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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

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 Feb. 28, 2011 / 24 Adar I, 5771

Obama looks to Europe to take principal role in Libyan crisis

By Paul Richter and David S. Cloud






Is President being cautious or sending signals of unpreparedness?


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Despite growing calls in the U.S. for action, the Obama administration is carefully limiting the American role in the unfolding international effort to halt the killing of Libyan demonstrators by dictator Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

U.S. officials have been pushing European countries to take the lead in world powers' response to Gadhafi, arguing that the Europeans have closer ties and more leverage. U.S. officials also want to limit military involvement in what could be a protracted civil war, coming at a time when U.S. forces are overstretched in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"This is predominately a European problem, in the sense that they are the ones who have the most at stake," said a senior U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive diplomacy.

U.S. officials have been working for days with European officials, including at the United Nations Security Council, to prepare multilateral and unilateral sanctions against the regime. These include freezes on the leadership's financial assets, an arms embargo and travel restrictions, as well as possible recommendations for war crimes charges in the International Criminal Court.

The White House on Friday announced plans to impose unspecified U.S. sanctions on Gadhafi, and for the first time singled out Gadhafi personally for criticism.

Gadhafi "is overseeing the brutal treatment of his people … and his legitimacy has been reduced to zero in the eyes of his people," said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary.

U.S. officials had avoided comments about Gadhafi while hundreds of American diplomats and other citizens were in Libya. But Washington sharpened its language Friday after about 300 diplomats and other Americans left the country on a ferry, and the State Department temporarily closed down the embassy.

Edward S. Walker Jr., a former top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East, said the administration had to be cautious since Gadhafi's security forces had sacked and burned the U.S. embassy in Tripoli in 1979, at the time of the Iranian revolution. U.S. citizens "escaped by the skin of their teeth," he recalled.


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While the U.S. normalized relations with Libya in 2008, it could not afford to risk a hostage situation, Walker said.

Reports of the deaths of hundreds of Libyan protesters have brought increasing calls for U.S. intervention. A group of 41 former U.S. officials, human rights activists and others sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday warning that "we may be on the threshold of a moral and humanitarian catastrophe," and urged the U.S. and allies to lay plans for a variety of steps, including a halt to Libyan oil imports and establishment of a no-fly zone in Libya.

Omar Khattaly, a Libyan-American and spokesman for the Libyan Working Group, said he understood the desire to have Europeans take the principal role, but believed the U.S. also should make a major effort.

"In this situation, you need help from the superpower," he said.

The U.S. sanctions will take months to produce results and are not likely to affect the bloody clashes between Gadhafi's forces and the demonstrators, most experts say.

The U.S. military's minimal role in the crisis has become noticeable in recent days as several European allies — Great Britain, France and Italy — sent their armed forces to evacuate citizens from Libya. Pentagon officials said they were not asked by the State Department to help in the evacuation of U.S. citizens.

The proximity of Libya to southern Europe is raising the fears of the Italian, French and other governments that the brutal violence will create a humanitarian crisis, with thousands of refugees making their way across the Mediterranean, U.S. officials said.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday after convening an emergency meeting on Libya that the priority should be on evacuation and on humanitarian assistance. He played down the possibility of a no-fly zone, calling it a "far-reaching approach" that could only be undertaken with U.N. approval.

Any U.S. military response to the crisis is likely to be as part of a larger NATO force and even then the U.S. is likely to play a supporting role, the senior U.S. official said.

In one visible sign that the Pentagon is not planning a major role in Libya in the near future, the only U.S. aircraft carrier in the region, the USS Enterprise, left the Mediterranean earlier this month and is now in the Indian Ocean.


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