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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 May 8, 2014 / 8 Iyar, 5774

'Be not deceived...'

By Paul Greenberg




JewishWorldReview.com | Still another smoking gun has surfaced in the investigation of the continuing tragedy and scandal known as the Benghazi Incident, this time in the form of an email from a White House political operative telling one of the usual suspects just how to cover the administration's tracks. Somehow this memo was overlooked when a House committee subpoenaed any and all documents having to do with the well-planned attack on our compound in Benghazi -- an attack that took the lives of four brave Americans, including that of the most dedicated, enterprising and promising envoy in our whole diplomatic corps.

It took a Freedom of Information request from an outside group, Judicial Watch, to get a copy of that email. God bless all gadflies and bloggers and Concerned Citizens everywhere, annoying as they can be. Because they make democracy work.

The murderous attack at Benghazi was one the higher-ups in Washington should have known was coming, and one they had more than ample time and warning to prepare for. Everyone seemed to know the attack was imminent except the masterminds at Foggy Bottom, for it may have been the most telegraphed terrorist raid in history. Al-Qaida might as well have taken out an ad in the papers.

Yet the White House and State Department slept on. As if they were saving all their time and energy for the cover stories they would have to patch together later.

It's not surprising that the White House kept this telltale email under wraps; it's the most explicit proof yet that all the president's men -- and women -- orchestrated the whole cover-up. Not that any more proof was needed. There was nothing in this revealing email that anyone who's been following the story all along didn't suspect. And more than suspect -- because by now more smoking guns have emerged than at a good-sized firing range.

But this memo from Ben Rhodes seals the case. He's the White House pitchman -- excuse me, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications -- who provided Susan Rice with the story she would dutifully repeat about what had happened at Benghazi: It was all the fault of a YouTube video that set off a "spontaneous demonstration" that in turn sparked the attack on our envoys.

It was important, to quote this memo from the White House, that Ms. Rice, then our ambassador to the United Nations, "underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy." Her assignment: "To reinforce the president and administration's strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges." After all, a presidential election was only weeks away, and the president had to be depicted as a vigilant commander-in-chief, not the amateur who'd been caught asleep at the switch.

Having received her marching orders, the Hon. Susan E. Rice marched -- to one Sunday talk show after another, reciting the lines she'd been handed. How many talk shows did she make that day? I lost count at four or five as she went on repeating the same talking points, which weren't all that convincing the first time. ("... what sparked the recent violence was the airing on the Internet of a very hateful, very offensive video that has offended many people around the world.") Even though our people on the ground -- the State Department and CIA types stationed in Tripoli -- knew better within hours of the attack.



This same line from the top was repeated all the way down -- by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, this administration's bumbling mouthpiece-in-chief. And by Hillary Clinton, secretary of state at the time, who repeated it even as she was receiving the bodies of the four dead Americans at Andrews Air Force Base. ("We've seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with.") She was still trying to deflect any investigation into what really happened at Benghazi months later. ("What difference, at this point, does it make?")

The president himself followed the same script in his appearance before the United Nations a couple of weeks after Benghazi: "That is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world." Barack Obama would go on to be re-elected, and Susan Rice would be promoted to National Security Advisor. Cover stories pay. For a while, anyway.

Instead of all these unconvincing alibis, what's needed now is the same kind of investigative journalism that finally revealed the truth about Watergate and the conspiracy behind it known as the Nixon administration. What's needed is an unbiased press that digs into the Benghazi story day after day instead of meekly swallowing the administration's line. Because this story has more legs than a centipede. Then what's needed is a full-scale investigation by Congress on the order of the Watergate hearings.

But where is today's Howard Baker to ask: "What did the president know and when did he know it?" And a White House counsel -- like John Dean -- who would blow the whistle on the whole gang. ("I began by telling the president that there was a cancer growing on the presidency....") And where is today's Sam Ervin, chairman of the Senate Watergate committee, who was not ashamed to quote Scripture when it was most needed: Be not deceived: God is not mocked.

The truth will out. Though it may be hard to imagine just how in these very different times. Yet they're also much the same times, with much the same deceptions waiting to be exposed. And in the end the truth will out this time, too. Somehow. Because it is old Sam Ervin's prophetic voice that still resonates all these years later. And not all those transparent cover stories he -- and the country -- finally saw through

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Paul Greenberg is the Pulitzer prize-winning editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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