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 July 3, 2013/ 25 Tamuz, 5773

Is Obama a wimp?

By Robert Robb

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Is President Barack Obama a wimp?

Although the phrasing is usually more refined, that's basically the characterization the right is making of the president on the international stage. Because Obama is insufficiently assertive, goes the narrative, the United States is getting ignored or pushed around by other countries.

China and Russia thumb their nose at the United States over Edward Snowden, the leaker of NSA snooping programs, rather than turning him over for prosecution.

Iran marches steadily toward acquiring a nuclear weapon. Russia, Iran and Hezbollah continue to arm Bashar al-Assad's authoritarian regime in Syria, shrugging off U.S. protests and blocking any meaningful international pressure on him.

The Middle East seems to be descending into anti-American chaos rather than progressing toward democratic and pro-Western governance, while the Obama administration remains passive and disengaged.

Now, there is much to criticize regarding Obama's foreign policy. He came to office with an unwarranted belief that a more benign and less chauvinistic United States could get other countries to follow our lead and do good deeds through international organizations, such as the United Nations. But good will doesn't constitute much of a foreign policy. Other counties operate on the basis of calculated self-interest and assume that so does the United States, regardless of what lofty rhetoric we clothe our actions in.

Let's be blunt: There's little to show for Obama's approach to foreign policy. The Muslim world doesn't like us any better. Russia is no more cooperative after the famous reset than before. China is no more helpful with respect to North Korea, or anything else for that matter. Iran is still moving toward a bomb.

Where the right gets its critique wrong is in the assertion that a different foreign policy would produce materially better results.

Conservative critics chronically complain that, under Obama, there are no consequences for other countries not doing what we want. But they are nearly always vague about what specific consequences should be applied in specific circumstances.

What specific consequences should the United States inflict on China for letting Snowden sneak out of the country rather than turning him over?

In 2001, a Chinese fighter jet bumped into and crippled a U.S. spy plane. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Chinese territory. The Chinese held the crew for 11 days and the plane for three months.

And what were the consequences the George W. Bush administration inflicted upon China for a far-greater provocation than not honoring an extradition treaty? The United States reimbursed China for the crew's food and lodging during detainment.

China is an important trading partner and a geopolitical rival. It also cares less about what the United States thinks than any country in the post-World War II era. Consequences require leverage. With China, the United States has precious little.

Russia clearly views the United States principally as a geopolitical rival. Even though the United States no longer views Russia that way, so long as that's Russia perspective, there's little in the relationship that Russia particularly cares about losing.

The right does have a prescription in Syria: a no-fly zone and arm the rebels sufficiently to tip the scales. The assurances that this will turn out well come from the same soothsayers who were sure that toppling Saddam Hussein would result in a stable, democratic, pro-Western Iraq that would serve as a buffer against Iran and an example for the rest of the Middle East. Iraq is becoming an Iranian ally, edging toward renewed uncontrolled sectarian violence, with one of the most corrupt governments in the world.

There are certain realities no American foreign policy can change. We continue to have the only military in the world with truly global reach, but without the perception of imminent military threats, that doesn't buy us much diplomatically anymore. And the economic advancement of other countries means that our soft power doesn't go as far either.

This is not the United States declining, which we might be able to do something about. It's other countries rising, which we really can't do anything about, and shouldn't if we could.

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