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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 June 19, 2014 / 21 Sivan, 5774

How Obama increases risks

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As hard as it is to find anyone defending the U.S. war in Iraq these days, Saddam Hussein was a danger to us. This tyrant-in-chief had murdered 300,000 fellow Iraqis, killed tens of thousands of others when he invaded neighbors, had developed chemical and biological weapons, had once pursued nukes, had financed terrorists murdering Israelis and had undeniable links with al-Qaida even if he did not collaborate on 9/11.

Despite sanctions and U.N. resolutions, he was doing deals with European countries and Russia enabling him to begin developing such weapons as long-range missiles, and acknowledged after being captured that he had planned to revive his nuclear armament program. The threat was stopped by a quick U.S. victory followed by an insurgency, then our own surge and finally relative peace and hope.

Peace is gone and the hope is tattered, too, thanks in part to a president whose foreign policy consists of embarrassment about much of our past, lack of tough-mindedness about the future and sometimes growls intermingled with public relations folderol as things go wrong.

What's lately emerged in Iraq is something akin to a new Saddam - ultra-militant Islamic radicals both home-grown and from Syria who have been eating up the countryside as if there were no opposition at all. Obviously, President Barack Obama's mistakes - including a total troop pullout after the war - were not solely responsible for the jihadists wreaking horror in a country we sacrificed American lives to change. The alienating, tyrannical, blundering prime minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Malik, has done his bit, and there are forever forces in this world that even the most brilliant and realistic of policies could not slap aside.

But leaving 10,000 or more U.S. troops on hand could have helped the cause of Iraqi leadership decency and safety from aggression, even if they would have been no absolute guarantee of deterring what we are now witnessing. And don't listen to those who say Obama was left with no option but to pull out entirely. Intense students of the question note negotiating possibilities he quite easily could have grabbed hold of and didn't.


It would also have helped thwart the atrocities and perils of the moment if the United States had long ago given needed weapons to the moderate forces opposing Syria's malevolent dictator in the fighting going on there. We didn't. The proffered reason was that terrorist groups would have gotten them instead. Not so, says Robert Ford, a former U.S. ambassador to Syria under Obama and one of the few officials in recent times who has had integrity and courage enough to depart a malfunctioning administration and speak out. His informed view is that we could have made sure the good guys got the weapons.

Some believe such policies could have helped avert the training and financing of the bloodthirsty Syrian jihadists who have joined up with Iraqi counterparts to form something called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. This is the ambitious group that happily advertised - photos and all - that it had mercilessly executed Iraqi soldiers caught after the fall of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.

No one wants large numbers of U.S. troops back in Iraq at this point, but maybe, possibly, something in the administration's reaction to what's going on will do some good, and it may be that the Iraq government itself will somehow rise to the occasion. But possibly not, and the threat to us is summed up by the ISIS leaders in Iraq who say they plan vengeance on the United States.

President George W. Bush, vilified as Obama has never been, did earn some of the criticism, but he left us more protected than it looks like we might be in a host of ways by the time Obama is through.


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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.



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