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 August 25, 2009 / 5 Elul 5769

Exit stage left, Panetta — now

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The attention of Americans understandably is focused on the parlous state of our economy and on the efforts of the president and Congress to revamp health care. But another tragedy is in the making that warrants our attention.

The New York Times reported Monday the Justice Department — which has declined to prosecute Black Panthers who intimidated voters at a polling place in Philadelphia last year — is contemplating prosecuting CIA officers for their treatment of terror suspects during interrogations.

The Office of Professional Responsibility has recommended prosecutions in nearly a dozen cases which the CIA's inspector general had forwarded to Justice in 2004 for review. The Justice Department decided then that none of the cases merited prosecution.

The recommendations may be related to the health care debate. The moonbats are unhappy with President Obama for considering dumping the public option from his health care plan. Prosecution of CIA officers — always a popular notion on the far Left — may be an effort to throw them a bone.

If so, it could be very costly. Already low morale at the CIA would plunge further if the prosecutions go forward.

The war on terror continues, even if the Obama administration won't call it that. The situation in Afghanistan is "serious and deteriorating," Admiral Michael Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN Sunday.

Last week bomb attacks in Iraq killed nearly 100 people, and injured hundreds more.

In July, seven Muslim converts in North Carolina were arrested for plotting violent attacks on their fellow Americans. In the home of Daniel Boyd, the group's leader, the FBI found a fatwa (religious edict) which said Muslims have "an individual duty to kill Americans and their allies."

In a war against al Qaida terrorists and Taliban guerrillas, good intelligence is vital. Further depressing morale at the CIA, and making that notoriously risk averse institution even less likely to take chances could have bloody consequences.

Morale at the CIA already is near rock bottom thanks to a monumental screw-up by its out of his depth director, Leon Panetta. Mr. Panetta is an intelligent and — by the lax standards of this administration — an honest man. But he has no experience in the intelligence business. It shows.

Mr. Panetta told the House Intelligence Committee in June that for eight years, the CIA had illegally concealed a secret terrorist assassination program.

This was welcome news to allies of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca), who, after having been caught lying about having been briefed on the enhanced interrogation techniques the CIA used on a few high level al Qaida captives, had declared the CIA "misleads" Congress "all the time."

"The reaction was predictably explosive," wrote Joseph Finder, a former intelligence officer turned novelist. "Here was official confirmation, from the very top, that the CIA in the Bush years had been flagrantly and systematically violating the National Security Act of 1947."

But Mr. Panetta was wrong. The real story, Mr. Finder said in an article Aug. 18 on the Web site Daily Beast, is that "an inexperienced CIA director, unfamiliar with how his vast, complicated agency works, unable to trust senior officials within his own agency, and desperate to keep his hands clean, screwed up."

"The consequences of his gaffe, which he's unable to admit without damaging his own reputation further, will likely subject U.S. intelligence capabilities to unnecessary and intrusive oversight for years to come," Mr. Finder said.

After the excrement hit the fan, Mr. Panetta spoke to his three most immediate predecessors — Gen. Michael Hayden, Porter Goss, and George Tenet — and learned the reason Congress had never been briefed on the assassination program is because there never was one. All there was was a PowerPoint presentation that never came close to being implemented. "If we briefed Congress on every single foreign intelligence collection activity, we'd be a very small intelligence agency attached to a massive Congressional briefing agency," Mr. Finder said a former CIA director told him.

Without explicitly apologizing, Mr. Panetta has told his predecessors the matter will quietly be dropped, Mr. Finder said. But it's too late to unring the bell.

The CIA needs no further grief from the Obama administration. But it does need a new director.

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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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