directly brought to you by the actions of this traitor,” said Shannon Allen, wife of Master Sgt. Mark Allen, on her Facebook page.

Does the president realize how badly he’s screwed up? If he claims he learned about the prisoner swap from reading the newspaper, we’ll know for sure.


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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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