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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 Feb. 6, 2013/ 26 Shevat, 5773

A see-no-jihadist for the CIA

By Frank J. Gaffney Jr.




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On her way out the door, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the unspeakable, literally. Until last month, when she repeatedly warned in congressional testimony concerning the Benghazi debacle that we confront a "global jihadist threat," the Obama administration did not allow the use of the words jihad and threat in the same sentence.

How ironic that the principal architect of this "see-no-jihad" policy is John O. Brennan, President Obama's current homeland security and counterterrorism adviser and his choice to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Setting aside the obvious questions about why Mrs. Clinton chose her swan song on Capitol Hill to state the obvious but impermissible truth, if she's right, why on earth would the Senate want to entrust critical collection and analysis of intelligence to the very person who has epitomized and enforced a policy of willful blindness toward the central threat of our time: the supremacist Islamic ideology of Shariah and the holy war, or jihad, its adherents are obliged to wage?


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Mr. Brennan has repeatedly insisted that jihad is not about holy war. Rather, as he put it in a speech in May 2010, "Jihad is holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam meaning to purify oneself or one's community." According to him, to use the term the way the jihadists do, would, as Fox News reported at the time " 'play into the false perception' that the 'murderers' leading war against the West are doing so in the name of a 'holy cause.' "

For Mr. Brennan, "Describing our enemy in religious terms would lend credence to the lie propagated by al Qaeda and its affiliates to justify terrorism -- that the United States is somehow at war against Islam." It is one thing for a policymaker who is a consumer of intelligence to cherish such illusions. It is another thing altogether for them to be nurtured by a leader of the intelligence community, whose biases may skew whether factual information is collected and objectively analyzed. The latter can put the nation in mortal peril.

This danger is all the more worrying because even before Mr. Brennan was nominated for the CIA job, he sought to circumscribe what its personnel -- and their counterparts elsewhere in other intelligence agencies, the military, homeland security and law enforcement -- could know about the Islamist enemies we confront. He officiated over the purging of files and training materials and the terminating of trainers whose failure to toe his willfully blind policy was deemed "offensive" to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and other, so-called Muslim "activists."

Worse yet, during Mr. Brennan's tenure at the White House, the Obama administration actually promulgated guidelines ensuring that, henceforth, "countering violent extremism" training materials and trainers paid for by the Homeland Security Department and used by any government agency -- federal, state or local -- must effectively be approved by these "community partners." This means we are now allowing agents of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization sworn to our destruction, to determine our understanding and awareness of the threat they and their fellow Islamists pose to the rest of us.

Under the circumstances in which even Mrs. Clinton says we are facing a jihadist threat, senators considering Mr. Brennan's nomination must answer a critical question: Is John Brennan so invested in the narrative promoted by America's jihadist enemies that he will further compound, rather than correct, the politicization of intelligence he has promoted during the past four years from the White House?

Specifically, legislators need to assess Mr. Brennan's situational awareness with respect to the Muslim Brotherhood and what it calls "civilization jihad" -- a pursuit through stealth and subversion of the goals the Brotherhood shares with other jihadists: the triumph of Shariah worldwide and the reconstitution of a caliphate to govern according to that Islamic supremacist and totalitarian doctrine. If he doesn't get it, he shouldn't get the job. He must be considered ineligible for the sensitive post of CIA director.

As it happens, there are a lot of other folks who don't think Mr. Brennan should get the job, either. The radical left is up in arms over his central role in "enhanced interrogation techniques" during the Bush administration and drone strikes during the Obama presidency. Unless Code Pink's histrionics actually translate into the loss of Democratic votes, a cynic might be forgiven for thinking it is a gambit designed to induce Republican senators to rally behind a man associated with such aggressive -- and necessary -- tools for defeating the jihadists.

The Senate is consumed at the moment with another of Mr. Obama's utterly unacceptable nominations: Chuck Hagel's appointment as secretary of defense. Mr. Hagel's appalling appearance last week was an affront to the men and women in uniform and to the American people they defend. Combined with his history of poor judgment on issues ranging from hollowing out the military and its nuclear deterrent, engaging and emboldening our enemies and undermining our friends like Israel, Mr. Hagel's palpable contempt for the Senate on that occasion should ensure that he is not confirmed.

John Brennan is equally undeserving of the Senate's approval. His malfeasance and incompetence on the central challenge of our time is compounded by his arrogance, his disdain for Congress and its oversight responsibilities, his serial and damaging leaks of sensitive national security secrets and his history of mendacity. No one should be under any illusion: Such behavior will only intensify if, in response to that appalling record, the Senate confirms his promotion.


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