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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 Oct. 25, 2012/ 9 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

Journos like to ask questions --- but not these

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We know now the staff at our consulate in Benghazi battled their attackers for nearly seven hours. Could the U.S. military have intervened? If it had, might Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Specialist Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods still be alive?

Probably, thinks military historian Francis "Bing" West, a former Marine officer and assistant secretary of defense.

At the U.S. naval base in Sigonella, Sicily -- 480 miles from Benghazi -- there were F-18 fighter-bombers, Special Operations forces, transport aircraft and AC-130 Spectre gunships.

"Fighter jets could have been at Benghazi in an hour; the commandos inside three hours," Mr. West said.

The attack began about 10 p.m. Benghazi time and lasted until dawn. Military intervention might not have saved Ambassador Stevens, who was pronounced dead at 2:00 a.m. But Mr. Doherty and Mr. Woods were killed by mortar rounds fired around 4:00 a.m. For them, help would have arrived in time.

"It is bewildering that no U.S. aircraft ever came to the aid of the defenders," Mr. West said. "If even one F18 had been on station, it would have detected the location of hostiles firing at night and deterred and attacked the mortar sites."

Beverly Gunn, mother of Special Operations pilot Maj. Ben Gunn, said "the aspect that turns our hearts and stomachs is the fact President Obama's people watched the attack for 5-6 hours and never 'called in the Cavalry.'"

"They stood, and they watched, and our people died," Gary Berntsen, a retired CIA officer who commanded counter-terror missions, told Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News.

Why?

The administration is no more willing to give a straight answer to this question than it's been to explain why security in Libya was kept low despite repeated protests from Ambassador Stevens, and why -- for two weeks after it was clear this was a well-planned terror attack carried out by an al Qaida affiliate -- did the president say it was a "spontaneous" response to a Youtube video. All are serious questions which deserve answers. But the most important, Mr. West said, is the administration's "failure to aid the living."

"For our top leadership, with all the technological and military tools at their disposal, to have done nothing for seven hours was a joint civilian and military failure of initiative and nerve," he said. I doubt it was the military's nerve which failed.

Three times Mr. Obama cancelled plans to raid Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan, said Richard Miniter is his book, "Leading from Behind," published in August. His source, who Mr. Miniter did not name, is someone in the Joint Special Operations Command who had "direct knowledge" of the operation and its planning.

It was then CIA Director, now Defense Secretary Leon Panetta who actually ordered the bin Laden hit, he was told by a "senior and sensitive intelligence community source," said retired Army MajGen. Paul Vallely Oct. 11. The president -- who was on the golf course at the time -- wasn't even told the raid was under way until the helicopters carrying SEAL Team Six crossed into Pakistani airspace.

The hesitant, risk-averse Barack Obama they describe fits better inaction on Benghazi than does the he man macho stud of the endless bin Laden victory laps. He "loves being president, but can't make a decision," said retired Army intelligence officer Ralph Peters last year.

The death of bin Laden has not led to the death of al Qaida, which last month launched its most successful attacks since the original 9/11. The president's foreign policy, which was based on outreach to Islamists, is in shambles.


  • What are the consequences for America of al Qaida's revival?

  • Why was security in Libya so lax? Why didn't the president send in the U.S. military to help during the 7 hour siege?

  • Why did the president deny for so long that this was a terrorist attack?


It's the job of journalists to find answers to these questions. But most in the "mainstream" media are helping the administration cover up. The conduct of the president and his aides has been puzzling and despicable. The conduct of the news media has been worse.

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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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