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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 June 6, 2014 / 8 Sivan, 5774

It Was Probably Never About Bergdahl

By David Limbaugh




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Everything about this horrendous Bowe Bergdahl affair reminds us just how out of touch President Obama is with ordinary Americans and American sensibilities.

Just look at what we've learned. Obama reportedly expected that the American people would meet his egregiously lopsided deal exchanging five Osama bin Ladens for one Benedict Arnold with a "euphoric" response? That is breathtaking.

Even if Bergdahl had been a heroic figure, I dare say the public would have objected to Obama's giving up five of the most dangerous terrorists in the world in exchange for Bergdahl and, in the process, negotiating with terrorists.

Obama obviously doesn't share the ordinary American's concern about jihadists, as he has bent over backward to close the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, tried to sanitize the term "terrorism" from our vernacular and often pretended we are not in a war with Islamic jihadi.

Obama has made clear that he believes that radical Muslims have legitimate grievances against the United States — or, at the very least, that if we sweet-talk them, they will be less inclined to annihilate us.

You don't have to take my word for the fact that his radar for terrorists is defective. Anyone who truly wants to close Gitmo and release the worst of the worst global terrorists to kill Americans in the future either doesn't care about our national security or is so naive about human nature and Islamic extremism that he might as well not care.

The more we are learning about the deal the more it looks as though Obama didn't have Bergdahl in mind at all in this exchange. He wasn't primarily motivated to secure a soldier's release at the "end of a war" as he claimed. The war is not over even in terms of our own involvement in Afghanistan, but it will likely never be over for the Islamists, whose lives are dedicated in perpetuity to killing infidels.

It is far likelier that Obama was first motivated to release these killers and then looked around for a plausible cover. I'm guessing he wanted to release them with or without getting Bergdahl, either because he was eager to further appease jihadi and the world's Muslims or because he is hellbent on closing Gitmo and this release paves the way for that.

Imagine Obama considering it a "win" to release five Osama bin Ladens with the only condition that they'll have to remain under supervision in Islamic Qatar for a measly year. They don't even have to wear ankle bracelets.

I'm not the one who first suggested that Obama's driving motive with the release was to lay the groundwork for closing Gitmo, and more people are suggesting it. If we can release five of the worst, after all, why should we maintain the facility?

More than that, Obama released them in exchange for not a war hero but a man who appears to be the furthest thing from it — a soldier who is being called a deserter by his fellow troops. No one could possibly be this bad a negotiator.

For Obama to have rushed into this exchange at all reveals his warped mindset, but to do it against the advice of senators, the Pentagon and certain White House aides makes it very likely that he had an ulterior motive that had nothing to do with Bergdahl.

If Obama had been angling for a wise exchange, he wouldn't have had to sidestep Congress, and he wouldn't have had to cover up the truth about Bergdahl — possibly removing evidence of his desertion from the classified files and rewriting his history as a hero and as one who was in desperately ill health.

But once again, Obama has painted himself in a corner with arrogance-colored paint, which has necessitated a massive propaganda campaign to justify his actions. Once again, he sent Susan Rice out to lie for him, and once again, his aides have had to walk back what she said.

The similarity of the pattern is striking. Remember Jay Carney saying that Rice was talking about a video not in relation to the Benghazi, Libya, attacks but concerning the Middle East in general? Now the White House is saying that Rice was referring not specifically to the circumstances of Bergdahl's captivity when she said he had served with honor and distinction but to his service in general.

Obama and the leftist radicals he surrounds himself with have no clue how most patriotic Americans think. If they did, there is no way Obama would have made such a monumental miscalculation — unless he really just doesn't care what we think, as long as he can proceed with his dangerous obsession to transform America.

How can Obama conceivably not comprehend that by negotiating with terrorists for a hostage — not even a conventional prisoner of war — he is inviting further hostage taking by jihadi and endangering American lives throughout the world? Our policy against negotiating with terrorists is not some macho-oriented stance designed to show how tough we are; it is an approach aimed at protecting American lives and not emboldening terrorists to attack, capture and kill us.

Of all the disgraceful actions Obama has taken in his 5 1/2 years of passing scorched-earth policies against America as founded, he may have outdone himself on this one.

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