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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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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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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

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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

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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

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Jewish World Review April 2, 2009 / 8 Nissan 5769

The Moscow delusion

By Rich Lowry


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | One would think Barack Obama would have learned something about the limits of his personal charm at the G-20 summit in London. Even with the hated George W. Bush back in Texas, the anarchists still rage in the streets, the French and Germans still hate "Anglo-Saxon-style" capitalism, and the nations of the world still won't take dictation — on the need for a coordinated, global stimulus — from Washington.


But Obama's faith that his fresh attitude — more flexible and thoughtful — will in itself open new international vistas is unshaken. It's on that basis that he hit "reset" with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev at the London meeting, in a joint statement touted by the international press as one of the summit's few accomplishments.


Obama and Medvedev agreed to negotiate a new arms-control treaty and work together on a host of initiatives from the Afghan War to the Iranian nuclear program. Medvedev — and his master, Vladimir Putin — must be delighted enough to consider sanctioning the beating of yet another meddlesome journalist in celebration.


"[The meeting] brought Russia a shot of prestige, upbeat headlines about nuclear-arms cuts and a powerful signal that Moscow has the ear of the new U.S. president," The Associated Press wrote. "The price tag for Russia so far: virtually zero." Medvedev likes that price point.


"We, the leaders of Russia and the United States, are ready to move beyond Cold War mentalities," the joint statement said. With no apparent sense of irony, both sides also pledged to reinstitute a Cold War-style arms-control process, with an alphabet soup of treaties and elaborate compliance mechanisms that recall the days when the fate of the world hung on the U.S.-Soviet nuclear balance.


The Russians revel in this. It makes them feel important and puts the focus on nuclear warheads, their last truly impressive measure of national power. It might be worth indulging the Russians in endless arms-control talk — in fact, it's a perfect assignment for Vice President Joe Biden — if it were part of a broader strategic scheme from which the U.S. would benefit. Instead, the arms-control process will likely become an end in itself.


The Obama administration wants to win Russian cooperation in squeezing the Iranian nuclear program. To this end, its chief bargaining chip is the proposed U.S. missile-defense site in Poland. The Russians pretend that this site — designed to defend against a threat emanating from Iran — will neutralize Moscow's nuclear arsenal. How 10 interceptors can work this magic against 2,800 warheads is never explained.


The flaw with the bargaining chip is that everyone knows it is worthless to Obama. Even if the Russians had no objection, the administration would want rid of the missile-defense site — if it could eliminate the two sites here in the U.S., it would do that, too. Obama officials are suffused with the left's instinctive hostility to missile defense, an ideological reflex left over from the Cold War.


The Russians can surely get Obama to ditch missile defense in exchange for a more cooperative-sounding version of the same double game they've been playing on Iran. They can cite their votes for Security Council resolutions sanctioning Iran — once they've been watered down to meaninglessness. At the same time they continue to build Iran's reactor at Bushehr and provide the regime sophisticated conventional arms, including air defenses.


It's foolish to think the Russians behave this way out of pique at George W. Bush. The Russians have a geo-political goal of establishing dominance again in as much of Eastern Europe and Central Asia as possible, and will do whatever necessary to achieve it — from cutting off fuel to Ukraine, to invading Georgia, to getting us kicked out of our air base in Kyrgyzstan. They view us as a rival power to be frustrated, and therefore our enemy Iran is — if not their friend — their useful foil.


Barack Obama didn't claim to see Medvedev's soul, but demonstrates his own form of naivete.

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