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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. 30, 2012/ 17 Kislev, 5773

Obama's challenge to the three amigos

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Obama is still playing Sir Walter Raleigh, standing between himself and Susan Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations and the designated scapegoat in the Benghazi cover-up.

"Susan Rice is extraordinary," the president told his Cabinet as he convened its first session since he was re-elected. "Couldn't be prouder of the job she's done." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, no doubt grateful that she had not been elected to scapegoathood, led the round of applause for Miss Rice.

Nevertheless, spreading his cloak across the mud hole, however much it was offered in the spirit of Sir Walter, is not likely to keep the little lady's feet dry. But it's the least a gentleman, or even someone pretending to be a gentleman, could do for a scapegoat of the president's own making.

Neither the ambassador's critics in the U.S. Senate nor the toothless tigers of the mainstream media have wanted to ask the question that has been begging to be asked since the tragedy broke on Sept. 11: "What did the president know, and when did he know it?" The two amigos — John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — have been joined by Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire in pursuing Miss Rice, just as the White House wants them to do. That's how shell games work.

Mr. Obama is a master of sleight-of-hand, though it's true that he might be working with easy marks, willing to be rolled. As long as the president can keep the anger of the amigos and their colleagues in the Senate focused on the ladies in his cabinet, he'll suffer no pain. Miss Rice emerged from her meeting with the three amigos unchastened, though the amigos were said to be angry and frustrated. They wouldn't say why. It's likely that Miss Rice did not show the proper respect, not having the usual forelock to tug.

The rap on Susan Rice is mostly that she's arrogant, vulgar, disrespectful and full of herself, qualities which may not endear her to others but hardly set her apart in Washington, where humility and modesty are not often highly regarded. She does not have a reputation for any of those nice qualities. She once shot the late Richard Holbrooke, widely admired in several diplomatic posts, including the one Miss Rice holds now, the middle-finger salute during a meeting of senior staff at the State Department.

She mocked Sen. McCain (as well as Hillary Clinton) mercilessly in the first Obama campaign. She derided his fact-finding trip to Iraq in 2008 as "strolling around the market in a flak jacket" and said he had a "tendency to shoot first and ask questions later." Senators, who often have egos as big as elephants, have elephantine memories to match. Remembering affronts is natural.

"She can be a most undiplomatic diplomat," observes Dana Milbank of The Washington Post, "and there likely aren't enough Republican or Democratic votes in the Senate to confirm her."

But keeping attention focused on Susan Rice, as tempting as such a target for "unexpended ordnance" might be, as a fighter pilot would put it, this is what the amigos must do. Miss Rice's role in Benghazi is small beer.

The president, in fact, may feel a few pangs of male guilt for sending out an unarmed woman to do what he should have done. Miss Rice insisted in her round of Sunday-morning television interviews, five days after the American ambassador was killed, that the attack was Muslim revenge for that infamous video that almost nobody saw. The president knew better: just two days after the attack, he was told by his intelligence briefers, armed with communications intercepts, that members of the mob had intimate connections to al-Qaeda. Someone should inquire why the president didn't tell Miss Rice about that before he dispatched her to that unhappy place beneath the bus — and why the ambassador in Benghazi had to pay with his life for her ticket.

The "facts" — which hardly rose even to the level of "factoids" — collided with the Obama campaign's fairy tale that the commander in chief, with his very own trigger finger, had already finished off al-Qaeda once and for all.

The questions crying out for asking were the questions familiar to top-level Washington scandal, "what did the president know, and when did he know it?" Mr. Obama has invited his Senate inquisitors to "go after me," not the little lady at the U.N. The three amigos choose their weapons.

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