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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 5, 2014 / 3 Adar II, 5774

Echoes of history

By Dick Morris




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | While many are justifiably criticizing President Obama's weak response to the Russian invasion of Crimea, we should dig deeper and ask if his undermining of our defense readiness and his policy of soft diplomacy have actually enabled Vladimir Putin's seizure of the peninsula.

History suggests that when American presidents show weakness, Russia is swift to move in and exploit it. An obvious example is former President Carter's failure to cope with the Iranian hostage crisis, which played a role in encouraging Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev to believe he could get away with invading Afghanistan. But another, even more personal metaphor comes to mind: the way Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev felt he could have his way with the inexperienced new president he faced in 1961.

The first few months of his presidency were not kind to John F. Kennedy. Three months in, he had shown weakness by ordering Cuban exiles to attack at the Bay of Pigs and then failed to order aerial support to the forces trapped on the beach. Then, two months later, President Kennedy met the Soviet leader in Vienna for a summit conference. The new young leader was no match for the wily Soviet tactician. Used to maneuvering around the likes of Stalin, Khrushchev was less than impressed by the young man who confronted him.

After their first session together, Kennedy complained that he had not done well and, reportedly, ordered his doctor to give him shots to improve his energy level. He left Khrushchev with the distinct impression that he was not ready for prime time.

This initial impression of weakness and even naiveté was to have grave consequences that almost plunged the world into war. Within a few months of the Vienna summit, Khrushchev threatened to close the access routes to West Berlin that crossed East German territory. Had he followed through on his threat, the West would have had no alternative but to shoot its way through to supply the isolated but highly symbolic city.



As long as Eisenhower had been president, Khrushchev did not dare to take this fateful step. The former World War II commander could hardly have been accused of naiveté, and a nuclear response was likely to follow any such provocation. But with Kennedy, Khrushchev felt he could take the chance.

The crisis in Berlin forced Kennedy to increase defense spending, call up reserves and threaten a military response, should Khrushchev carry out his threat. The confrontation exposed Soviet weakness and, specifically, its inability to hit the U.S. with nuclear weapons. The resulting outrage among the members of the Soviet Politburo forced Khrushchev's hand and led to the Cuban missile crisis, which put the world on the brink of nuclear war.

Eventually, Kennedy found his sea legs and adjusted to the powers of his office. Khrushchev was forced to revise his opinion of the young president when Kennedy faced him down and forced him to pull missiles out of Cuba.

Has Putin's estimate of Obama led directly to his decision to invade Crimea? Did Obama's inability to stand up to Syrian President Bashar Assad leave the Russian leader with doubts about the American's strength? Did his decision, right after taking office, to scrap American missile deployment in Eastern Europe — handing Putin his cheapest victory — lead the Russians to question our president's strategic sense? Did Obama's cave-in to Iran cause Putin to think he could get away with aggression?

Does Obama's weakness invite aggression as surely as Neville Chamberlain's did?

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