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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 Dec. 29, 2009 / 13 Teves 5770

Reckless solution givers

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It evidently didn't matter to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab that Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, is trying to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and has sucked up shamelessly to the Islamist regime in Iran.

Mr. Abdulmutallab, 23, is the Nigerian who on Christmas Day boarded Northwest Air Lines flight 253 with a sophisticated bomb built into his underwear. That Mr. Abdulmutallab wound up doing more harm to liberal shibboleths than to the 278 passengers is due to a faulty detonator and prompt, heroic action by Dutch tourist Jasper Schuringa rather than to any action taken by the U.S. government.

But that didn't prevent Janet Napolitano, the comically inept secretary of Homeland Security, from declaring on the talk shows last Sunday that "the system worked."

Ms. Napolitano backtracked the next day after it was revealed Mr. Abdulmutallab's father had warned U.S. authorities a month ago about his son's radicalism; that Britain had banned him from entering that country, and that Mr. Abdulmutallab had paid for his ticket in cash, and had no luggage, both of which ought to have been red flags.

"This incident was a compound failure of both intelligence and physical security, leaving prevention to the last line of defense — the passengers themselves," Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University, told the Washington Post.

"Right now we have no indication it was part of anything larger," Ms. Napolitano also said last Sunday.

That statement became inoperative when al Qaida in Yemen, where Mr. Abdulmutallab trained for his mission, claimed credit Monday for the attack. After his arrest, Mr. Abdulmutallab told the FBI in Detroit there were others like him in Yemen who would strike "soon."

We're likely to hear no more from Mr. Abdulmutallab about the plot, because — thanks to the Obama administration's "criminal justice" approach to fighting terrorism — he has lawyered up.

"Do you think that most Americans prefer that this guy is A) watching cable tv in a warm cell funded by taxpayers and enjoying his right to remain silent; or B) at an undisclosed location being waterboarded to learn about his little friends back in Yemen and their plans to kill us?" a friend asked Michael Goldfarb of the Weekly Standard.

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a part of Ms. Napolitano's bumbling empire, responded to the incident by imposing new restrictions on travelers. Had they been in effect at the time, these restrictions would have done nothing to frustrate Mr. Abdulmutallab's plans, but could have subjected Mr. Schuringa, who did frustrate Mr. Abdulmutallab's plans, to criminal prosecution.

"Why are we so bad at detecting the guilty and so good at collective punishment of the innocent?" asked Christopher Hitchens in Slate.

The reason, said Ralph Peters, a retired Army intelligence officer, is because our Politically Correct leaders refuse to recognize who the enemy is, and what motivates him.

"Despite vast databases crammed with evidence, our leaders — of both parties — still refuse to connect Islamist terror with Islam," LtCol. Peters wrote.

After Maj. Nidal Hasan murdered 13 soldiers at Fort Hood in November, the Obama administration and leading journalists attributed the crime to any motive other than the obvious one.

In the aftermath of the Fort Hood shootings, Ms. Napolitano expressed more concern about a possible "backlash" against Muslims than about further Islamist attacks.

Brian Jenkins, a terrorism expert for the RAND Corp., said that of 32 terror-related "events" in America since 9/11, 12 occurred this year.

This spike is due in part because security officials in the Obama administration think it more important to avoid hurting the feelings of Muslims than to take effective measures to protect Americans.

This is in part why TSA finds it easier to punish innocent air travelers rather than focus on the handful of potential threats. The Israeli airline El Al, which takes the opposite approach, hasn't had a terror incident in many years.

The security director for the International Air Transport Association thinks it's time we tried the El Al way.

"We've spent eight years looking for little scissors and toenail clippers," Ken Dunlap said. "Perhaps the emphasis should be looking for bad people."

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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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