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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 Nov. 20, 2012/ 6 Kislev, 5773

The ill wind blowing past Benghazi

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's an ill wind that blows nobody good, and that evil wind from the Middle East comes just when Barack Obama needs a distraction most. Just when the mainstream media finally discovers the deadly screw-up in Benghazi and can no longer avoid talking and writing about it, the Palestinians fire volleys of rockets reaching Tel Aviv.

The president himself is in Asia, mispronouncing the names of everyone he meets, and trying to play kissyface with Aung San Suu Kyi, the heroic woman who led the struggle to freeBurma from the grip of evil generals. In the photographs, the lady is trying to keep her mouth out of the way of Mr. Obama's kissing equipment.

The president was just being friendly, but she doesn't look as if she's enjoying herself. (Can't the U.S. government afford a protocol officer to explain to the president that Asians are generally not fans of the American obsession with hugging and slobbering over everyone in sight on first meeting?)

Mr. Obama got the name of the new reformer president, Thien Sein, wrong, calling him "President Sein," instead of "President Thien." The Burmese describe this as "a slightly affectionate reference" that likely made his hosts cringe. This was not as bad as Jimmy Carter's infamous invitation to a welcoming crowd inPoland to share a sexual adventure with him. Mr. Jimmy could blame his interpreter, who was confused by a word with two different meanings. Mr. Jimmy suffered international humiliation and the rest of us got a big laugh, or at least a large chuckle.

Americans, apparently even Harvard LawSchool graduates, are never very good with languages, and particularly with unfamiliar forms of address, but presidents travel with aides who are paid to know such things.

Mr. Obama even got the name of the country wrong, using "Myanmar," the preference of the evicted evil generals, instead of "Burma," which is preferred by the reformers and Aung San Suu Kyi, whose name the president also mangled. "Burma" is the preferred usage of the State Department, and the White House explained that the president used "Myanmar" as "a diplomatic nicety" in deference to the discarded order. Mr. Obama is said to be working on an explanation to blame George W. Bush, who once called Greeks "Grecians," for which he caught considerable flak from the popguns of the media's Gaffe Patrol.

The president's magical mystery tour of Southeast Asia, making no real news, is a perfect distraction from the real events of Benghazi and the Middle East. Hillary Clinton fell on the president's sword a fortnight ago, and now Susan Rice must follow. The White House and its acolytes in the media are trying to make the Benghazi story about what Miss Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, knew and when she knew it. The president's men are portraying her as the little woman who only told five Sunday morning talk shows what the big, brave men at the CIA wrote out for her to say. If the talking points were doctored, well, why blame the White House?

The White House excuse for the misinformation about what happened in Benghaziwas "faulty intelligence." That explanation falls apart on closer examination. The Washington Guardian now reports, quoting senior officials, that the president and "senior administration officials" were told within 72 hours that theBenghazi attack was largely the work of organized terrorists, not street mobs writing an unfavorable review of an amateur video portraying Mohammed as a pedophile.

The timing here is crucial. The consulate was attacked on Tuesday, Sept. 11, and President Obama was told not later than Friday that it was a terrorist attack. Miss Rice was dispatched Sunday morning, two days later, with the bright, shining lie, and repeated it five times. Mrs. Clinton and the president's resident press flack did so as well.

The administration's story blaming the CIA for faulty talking points has changed slightly: the talking points included disinformation to mislead terrorists. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, now says Miss Rice's lie was "within the context" of what was presented as fact. Who knows who, if anyone, is telling the truth?

The president, trying to reassure Israel in its hour of maximum peril, says the Israelis are within their rights to answer the Palestinian rockets. Well, duh. With that and five bucks, a reassured Israeli can get a decaf latte at Starbucks. A decaf latte is considerably more than we sent Chris Stevens, the American ambassador, when he was begging for help as terrorists closed in on the Americans in Benghazi. This is what the president and his men and women don't want to talk about.

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