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December 2, 2014

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 May 17, 2012 / 25 Iyar, 5772

Missile Defense Is for Wimps

By Clifford D. May






When it comes to national security, there's no time like manana


JewishWorldReview.com | Last week, the major media focused on issues of global consequence — like whether Mitt Romney and his “prep school posse” engaged in forcible hair-cutting almost a half-century ago. Most journalists had little time or patience for the issue preoccupying the majority on the House Armed Services Committee: whether Americans should have the right and capability to defend themselves from missile attacks.

Of course, the Associated Press covers just about everything, no matter how trivial, so it did produce a brief dispatch, emphasizing — in typically objective fashion — what it saw as the real news: “Republicans injected presidential politics into the debate, questioning President Obama’s commitment to missile defense.”

The unmitigated gall! Just because Senator Obama, in January of 2001, said on television, “I, for example, don’t agree with a missile-defense system,” is that any reason to question his commitment to missile defense? Besides, views . . . evolve. In 2008, presidential candidate Obama pledged to cut $10 billion from missile defense — about $1 billion more than the U.S. was spending on it at that time. Some Republicans tried to spin that, too, as suggesting a less-than-robust commitment to missile defense.

More recently, President Obama, not realizing he was speaking into a “hot mic,” told Russian then-president Dmitri Medvedev to tell now-president Vladimir Putin that Obama will have more “flexibility” on missile defense after November’s elections. Let’s be honest: There are Americans who oppose the U.S.’s remaining permanently vulnerable to a Russian missile attack. Medvedev and Putin find this attitude insensitive — so much so that the chief of the Russian general staff has said that if Americans persist in seeking the capability to defend themselves from Russia, “a decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken.”

For some unfathomable reason, Senator Jon Kyl took that amiss. For more than a quarter-century, Kremlin leaders have “wanted to prevent the U.S. from developing effective missile defenses,” he wrote, but the right to self-defense should not be given up — certainly not “as a quid pro quo for the yet-to-be-realized benefits of ‘re-set’ with Russia.” Take a chill pill, Jon!

Because you’re busy and eager to get back to more important matters — such as the sudden “evolution” of Obama’s views on gay marriage — let’s cut to the two facts you need to know about the current missile-defense brouhaha: (1) NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen recently pointed out that more than 30 countries have acquired or are working to acquire ballistic-missile technology, and that this represents “a grave and growing threat.” (2) The U.S. has missile interceptors based in California and Alaska — not enough of them, if you ask hawks, but what else would you expect hawks to say? In any case, those western-based interceptors can probably protect Hollywood and Berkeley. So riddle me this: Why are Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee now also pushing to spend money on a missile-defense site on the East Coast? Other than New York and Washington, what is there to defend on the East Coast?

Besides, General Charles Jacoby, the head of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, told Congress earlier this year: “Today’s threats do not require an East Coast missile field, and we do not have plans to do so.”

Spot on. Today’s threats do not require that. As for tomorrow’s threats, we can worry about them tomorrow. When it comes to national security, the lesson we should have learned since 9/11is this: There’s no time like mañana.

Now, there is intelligence (it’s not TOP SECRET, so I won’t have to kill you if I tell you: The Defense Department’s “Iran Military Power Report of 2010”) predicting that not tomorrow but by 2015 Iran is likely to have intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach the United States — including the East Coast. That means if we build an East Coast site after the Iranians acquire that capability, we’ll only be vulnerable to a missile attack from Iran for a few short years. Most Americans can deal with a little additional danger. We’re not a nation of wimps!

One more scenario not to lose sleep over: the possibility of a short-range missile being launched from a ship in the Atlantic. Who would do such a thing? Terrorists? Maybe you haven’t heard, but the War on Terror is over. As for Iranian proxies of the sort who suicide-bombed the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut in 1983 and plotted recently to blow up a restaurant in Georgetown, frankly I’m more concerned that the rates on federally subsidized student loans could rise above 3.4 percent.

True, the 2004 report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack called a missile attack from a ship an extremely serious risk. But let me tell you something in strictest confidence: The guys on these commissions are geeks — scientists and engineers who never took a single college course in “conflict resolution.” So why would we listen to them about missile defense and the threat to our communities and children?

Finally, as the AP points out — in the very first sentence of its dispatch, because it’s really important — by attempting to spend more money for missile defense, Republicans are “rejecting  . . . Democratic complaints that the . . . project amounts to wasteful spending in a time of tight budgets.”

Count on the AP to fearlessly expose such hypocrisy! I’ll bet you a dollar — I can’t afford more in this time of tight budgets — that some of the people trying to lavish taxpayer money on missile defense are tightwads when it comes to truly critical issues such as guaranteeing that all Americans have access to “free” contraception. Perhaps they’ve forgotten what the U.S. Constitution says about the inalienable right to contraception. As for the federal government’s constitutional obligation to defend the lives of the American people — I think that was repealed a few years back. I think I learned that in college, in Conflict Resolution 101.


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Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism. A veteran news reporter, foreign correspondent and editor (at The New York Times and other publications), he has covered stories in more than two dozen countries, including Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, China, Uzbekistan, Northern Ireland and Russia. He is a frequent guest on national and international television and radio news programs, providing analysis and participating in debates on national security issues.




Previously:


05/10/12: The Real Palestinian Refugee Problem
05/03/12: The Foggiest War
04/19/12: Law Games
04/19/12: Liberate 'Zones of Electronic Repression'!
04/12/12: Dare we actually listen to the Islamists?
04/05/12: Lone-wolf terrorists are a growing threat. Moderate Muslims are among those in the crosshairs
03/29/12: The Diplomats' Dilemma
03/22/12: 'Destroy All the Churches'
03/15/12: A Guide for the Perplexed Fareed Zakaria
03/08/12: How to Stop Putting Gas in the Islamist Tank
03/01/12: (War) Crimes and Punishment
02/24/12: Al-Qaeda's Big Fat Iranian Wedding
02/16/12: Listening to the Syrian Resistance
02/09/12: Are Sanctions Working? If the purpose is to penalize Iran's rulers for their crimes and discourage civilized people from buying blood oil, yes
01/26/12: If Pakistan fails it, there must be consequences
01/19/12: How terrorists lose their stigma
01/12/12: Muslims Attacked! But they are the wrong types of Muslims, so who cares?
01/06/12: The Historian, the Diplomat, and the Spy
12/29/11: Iran and Al-Qaeda: Together again for the first time
12/22/11: The Case for Palestinian Nationalism
12/15/11: What's Islam Got to Do with It?
12/09/11: Buried Treasure
11/24/11: What Would the Gipper Do?
11/17/11: Appease, temporize, posture and gesture?
11/11/11: Brave New Transnational Progressive World
11/03/11: What's Wrong with Economic Justice?
10/27/11: Autocracies United
10/20/11: The most critical threat confronting America
10/13/11: We've Been Warned
10/06/11: Anwar Al-Awlaki's American Journey
09/22/11: Cheney Got It Right on Syrian Nukes
09/15/11: The European Caliphate
09/08/11: Disoriented: The state of too many Western leaders ten years after 9/11/01
09/01/11: Palestinian Leaders to Seek the UN's Blessing . . . for a two-state solution. For a two-stage execution
08/25/11: Better understanding of Islamist experience needed
08/18/11: The Arab Spring and Europe's fall
08/11/11: Borrowing from Communists to pay Jihadis?
07/28/11: Who's to Blame for Terrorism?
07/28/11: Do Somali pirates have legitimate gripe?
07/21/11: Why Bashar al-Assad matters to the West--- and what the Obama administration still doesn't grasp
07/07/11: MAD in the 21st Century





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