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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

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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 March 22, 2011 / 17 Adar II, 5771

Obama's Libya decision likely to further weaken his re-election allure

By Paul Richter and Christi Parsons








http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) The fierce, American-led air assault on Libya is coming under growing political fire both at home and abroad, throwing the White House on the defensive and raising potential problems for President Barack Obama as he plans his 2012 re-election campaign.

High-altitude bombers from an international coalition pounded Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi's air defense and other military facilities for the third night Monday as the White House juggled another foreign policy crisis: the mounting challenge to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime in Yemen, which has been a crucial ally in U.S. counterterrorism efforts against al-Qaida.

Several of Yemen's military leaders, and senior members of its diplomatic corps, announced they were siding with protesters seeking to topple Saleh's regime.

Obama, who continued his five-day tour of Latin America, defended his administration's muscular approach in Libya, saying it was "very easy to square our military actions and our stated policies."

Speaking in Chile, Obama said U.S. military forces will focus narrowly on preventing Gadhafi's army from attacking Libyan civilians, as mandated in the resolution approved last week by the United Nations Security Council. But Obama also acknowledged that "Gadhafi needs to go."

He said the United States also will utilize non-military means, including economic sanctions and an arms embargo, to try to dislodge Gadhafi, who has held power since launching a military coup in 1969.

Earlier Monday, Obama sent a letter to congressional leaders assuring them that the administration is seeking a "rapid, but responsible transition" of military command of the Libyan operation to other members of the U.N.-backed coalition. The letter followed complaints that the president had failed to consult Congress before going to war.

Political analysts say Obama could benefit politically if Gadhafi is quickly ousted, or if the military effort to protect civilians and impose a no-fly zone produces a quick and relatively bloodless resolution. But if Gadhafi clings to power in Tripoli, and the conflict degrades into a brutal stalemate, criticism is likely to mount.

Complaints already have started to escalate. Some early advocates of military intervention, including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., complained that Obama may have waited too late to help the opposition in Libya.

A contingent of liberal Democrats, normally allied to the president, condemned the use of military force. Some conservatives, as well as foreign policy experts, argued that Libya is not a vital U.S. strategic interest.


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An anti-war group announced plans for protests in Los Angeles, Chicago and nine other cities this week.

"The president seems to have angered almost every major group: He's either done too much, or too little, or he's done it too slowly," said James Lindsay, a former official in the Clinton White House official who is now with the Council on Foreign Relations. "There's a very real political risk for Barack Obama in all of this.

Among the critics Monday was Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who is widely respected for his understanding of foreign policy and has often sided with the administration.

"There needs to be a plan about what happens after Gadhafi," Lugar said. "Who will be in charge then, and who pays for this all? President Obama, so far, has only expressed vague hopes."

Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., complained that Americans haven't been given "clear statement of foreign policy," an understanding of who the Libyan rebels are, or a proper presentation of the issue to the public.

"This isn't the way our system is supposed to work," he said on MSNBC.

A group of liberal Democrats, including Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York, Donna Edwards of Maryland, Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, and Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee of California, issued a statement over the weekend saying they "all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president's actions."

Complaints also came from the Arab League, which initially called for imposing a no-fly zone in Libya, a decision that helped persuade the White House to join the fight. Russia's prime minister, Vladimir Putin, lashed out at Washington for launching what he called "a crusade," saying it justified Russia's military buildup.

Putin accused the United States of invading Iraq under "a completely false pretext," and destroying the leadership of that country. "Now it is Libya's turn, under the pretext of protecting the civilian population," he said. "But it is because of bombing strikes on the territory that the civilian population dies. Where is logic and conscience?"

Administration officials acknowledge the political risks of yet another U.S. military engagement in the Muslim world, after Iraq and Afghanistan, at a time when polls show most Americans want the president to focus on the battered economy. But they argue that president's insistence that he won't send ground troops, the involvement of other countries, and the promise to hand off command will help bolster support for Obama.

If this becomes a long-term military campaign with casualties, that's potentially a big public opinion hit for him," said Bryon Adams, vice president of Wilson Research Strategies, an opinion survey firm. He cited figures from the Pew Research Center showing that less one-third of Americans believe the United States had a responsibility to act in Libya.

Political analysts note abundant signs that even before the Obama administration intervened in Libya, the American public had become weary of war. Polls suggest as many as two out of three Americans no longer believe America's involvement in Afghanistan is worth the cost.

Adding to the administration's woes is widening concern that its strategic plan is only half written, as some officials have acknowledged. It is unclear how the White House and its allies intend to reach their ultimate goal, which is to try to displace Gadhafi, through use of a military no-fly zone.

Robert Danin, a former State Department official who is a Mideast specialist, said he could not imagine how the mission could prove a political winner for Obama.

Americans are likely to worry, he said, that the United States will be stuck with part of the bill for rebuilding Libya, as it has been for Iraq, Afghanistan and to a lesser extent in Pakistan and Egypt. And U.S. officials, he noted, are still unsure if the anti-Gadhafi forces are necessarily pro-America and pro-democracy.

"The politics of this are just bad," Danin said.


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