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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 Oct. 21, 2012/ 6 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

Blaming others increases isolation

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The atmosphere in the White House these days must resemble that in the Fuhrerbunker, circa March 1945, because the price for constantly blaming others for your failures is increasing isolation.

To defend Slow Joe Biden from something indefensible he'd said in the vice presidential debate the night before, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney threw Secretary of State Hillary Clinton under the bus Friday.

"We weren't told they wanted more security" in Libya, Mr. Biden said.

Jaws dropped when he said it. Ambassador Chris Stevens' requests for more security are well documented. They'd warned of danger, the commander of a Special Forces site security team and the State Department's regional security officer told a House committee the day before the debate.

"The vice president was speaking about himself and the president, and the White House," Mr. Carney said Friday. "He was not referring to the administration."

In other words, Hillary Clinton alone bears responsibility for lax security.

This is implausible. The National Security Council staff would know about the security arrangements in Benghazi, and ought to have kept President Barack Obama and Mr. Biden up to speed.

"In a high-threat mission, where you've had evidence of Al Qaeda attacks against other missions ... that's something that the president, vice president, and certainly the secretary of state should be aware of all the time," said former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.

They were, Mr. Carney had told reporters two days after the attack. "We are very vigilant around anniversaries like 9/11," he said then. "The president is always briefed and brought up to speed on all the precautions being taken."

Now the story's changed.

There was no protest, only armed terrorists, two senior Foreign Service Officers told journalists last Tuesday. State knew right away the assault was a terrorist attack, because people in the Diplomatic Security Command Center in Washington, D.C., were watching it "in almost real time" on feeds from security cameras at the consulate and a drone flying overhead.

But for more than a week, Ms. Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said the attack was a "spontaneous" response to a YouTube video mocking the Prophet Muhammad.

We never believed that, the FSOs said, hanging their political masters out to dry.

"I think we are seeing a split between the State career bureaucracy and the White House, a real blue moon event under a Democratic president," Mr. Bolton said.

We got bum scoop from the intelligence community, the White House said after State refused to take the blame.

The office of James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, dutifully issued a statement saying the intel community concluded -- "in the immediate aftermath" of the attack -- that it had begun "spontaneously" in the wake of the violent protests in Egypt.

If that ever were true, the assessment was corrected within a day or two. Before the attack, there were many reports of an "alarming" surge of Al Qaeda activity in Libya, career intel officers told investigative reporter Bill Gertz.

"U.S. intelligence agencies monitored communications from jihadists affiliated with the group that led the attack and members of Al Qaeda," said Eli Lake of Newsweek.

But when he spoke at the U.N. Sept. 25, Mr. Obama was still blaming the video for the attack.

It appears not to have occurred to the White House that their designated scapegoats might balk. Even more than the FSOs, the intel officers know what really happened, and have damaging information they could leak.

Mrs. Clinton might not be willing to go quietly under the wheels of the bus either.

If the White House plans to dump blame on his wife, Bill Clinton won't sit idly by, said author Edward Klein, who appears to have good sources in the Clinton camp.

"I'm told that Bill is playing with various doomsday scenarios, up to and including the idea that Hillary should consider resigning," Mr. Klein said.

Bill Clinton is the master politician of our time. I would not want to make him mad. The CIA has half a century of experience in destabilizing governments. I would not want to make professional intelligence officers mad.

To make them both mad at the same time is a recipe for political suicide.

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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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