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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 June 23, 2014 / 25 Sivan, 5774

They're hushing up Khattala: He might be able to reveal how Obama ended up arming extremists

By Jack Kelly




JewishWorldReview.com | The Obama administration has been "dishonest" about the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, according to 61 percent of respondents in a CNN/ORC poll released Monday. That's remarkably high, considering how little mainstream media coverage there's been of this scandal.

The next day, the administration announced the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, leader in Benghazi of an Islamist militia affiliated with al-Qaida which claimed credit for the attack.

In the 22 months since Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed, journalists have had little difficulty locating Mr. Khattala. He "spent two leisurely hours on Thursday evening at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio and scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments," wrote David Kirkpatrick of The New York Times in October 2012.

"Ahmed Khattala didn't look like a wanted man, sipping mango juice across the table from me in a Benghazi hotel," said Elizabeth Palmer of CBS News.

CNN's Arwa Damon interviewed Mr. Khattala in the coffee shop of a luxury hotel in Benghazi last July. Anthony Loyd of the Times of London interviewed him "over tea and biscuits" in his home last October. He also gave interviews to the AP, Reuters and Fox News.

Presumably, the CIA could have found Mr. Khattala, too. Why hadn't he been arrested sooner? Why was he scarfed up now?

President Barack Obama was delighted to have something to talk about other than his swap of five Taliban leaders for a deserter, the VA scandal and the catastrophe unfolding in Iraq.

The administration plans to try Mr. Khattala in a civilian court. Treating him as a criminal defendant will cripple our ability to get intelligence from him, and — through "discovery" — give Mr. Khattala access to our intelligence, according to Andrew McCarthy, who prosecuted the mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing.

His arrest also keeps Mr. Khattala from talking to reporters.

We don't know what CIA operatives at the Benghazi annex were doing. We do know extraordinary measures have been taken to keep them from talking about it.

Mr. Obama secretly authorized the CIA to provide aid to rebels fighting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Reuters reported in March 2011. After the dictator fell, the CIA used the annex to ship weapons to the rebels fighting in Syria, say multiple, varied sources.

This would be legal, assuming the requisite "Gang of Eight" congressional leaders had been notified. But since most of the arms fell into the hands of Islamists, it nevertheless was unwise.

Financing for and the actual shipment of these arms was routed through the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to give the United States plausible deniability, sources say.

Most of the weapons, presumably, were among those looted from Mr. Gadhafi's armories. Of chief concern are shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, known by the acronym MANPADS (man-portable air defense systems), of which 15,000 are missing.

News accounts often refer to these as "Stinger-type" missiles, which is unfortunate, because differences between today's U.S. Stinger, the Cadillac of MANPADS, and those in Mr. Gadhafi's armories are more significant than differences between a 2014 Cadillac and a Model T.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Islamist group rampaging in Iraq, and the Taliban are said to have current-model Stingers. How did they get them?

ISIS may have acquired theirs when they overran former U.S. military bases in Iraq, speculated Lara Logan of CBS News. The Defense Department authorized sale of 681 Stinger missiles to Iraq last year. But these were for a truck-mounted air-defense system. Sale of the shoulder-fired version hasn't been approved, according to the Defense Department. It would have been madness to do so. ISIS is said to have had Stingers before these bases were overrun.

The Stinger the Taliban used to shoot down a CH-47 helicopter in Afghanistan July 25, 2012, was part of a lot intended for anti-Gadhafi forces in Libya, writes Kenneth Timmerman in his book on Benghazi published last week.

If the Obama administration ended up supplying Stingers to Islamists, this would be the Iran-Contra scandal on steroids.

As head of a prominent anti-Gadhafi militia, Mr. Khattala may have been among recipients of CIA-supplied arms. He could tell us a lot about what went down. But he won't be talking about it now.

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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.

© 2014, Jack Kelly

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