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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

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John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

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April 14, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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April 8, 2014

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Jewish World Review Dec. 7, 2007 / 27 Kislev

Now we can all go back to sleep

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If only the bumblers, blusterers and other bureaucrats in our "intelligence" services could make up their minds.

The estimates of what we know about Iran and its nuclear ambitions, released this week just in time to undercut the U.N. sanctions meant to deter another Islamic bomb, underscores how little the bumblers know.

These are the wiseheads who only four months ago were telling the president and Congress that Iran was hard at work developing their bomb. Now they want the president, Congress and the rest of us to believe that the Iranians actually stopped work, maybe, on their bomb four years ago.

President Bush himself, though blindsided by the National Intelligence Estimate, further added to public confusion with his praise of the "good work" of the men who had betrayed him again. This sounded familiarly like his famous praise for Michael ("You're doing a good job, Brownie") Brown, the FEMA chief who bungled the early recovery efforts in New Orleans. If anybody in town is entitled to his contempt for the intelligence services that misled him about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and now Iranian nuclear research, it's George W. Bush.

Friends of the intelligence services insist they do some things well, though beyond a talent for spending money without adult supervision it's not clear what that might be. James Bond, none of these guys are. Not even Miss Moneypenny. Over the past half-century, the intelligence agencies missed the development of the Soviet bomb, the Chinese bomb, the nuclear standoff between Pakistan and India, and the sudden emergence of the North Korean nuclear threat. Nobody's perfect, and some people suggest, perhaps not entirely in jest, that the new estimate is an attempt to get it right, one way or the other. A stopped clock is correct twice a day.

The bureaucratic backside-covering began yesterday. Donald Kerr, the deputy director of national intelligence, told a House subcommittee that, well, after all, the intelligence report released this week doesn't tell the full picture. Iran still has "the most important" component of its nuclear weapons research, the uranium-enrichment plant, intact. Iran is still working on ballistic missiles. "We did not in any way suggest that Iran was benign for the future. What we had to do was address the evidence we had, that at least part of their program [was] suspended in 2003." Besides, he said, the assessment concluded with "moderate confidence" that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who vows to "wipe Israel off the map," still wants a weapons capability. Mr. Kerr noted that this latest estimate includes a thousand "source notes."

Speaking for a lot of the rest of us, Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas, a Republican, told him the work of the intelligence agencies is a puzzle, and suggested that headquarters has got too big, too soft, too comfortable, without enough agents in the field. The congressman wants to trade "source notes" for real people.

The Bush administration is trying to make the best of this latest debacle, with the president's earnest assertion that this is actually "heartening news" because "it's a way to rally our partners." This strikes most of us as a particularly forlorn hope, like Mr. Micawber's confidence that in spite of all evidence "something will turn up."

We might put down intelligence failures to benign incompetence but for the evidence that something more sinister is at work. One U.S. official who has worked with the three chief authors of the National Intelligence Estimate — Thomas Fingar, Vann Van Diepen and Kenneth Brill, all one-time officers at the State Department and now in the office of the director of national intelligence — calls the intelligence estimate a political exercise to torpedo George W.'s attempt to prevent a new Islamic bomb in Iran. The diplomats want only more teacup diplomacy that doesn't work. The message they read in the tea leaves at the bottom of the cup is clear: We can all go back to sleep.

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