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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 June 25, 2014 / 27 Sivan, 5774

Obama about to lose a war his predecessor won

By Jack Kelly




JewishWorldReview.com | Iraq will go down in history as one of President Barack Obama's greatest achievements, Vice President Joe Biden said in 2010, cementing his reputation as the biggest dunce ever to serve in that office.

As an Islamist army led by a man who was in U.S. custody until Mr. Obama became president marches on Baghdad, the headless corpses of hundreds of men, women and children strewn in its wake, liberals who mocked President George W. Bush for making a speech with a "Mission Accomplished" banner in the background have fallen silent.

It's no surprise the tragedy unfolding in Iraq surprised the White House. Every development overseas seems to come as a shock to this president and his crack foreign policy team.

But it appears also to have caught our bloated intelligence community "flat-footed." Perhaps the IC should spend less of its $50 billion budget spying on us, more to spy on our enemies.

Mr. Obama's swap of five Taliban leaders for, as Mad Magazine put it, "one deserting weasel," is tantamount to surrender in the war he escalated. More than 70 percent of the 2,331 Americans who've died in Afghanistan have been killed since he became president. They died, apparently, for a photo op.

In Iraq the president is about to do what no other world leader, no matter how feckless, has ever done before: lose a war his predecessor had won.

By the summer of 2008, al Qaida in Iraq had been soundly defeated. The troop surge - and the shift in strategy to emphasize protecting the Iraqi people - had worked.

All that was needed then to preserve the peace was to leave some troops behind - 14,000 to 18,000, the ISAF commander recommended - to train Iraqi security forces, back them up if necessary. But to claim credit for Mr. Bush's victory, Mr. Obama needed the symbolism of withdrawal of all U.S. troops.

"By declining to provide a long-term security assistance force to an Iraq not yet able to handle the fight itself, we pulled defeat from the jaws of victory," wrote Iraq war vet John Nagl in the Washington Post.

"We were so eager to leave, that we didn't care to ensure the Iraq we left behind was prepared to endure," wrote Iraq war vet Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America. "Instead, we rushed to the exits—consequences to be damned."



We're reaping those consequences now. The goal of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is to create an Islamist "caliphate" throughout the Middle East. It's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had been imprisoned in Camp Bucca in Iraq, but was set free when President Obama ordered the prison closed in 2009.

(By the bye, Mohammad Fazl, one of the five Taliban leaders exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, played a critical role in al Qaida's preparation for the 9/11 attacks, reports Thomas Joscelyn of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.)

As is customary, the chief concern in the White House is how the crisis will affect the president's image. If the U.S. embassy has to be evacuated, thousands who trusted the United States left behind to be murdered, the "optics" would be bad.

If Mr. Obama responds to Iraq's desperate pleas for help, it'll likely be because of his vanity. His flip-flopping over Syria and supineness in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine convinced foreign leaders, and a majority of Americans, that he's a weenie. If he does nothing to help Iraq, all but the looniest loons will regard him as the weeniest of weenies.

He won't support "a one shot strike that looks good for the camera," said the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, so if the president orders military action, it'll have to be for real.

Heads will explode among Democrats if he does. They'd like to ignore what's happening in Iraq, as they ignored what happened in Vietnam in 1975. But the communist c

onquest of South Vietnam posed a threat only to the South Vietnamese who trusted us. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, may exaggerate a bit when he says a terrorist takeover in Iraq is "an existential threat to the United States." But ISIS presents a far more grave threat than al Qaida ever did.

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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.

© 2014, Jack Kelly

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