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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 March 3, 2011 / 27 Adar I, 5771

White House still has no post-Gadhafi plans

By Paul Richter






Though backing the Libyan revolution, has no idea who is in charge

Predictions that chaos will ensue once the dictator is overthrown


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) The Obama administration has emphatically called for Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to step down, and has pledged assistance to the rebels seeking to overthrow him.

Yet the U.S. has far less clarity on a key issue: Who's in charge of the Libyan revolution?

U.S. diplomats this week began an intense effort to communicate with the protesters, seeking to understand who is leading the rebels and their long-term goals. But after three days of calls to Libya from U.S. Ambassador Gene Cretz in Washington, as well as from officials in the U.S. embassy in Rome, both of those questions remain unanswered, officials say.

"There are a lot of disparate views out there," sighed a senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive diplomacy. Many of the figures who appear to be calling the shots in Libya "are really obscure," the official said. "And they really don't know yet what they want to do."

Trying to figure out who's going to end up in charge, the official said, is like trying to figure out "who's going to be the Republican nominee in 2012."

The issue is not just academic. U.S. officials are trying to decide how to provide humanitarian relief to thousands of people who are fleeing Libya, and are also weighing whether to provide military assistance against Gadhafi's forces.

David Mack, a former senior U.S. official who had a major role in trying to determine which Iraqis spoke for the Iraqi public, said "after that experience, my advice to the administration is: caveat emptor."

Unlike Iraq, U.S. officials said they don't need to install new leaders in Libya. But they do need to figure out who can speak for Libya at a time when international support is an urgent issue.

One Libyan who has become prominent during the uprising is an elderly former Libyan justice minister, Mustafa Abdel Jalil. Jalil spoke out against Gadhafi even before the demonstrations, and many Americans and Libyans who know him praise him as a firm believer in the rule of law.


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But U.S. officials say it remains unclear who Jalil speaks for.

"He's somebody who's stood up and offered to be a player … It's anybody's guess whether he will turn out to be a player," the official said.

During his 41-year rule, Gadhafi has tried to eliminate rivals and prevent Libya from developing strong public institutions, such as the military, that could produce successors. The country has no opposition political parties and a military that — unlike Egypt, for example — has been weak and divided, because Gadhafi wanted to prevent any threat to his power.

Many of those who have stepped forward are middle class professional people who aren't well known. Another source of leaders could be the 140 or so Libyan tribes, which Gadhafi tried but failed to marginalize.

Other potential leaders include diplomats, such as former Libyan Ambassador to the United States Ali Suleiman Aujali, or deputy Libyan ambassador to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbashi. Both of the officials have denounced Gadhafi.

Another potential leader is Abdel Fatah Younis, a former Libyan general and interior minister, who resigned Feb. 22 and called on the army to join the upheaval.

But it is already clear that those who worked for Gadhafi will be unacceptable to others who have supported the leader's overthrow.

Omar Khattaly, a Libyan American with the pro-democracy Libya Working Group, said, "We want to start afresh in Libya, with new faces."

Some regional experts believe there is a chance that a Libyan military veteran will emerge, as Gadhafi did when he took over as a 27-year-old military officer.

"Gadahfi did it, and it's possible another could, too," said Bruce St. John, a veteran Libya specialist.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Wednesday that Libya might develop no strong central government, causing parts of the country to emerge as havens for terrorists.

"One of our biggest concerns is Libya descending into chaos and becoming a giant Somalia," she told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She noted that many of the Qaida fighters in Afghanistan had come from eastern Libya, and might return.

There are also a number of Libyan opposition groups scattered around the globe that have been watching with keen interest.

But many of those opposition figures acknowledge that their long absences have pushed them into the background of Libyan politics and that the leading roles in any post-Gadhafi world most likely would fall to rebels inside the country.


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