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 May 10, 2011 / 6 Iyar, 5771

A tortuous route to the right thing

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Torture is not nice. Nice people do not torture (except in rare circumstances). We can all agree on that much -- depending, of course, on the definition of "torture". The New York Times, for example, says it hates torture but having to read a New York Times editorial is the pure torture forbidden by the Geneva Convention.

"Waterboarding," the "enhanced interrogation technique" that makes a suspect think he's drowning when he actually isn't, is not very nice -- but it is effective. The CIA estimates that up to 70 percent of what it knows about Osama bin Laden's terrorist empire was obtained through "enhanced interrogation techniques." Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 operation, sang his entire repertoire of insider detail after the CIA interrogators gave him a bath.

We have the informed word of Leon Panetta, the CIA chief and soon-to-be the chief at the Pentagon, for that. When Brian Williams of NBC News asked him whether waterboarding of al-Qaeda suspects led to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, Mr. Panetta hemmed a little and hawed a little, until the interviewer pressed a little. "One final time," he asked, "'enhanced interrogation techniques' -- which has always been kind of a handy euphemism in these post-9/11 years -- that includes waterboarding?"

Mr. Panetta replied with neither hem nor haw: "That's correct."

Michael Hayden, who preceded Mr. Panetta as CIA chief, tells a radio interviewer there was a straight line between the intelligence gleaned from interrogations of terrorist suspects and the moment that a Navy Seal fired the shot that dispatched Osama into eternity. The statements of Messrs. Panetta and Hayden were statements of the perfectly obvious for everyone but those too weak and too delicate to bring themselves to look at the world as it actually is.

This does not fit the story line of the ladies of the mainstream media. The New York Times, whose violins are tuned to play only one note and then only with its string section mounted astride a familiar drove of hobby horses, insists that waterboarding and other memory enhancers contributed only "a small role at most" in pinpointing Osama's hideout. Eugene Robinson, a sob sister for The Washington Post editorial page, so far as anyone knows was not present when interrogations revealed the name and significance of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, bin Laden's prized courier. Nevertheless, he insists there was "no proof -- and not even any legitimate evidence -- that torture cracked the case," adding, "I believe the odds are quite good that the CIA would have gotten onto al-Kuwaiti's trail somehow or other." But "somehow or other" presidents and the men and women responsible for protecting the nation's national security can't afford to gamble recklessly, whatever Mr. Robinson's reassuring "odds" may be.

The pious and the self-righteous are unable to indulge the sentiments of gratitude and celebration the rest of us feel. They're severely cross about what the Navy Seals accomplished with the help of the CIA interrogators. Celebrating the dispatch of Osama to a netherworld crack house of a paradise -- we can only imagine what his 72 virgins look like -- would emphasize how much Barack Obama and the rest of us owe to George W. Bush, who organized the pursuit of Osama bin Laden and who put in place the methods used to run him to ground (or, if you like, to sea).

This is something neither the Hyde Park messiah nor what is left of his cult will talk about. President Obama, in introducing Mr. Panetta as his CIA chief shortly before the inauguration, gave a ringing declaration that he would never do what George W. did, and what he has now done himself, in pursuit of keeping the nation safe from catastrophe. "I was clear throughout this campaign and was clear throughout this transition that under my administration the United States does not torture. We will uphold our highest ideals . . . We must adhere to our values as diligently as we protect our safety with no exceptions." Hmmmmm. "No exceptions," the man said.

We can be grateful that Mr. Obama is capable of distinguishing between then and now, between theory and real life, between moonshine and the expensive bonded stuff even if members of his cult can't. One day, when man is finally perfected and all rough places are made smooth, we can live by the Golden Rule. Until then presidents now and in future will do what they have to do, and leave the boilerplate piety to the blowhards of press and tube.

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