In this issue

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 June 4, 2013/ 26 Sivan, 5773

Obama is detached from his administration

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama didn't know security was so lax at our consulate in Benghazi, wasn't aware the IRS was targeting his critics, wasn't told Attorney General Eric Holder was combing through the telephone records of journalists, his aides say.

If so, the president was remarkably detached from what was going on in his administration. His speech at the National Defense University last week indicates he's also remarkably disconnected from what's happening in the world.

"Every war has come to an end," he said. The War on Terror must end, too, so he plans to ask Congress to "refine, and ultimately repeal" the authorization to use military force that Congress passed three days after 9/11.

Wars end either when one side wins (e.g., World Wars I and II), or when the combatants negotiate a settlement (Korea, Vietnam). But evidently Mr. Obama believes he can end this war simply by declaring it to be over.

Would that this were so. Al Qaida attacked us on 9/11. Since then, Islamists have made or attempted 54 more attacks, according to the Heritage Foundation's tally. They'll keep trying to kill us until they're defeated, or have a change of heart.

"There have been no large-scale attacks on the United States, and our homeland is more secure," Mr. Obama said.

Three Americans were killed and 256 injured in the Boston Marathon bombing last month. At Fort Hood in 2009, 13 were killed, 32 injured.

Al-Qaida is on its last legs, thanks to drone strikes against its senior leaders, the president and his aides claimed before the election. This was tantamount to victory, they said.

This claim has been untenable since the attack on our consulate in Benghazi. So in his NDU speech Mr. Obama scaled it down to: "today, the core of al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on the path to defeat."

That could be true, depending on how one defines "core," but is irrelevant, because al-Qaida has relocated. Al-Qaida controls more territory in Mali than it ever did in Afghanistan, the defense editor for the London Telegraph reported in January. Libya is now al-Qaida's main base in Africa, a Libyan intelligence official said in early May. Al-Qaida has become dominant among the rebels in Syria. And a renascent al-Qaida is just one of many Islamist groups conducting jihad against the U.S.

"Our alliances are strong, and so is our standing in the world," the president said.

Confidence in Mr. Obama and approval of his policies has fallen everywhere in the world, according to Pew's annual Global Attitudes survey. In Muslim countries, the percentage of those who approve of the U.S. fell from 25 to 15. And in those Muslim countries, an arc of instability stretches now from Libya to Afghanistan.

The president revived his long dormant call to close Gitmo. Terrorists incarcerated there either would be sent to their home countries (and likely released to attack us again), or brought to prisons here, which is why most Americans oppose this.

Mr. Obama devoted much of his speech to defending drone strikes. This seemed odd, because most Americans support them, and the little liberal minority that has qualms mostly have kept them to themselves. More American citizens have been killed by his drone strikes than al-Qaida leaders were waterboarded during the Bush administration, but most who expressed outrage about the latter have uttered scarcely a peep about the former.

In the future he'll make drone attacks only on terrorists who are a "continuing and imminent threat to the American people," not on terrorists who are merely a "significant threat to U.S. interests," the president said.

How, pray tell, does one distinguish the one from the other?

And he'll authorize drone strikes only if there is a "near certainty" civilians won't be injured. We try hard to limit "collateral damage," but almost never is it possible to take out just the bad guys with a missile strike.

Drone strikes are legal only because of the authorization to use military force the president wants to "refine, and ultimately repeal." So Mr. Obama plans to emasculate the only part of his national security policy that is working, then do away with it entirely.

What we saw at NDU was a debate between Obama the dove of 2008, and Obama the hawk of 2012, said Commentary editor John Podhoretz. It wasn't clear who won, but America lost, because Hamlet makes a lousy commander-in-chief, said former Marine and assistant secretary of defense Bing West.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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