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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 Nov. 20, 2012/ 6 Kislev, 5773

Sex sells, but what about Libya? The Petraeus affair raises big questions

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's taken a soap opera -- The Bored Housewives of CENTCOM -- to get network evening news broadcasts to take an interest in what's happened in Libya. Better late than never.

Three days after President Barack Obama was re-elected, Gen. David Petraeus resigned as CIA director. The reason, he said, was his affair with Paula Broadwell, 40, his biographer.

They became smitten when he was in Afghanistan and she was embedded there, but the affair didn't begin until after he was sworn in as CIA Director, Gen. Petraeus reportedly told investigators. He broke it off last summer.

The FBI learned of the affair in May or June, when Tampa socialite Jill Kelley complained that she was receiving threatening emails from Ms. Broadwell, who apparently suspected Ms. Kelley had supplanted her in Gen. Petraeus' affections. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is investigating hundreds of emails, some apparently "like phone sex," exchanged over two years between Ms. Kelley, 37, and Marine Gen. John Allen, who succeeded Gen. Petraeus as commander in Afghanistan.

Despite being heavily in debt, Ms. Kelley and her husband, Scott, a physician, threw lavish parties at their sizeable home in Tampa and often invited top brass from CENTCOM, which is based there. Proceeds from a dubious charity they started helped sustain their extravagant lifestyle.

The supermarket tabloids hit the trifecta when it was learned the FBI agent who initially reported the emails is being investigated for having an inappropriate relationship with Ms. Kelley. As they pursue the prurient details, I hope journalists also will seek answers to these questions:

• Ms. Broadwell reportedly has admitted to the FBI that she took classified materials from government offices. How did she get them?

• In a speech in Denver Oct. 27, Ms. Broadwell said prisoners were being held at the CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed on Sept. 11. Is this true? Did Gen. Petraeus tell her this?

• The White House claims no one there learned of the affair until Election Day. This strains credulity. Gen. Petraeus may have misled the House Intelligence Committee Sept. 13 about what happened in Benghazi to hew to the administration line that the attack had mostly to do with a protest over an anti-Muslim video. Why would he do this? Conservative columnists Charles Krauthammer and Bill Kristol have raised the possibility that the administration blackmailed him with knowledge of his illicit affair.

The most important questions about Libya have nothing to do with sex:

• Why was security so lax? Ambassador Chris Stevens had complained about it, so it had to be deliberate. Who made the decision not to protect our diplomats?

• What was going on at the CIA annex? It was gathering intelligence on Islamists, the CIA acknowledges. Ms. Broadwell said prisoners were being kept there. The CIA was buying back man-portable anti-aircraft missiles that went missing after the regime of Moammar Gadhafi fell, according to some reports. Some were transferred to the rebels in Syria, say others. Is that true? If so, who in Syria got them?

• Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed by a mortar round some seven hours after the attack began. Could the military have come to their rescue during that time? Were military forces ordered to stand down? If so, why? By whom?

Mr. Woods or Mr. Doherty was illuminating the mortar position with a laser, according to "those present at the compound," Fox News reported. This would have been foolish if there were no aircraft on station that could take the mortar out, because a jihadi with a cell phone could trace the laser beam back to its point of origin. Why did the former SEALs think an aircraft was on station? If one was, why didn't it fire?

Mr. Woods told his superiors that he and Mr. Doherty were going to the consulate to help after they heard shooting there. According to Fox News, they were ordered to stand down, but went anyway. Who told them not to come to the aid of the diplomats? Why?

• The attackers were a relatively small group of well-armed terrorists, officials in Washington learned shortly after the assault on the consulate began. Within 24 hours, an al-Qaida affiliate claimed responsibility. But for nearly a week afterward, President Obama and senior administration officials said the attack appeared to be a "spontaneous" protest to a Youtube video. Why did they lie?

The answers to these questions have huge implications for national security. They're more important than the salacious details of a love triangle.

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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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