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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

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review May 10, 2006 / 12 Iyar, 5766

Hayden nomination as long planned Bush counter-offensive?

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | By selecting Air Force General Michael Hayden to replace Porter Goss as CIA director, the president has made many in Congress unhappy.

"I think putting a general in charge, regardless of how good Mike is...is going to send the wrong signal," said Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. "You can't have the military control major aspects of intelligence," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Mr. Hoekstra and Ms. Feinstein were being disingenuous. They both know that eight of the 16 agencies that comprise the "Intelligence Community" are in the Department of Defense, which consumes 80 percent of the overall intelligence budget. And they both know, or ought to, that of the 19 CIA directors, seven have been generals or admirals.

Rep. Hoekstra probably is miffed at the apparently brusque treatment given his friend Porter Goss, who was his predecessor as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Mr. Goss' abrupt (at least to us) resignation prompted much speculation over the weekend. The most plausible is that he lost a power struggle with the new Director of National Intelligence, John Negroponte. But that doesn't explain the apparent suddenness of his departure.

Porter Goss took over a dysfunctional institution. The CIA had been caught flat-footed by 9/11, and Saddam's WMD was not the "slam dunk" Mr. Goss' predecessor, George Tenet, had assured President Bush it would be.

Purges in the Carter and Clinton administrations stripped the CIA of its most experienced clandestine officers. The CIA today gathers little intelligence, and does a poor job of analyzing intelligence gathered (mostly) by others.

What the CIA has excelled at is interfering in domestic politics. Bush administration policy has been undermined by selective leaks to liberal journalists, most notably about the NSA communications intercept program, and "secret prisons" (probably safe houses) in Europe where high ranking al Qaida captives have been kept.

Porter Goss tried, with some success, to clear out the deadwood at the top; rebuild the CIA's moribund HUMINT capabilities, and plug the leaks.

So far, only one leaker -- Mary McCarthy, protege of Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger -- has been publicly identified and fired. Some conservatives fear that Mr. Goss' departure means the leak hunt is over.

"Now that the CIA's Praetorian Guard has rid itself of Porter Goss, the CIA is confidently preparing to march back into the intelligence dark ages," wrote Jed Babbin, a former deputy undersecretary of defense.

"Two weeks after Porter takes one of the biggest steps to send a clear signal around the agency on leaks, he loses his job," Rep. Hoekstra told the New York Sun. "I don't know how people will read this."

I think the appointment of Gen. Hayden in spite of (or maybe because of) the opposition to him, indicates the opposite.

Porter Goss was trying to shovel out an Augean stable. But when the horse manure gets piled too high, it's easier to shut down the stable, and open another. This is what I think the Hayden nomination portends.

Congress created the DNI position on the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, which was miffed that the CIA and FBI did not share terrorism information with each other, or with other federal agencies.

Negroponte and Goss reportedly quarreled over Negroponte's plan to move much of the CIA's analysis function to a joint center that would report directly to him. This would permit Negroponte to pluck the analysts that are worth a damn from the CIA, leaving the deadwood to moulder.

Currently Negroponte's deputy, Gen. Hayden was for five years head of the National Security Agency, where he established the NSA intercept program. The leak hunt will continue.

And Gen. Hayden likely will transfer to the Defense department responsibility for paramilitary operations, where it has always belonged. In short, the CIA under Gen. Hayden will shrink to the size warranted by its current performance, not its past pretensions.

Democrats say they plan to make an issue of the NSA wiretap program during his confirmation hearings. The president and Gen. Hayden seem to welcome that fight. The last time Democrats criticized the program, their poll numbers plummeted.

The key thing to remember is that this is a fight President Bush picked. He chose the time. He chose the ground.

Since the spring of 2003, President Bush has been playing defense against the political fallout generated by intelligence leaks. The Hayden nomination may be the start of a long planned counter-offensive.

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