Home
In this issue
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 February 10, 2010 / 26 Shevat 5770

Weakling protectors

By Jack Kelly

>



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | John Brennan, a career CIA officer before becoming Deputy National Security Adviser, has the best resume of any member of the Obama administration's national security team, save for Bush holdover Robert Gates as Defense secretary, and his boss, National Security Adviser Jim Jones, who was both the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the commander in chief of NATO.


This is in part damning with faint praise. Admiral Dennis Blair, who President Obama chose to be Director of National Intelligence, had been a consumer of intelligence, but not a collector nor interpreter of it. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and CIA Director Leon Panetta had no relevant experience before being picked for their present posts.


Experience, in itself, is no guarantee of competence or sound judgment. There's a lot that's wrong with the CIA, as books and articles by former CIA undercover officers "Ishmael Jones" (The Human Factor) and Reuel Marc Gerecht make chillingly clear.


Michael Scheuer, who was head of the CIA's bin Laden unit during the Clinton administration, thinks Mr. Brennan was part of the problem. In an interview with Gloria Borger of CNN Jan. 3, Mr. Scheuer said Mr. Brennan put the kibosh on an operation in 1998 that would have resulted in the death or capture of Osama bin Laden. He described his former superior as a bureaucrat more concerned with political correctness than with protecting Americans.


More share Mr. Scheuer's view of Mr. Brennan after Mr. Brennan's most recent appearances on the Sunday talk shows.


The "normally reclusive" Mr. Brennan sallied forth Jan. 3 to defend the administration's decision to try Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who attempted the Christmas bombing of a Northwest Air Lines flight, as a criminal defendant. He did so unpersuasively, dancing around rather than answering the questions posed by interviewers.


"We now have a pretty good idea of why Brennan is 'normally reclusive,'" wrote Paul Mirengoff of the blog Power Line.


We know now that Mr. Abdulmutallab was read his Miranda rights less than an hour after his arrest and promptly stopped talking. The decision to treat Mr. Abdulmutallab as an ordinary criminal defendant was made by Attorney General Eric Holder, apparently without consulting Mr. Blair, Ms. Napolitano, or FBI Director Robert Mueller.


At a hearing Jan. 20, Admiral Blair said Mr. Abdulmutallab should have been interrogated by the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), to which President Obama had assigned responsibility for interrogating captured terrorists after he took it from the CIA. But we learned later the HIG wasn't operational at the time he was captured.


The manner in which the Abdulmutallab case has been handled has, understandably, drawn criticism from Republicans, and not only from them. In a Rasmussen poll released Dec. 31, 71 percent of respondents said Mr. Abdulmutallab should be turned over to the military. Only 22 percent wanted him tried in a civilian court.


The administration has fought back in a variety of clumsy ways. First, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Mr. Abdulmutallab had given up all the useful information he had in the 50 minutes before he was Mirandized, a statement so preposterous it was not repeated.


Now the administration is saying Mr. Abdulmutallab has, at the insistence of his family, resumed talking. If this is true, it shouldn't be announced publicly. Al Qaida can read newspapers, too. And if true, it doesn't mitigate the harm done when Mr. Abdulmutallab clammed up. The difference between "actionable intelligence" and "history" is often only a few hours.


On "Meet the Press" Sunday and in a column in USA Today Tuesday, Mr. Brennan described critics of the way the Abdulmutallab case has been handled as "partisans" who are "politicizing intelligence" and serving "the goals of al Qaida." Actually, since the critics include Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein (California), Jim Webb (Virginia) and Joe Lieberman (Ct), it's been about the most bipartisan thing in Washington in the last year.


Grotesque overstatement and outright lies from a hack flack are one thing; from the administration's counterterrorism czar, quite another.


"It's hard to trust anyone in the White House right now," Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told National Review Online. "The national security team has become a bench of political spokespeople."

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

Comment by clicking here.

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

Jack Kelly Archives


© 2009, Jack Kelly

Columnists

Toons

Lifestyles