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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Oct. 23, 2012/ 7 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

Deserving of answers, not excuses

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "If four Americans get killed it is not optimal," President Barack Obama said in response to a question from Comedy Central's Jon Stewart about his administration's response to the attack on our consulate in Benghazi on 9/11/2012.

I'll say.

The president wasn't being as callous as this will sound in Republican ads. He was responding to this question from Mr. Stewart: "I would say and even you would admit it was not the optimal response - at least to the American people as far as all of us being on the same page."

The administration's response has indeed been sub-optimal:

*State Department officials said they knew immediately this was a terrorist attack, because they were watching it in "near real time" in feeds from the consulate's security cameras. The CIA station chief said the same thing in a cable to Washington the day after the attack. But for nearly two weeks, Mr. Obama and his senior aides claimed it was a "spontaneous" response to a video posted on Youtube that was critical of the Prophet Muhammad.

*The site wasn't secured, even though the CIA was running sensitive intelligence operations from the consulate's annex. A CNN reporter wandering through the grounds of the razed consulate the day after found the journal of Ambassador Chris Stevens lying on the floor.

*The FBI team that was supposed to investigate the attack didn't arrive in Benghazi until Oct. 5 -- three weeks after the attack.

*President Obama told Mr. Stewart he would bring those responsible "to justice." The Libyan government says the ringleader was Ahmed Abu Khattala. He has yet to be "brought to justice," but not because he's been hard to find. Yesterday a reporter for the New York Times interviewed Mr. Khattala for two hours at a luxury hotel in Benghazi, where he was "sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio and scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments."

But it wasn't the administration's sluggish response that got Ambassador Chris Stevens, diplomat Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods killed. It's what the administration did -- and didn't do -- in the months leading up to 9/11/2012.

*It is customary for diplomatic installations to be guarded by U.S. Marines. But the first time Ambassador Stevens had a Marine guard was when his casket was returned to Dover AFB. The consulate was guarded by a handful of unarmed, inexperienced Libyans hired by a British firm.

*Physical security was so substandard it required a waiver signed by the Secretary of State, the head of diplomatic security, or the heads of foreign building operations.

*Ambassador Stevens made repeated requests for additional security, but was turned down, despite the fact there had been more than a dozen Islamist attacks on Western missions and the Red Cross since April, including an attack on the British embassy in May, and an attempt in June to assassinate the British ambassador.

*A Special Forces site security team was ordered out of Libya in August, over the protests of its commander, and Ambassador Stevens.

This suggests something more than gross negligence. Security in Libya was deliberately kept low.

It wasn't for lack of funds, said every State Department witness at a hearing Oct. 10. There were lots of Marine guards at embassies in Europe that were not under threat.

So why was Ambassador Stevens denied adequate security? Who made that decision? Did the president make it? If he didn't, did he know about it?

From the reporting of their subordinates, the Secretary of State and the CIA Director knew -- or ought to have known -- within 24 hours that there was no protest, that this was a terrorist attack. So why for nearly two weeks more did Mr. Obama place the blame on the Youtube video? Wasn't he briefed on what the CIA station chief reported and the security cameras at the consulate showed? If he wasn't, who withheld the information from him? Why? When did he learn the truth?

Why did it take the FBI so long to get to Benghazi? If the New York Times can find the leader of the terror attack, why can't the CIA?

President Obama won't say. But the American people deserve answers.

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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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