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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 April 22, 2011 18 Nissan, 5771

Stingy at home, but free-spending abroad

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What is all this crazy talk about the United States government spending too much money and running up huge bills it cannot pay? Why all this shrieking and hair-pulling on Capitol Hill over deficit reduction and increasing the debt limit?

Talk about a tempest in a tea bag. The United States is rolling in dough. We have so much of it, in fact, that we are dropping it on foreign countries. In the form of bombs and missiles.

We are so rich, we are financing our third war, this one in Libya, and picking up not only our own costs, but much of NATO’s costs as well.

On March 18, President Obama said the United States would be actively involved in any military action against Libya for “days, not weeks.”

Libya was going to be our abet-it-and-forget-it war. But here it is more than a month later, and we are still actively involved. The official Pentagon estimate is that the war in Libya cost us $608 million for the first 17 days.

Some think that is a laughable underestimate, however, except that nobody is laughing. Forbes reported at the end of March that “what looks like an inexpensive military operation in Libya is actually costing taxpayers about $2 billion per day.”

Remember how Democrats and Republicans in Congress wrestled back and forth recently, nearly shutting down the government over a lousy $38 billion? Heck, we’ve already burned through that in Libya and Muammar Qadhafi is still thumbing his nose at us from Tripoli.

Technically, the air war in Libya is being fought by NATO. But the United States, in addition to paying for our own forces, pays about a quarter of NATO’s budget.

The numbers get kind of dazzling, but according to the Fiscal Times: The United States now pays NATO $90.2 million for its civil budget, $462.5 million for its military budget and $259 million for NATO’s Security Investment Program, which covers radar bases, airfields, fuel pipelines, etc.

That is about $811.7 million per year. And how is NATO doing in Libya, by the way? Not all that well.

According to a NATO spokesman, “Qadhafi is fighting a war on several fronts. What’s still not clear a month into the fight is whether the rebels have the ability to exploit Qadhafi’s weakness by mounting a new offensive, taking ground, holding it all while continuing to their march toward Tripoli.”

Oh, is that all?

Not all of NATO is engaged in Libya. Germany says it supports NATO’s goals but doesn’t want any part of the fighting.

Winslow Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information, says the German decision not to join in the mission reflects the divisions within NATO.

“Nobody attacked any NATO country, so I don’t know why NATO is involved,” Wheeler said. “The German decision is a more appropriate one than the American decision. They don’t see the rest of the world as their problem.”

But we do. Obama appears to conflate the civil war in Libya with the Rwandan genocide of 1994 in which 500,000 to 1 million people were murdered. The numbers in Libya are nothing like that, but I suppose Obama can claim they would have been if the United States had not acted.

The United States and NATO were hoping air power alone would be enough to defeat Qadhafi, but this no longer seems likely, and Britain, France and Italy are now moving military “advisers” into Libya to try to organize the rebels and perhaps stop them from firing their guns into the air all the time.

“The big question is, how long does Qaddafi hold out?” asks Ray Dubois, a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “He’s got a lot of gold bullion buried in the desert and lots of hundred-dollar bills hidden in suitcases. He’s not about to retire to the south of France.”

The European press is full of ominous references to “mission creep” and “Vietnam” and “exit strategies.” The NATO countries are not exactly rolling in euros these days - - only 14 of the 28 NATO members are even participating in the Libyan war - - and there is talk that the fighting is already too expensive to be sustained for very long.

But Europe should take a page from the U.S. playbook: War is never too expensive. Heck, we are fighting three of them. Remember Iraq and Afghanistan? They haven’t gone away, we’re still paying for them and according to an article in Stars and Stripes: “Joseph Stiglitz, who received the 2000 Nobel Prize for Economics, and Linda Bilmes, a public policy professor at Harvard University, predict that the combined costs (including health care of vets) will likely push the true long-term cost of the wars over the $4 trillion mark.”

Which worries me a little: A trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon we are talking about real money.

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