In this issue

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 Jan 28, 2013/ 17 Shevat, 5773

Clinton's Benghazi testimony left more questions than answers

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We have four dead Americans!" Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shouted at Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. "Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?"

Ms. Clinton had a point, of sorts, about "at this point." More than four months have elapsed since 9/11/2012, when Chris Stevens, our ambassador to Libya; Foreign Service Office's Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed during a seven-hour assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and its annex. Wednesday was the first time the secretary of state appeared before Congress to answer questions about what happened.

The State Department knew "in near real time" there had been no protest; knew within hours an al-Qaida affiliate claimed credit. So why for more than a week afterward did she and other senior officials claim a video ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad was responsible, Mr. Johnson was asking when Ms. Clinton interrupted him.

Other lawmakers wanted to know why the consulate was guarded by unarmed Libyan security guards rather than by U.S. Marines, as is customary for diplomatic installations. Why were Ambassador Stevens' pleas for more security ignored?

Ms. Clinton responded with indignation, histrionics (shouting and pounding the table with her fist), emotional appeals, evasions, and a few outright lies.

"I did not say ... that it was about the video for Libya," she said in response to a question from Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.

"This video is disgusting and reprehensible," she had said at a news conference the day after the attack. The U.S. will "make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted," Woods' father said Ms. Clinton told him at a White House ceremony for the Benghazi victims.

About 25 Americans who witnessed the attack were evacuated immediately afterward. They could have cleared up right away any confusion about a protest, Mr. Johnson said. Why didn't she or a senior aides interview them? She didn't want to interfere with the FBI investigation, Ms. Clinton responded.

Lawmakers could have asked, but didn't, why it took the FBI two weeks to visit Benghazi, and why they were on the scene for only a few hours, left sensitive documents behind. The New York Times interviewed a leading suspect at luxury hotel in Benghazi, but the FBI has been unable to locate him.

"The lack of retaliation sends a dangerous message to our enemies," said Newsweek columnist John Avlon. "Americans can be killed with impunity."

Security was lax because of budget cuts, Ms. Clinton said. In her testimony in October, the assistant secretary for diplomatic security said money was not an issue. The State Department's Accountability Review Board blamed a security posture "grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place," on "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels." No mention was made of funding problems.

She hadn't been briefed on Stevens' requests for more security, Ms. Clinton said. If this were true, it would be an admission of appalling mismanagement, said former Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams.

"It was a valedictory that showed her indignation and emotion as she ends this tenure on the public stage," said ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer. "A fired up Hillary Clinton takes on her critics," said Savannah Guthrie, co-host of NBC's "Today" show.

Bigfoot journalists reserved their criticism for the relatively few Republicans who asked her harsh questions. They ignore signs of a cover-up.

You may think as they do that negligence doesn't matter when it's Democrats who are negligent; that lies don't matter when Democrats tell them. But it makes a big difference whether the attack on the consulate was a one off triggered by a video, or a plot by a renascent al-Qaida.

Al-Qaida is all but defeated, President Barack Obama claimed during the election. That's obviously untrue. Next door to Libya in Mali, al-Qaida controls more territory than it ever did in Afghanistan. Either the administration gravely miscalculated al-Qaida's recuperative powers, or they've concealed the truth for political reasons.

The lies, and the stonewalling of requests for information suggest cover-up. That was understandable -- if despicable -- during the election, but the election's over. Does the administration understand the threat? Will it do what's needed to protect us? The answers should matter to more than just Republicans.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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