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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 August 29, 2005 / 24 Av, 5765

Declare victory and start packing

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Victory means exit strategy," a critic of the President said, "and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."

That presidential critic was not some left-liberal Democrat. It was then-Gov. George W. Bush of Texas in 1999 talking about President Clinton's war in Bosnia. Funny how time has a way of making politics and politicians go flip-flop.

I'm sure that President Bush is thinking hard about an exit strategy for the U.S. to honorably pull out of Iraq, but he's not sharing it with the rest of us.

If anything is making more sense at this point, it's the George Aiken option: Declare victory and come home.

That's what the late Vermont Republican Sen. Aiken suggested to Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon as Americans sunk deeper into Vietnam's quicksand.

But Bush, in recent speeches designed to pump up his sagging approval ratings, gives us bromides instead, like, "We're going to stay until we get the job done," which also begs the questions: What is "the job"? and What is "done"?

In a recent Newsweek poll that showed 61 percent disapproval for the President's handling of the Iraq war, only 26 percent agreed with his wish to keep American troops there for "as long as it takes." If not, how long?

The question, then, is not whether to leave but when and how. Leaving too soon would be a dishonorable abandonment of our good-faith commitment to the Iraqi people. But staying too long could actually make bad matters worse.

A new reality appears to be sinking in among all but the President's most devoted followers: Our mission has changed. Can we make it better? Or have we done about all we can do? After spending $300 billion and losing more than 1,850 American soldiers, among thousands of other lost lives, has the American presence become an impediment to the process it is trying to shepherd through?

Bush's recent speeches inaccurately cast the war as an us-versus-them battle with terrorists. In fact, the U.S. increasingly looks like an outside force caught in the crossfire of a developing civil war between multiple Iraqi factions, principally emerging out of the old Baath Party and the ethnic factions of Kurds, Shiites and Sunni Muslims.

Everyone agrees that Iraqis need to figure out their own future, for better or worse. But our experience there suggests that our well-intentioned efforts to keep Iraq united and give equal importance to the interests of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds actually has encouraged those factions to make even bigger demands on us and the nation-building process.

"If Iraq in August 2005 qualifies as the political equivalent of a clapped-out, self-abusing dependent," Andrew J. Bacevich, a Boston University professor of international relations and another Vietnam veteran, recently wrote, "then the Bush administration ought to be recognized as being an enabler."

Bush refuses to announce a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal, but his administration has imposed a timetable on Iraqis, pushing them to set up a new constitutional government and security forces and, one hopes, accelerating the day when Americans can begin an honorable troop withdrawal.

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Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) is the first senator to call for a specific pullout deadline, defying the Democratic leadership. His date, Dec. 31, 2006, for all troops to be withdrawn from Iraq is only a "target," not a "deadline," he pointed out, and can be pushed back if circumstances require it.

But, at least, it would put pressure on the Iraqis to work out their disputes while giving Americans an achievable exit strategy more specific than any the President has offered so far.

But, whether Team Bush or Congress goes for a Feingold-style timetable, the administration is facing a very real timetable in terms of next year's midterm elections and, two years after that, the next presidential campaign.

Nervousness among incumbent congressmen of both parties is one reason why Bush has taken to the road in recent days, if only to re-sell the war with warmed-over bromides. To a lot of us Americans, the Aiken strategy is looking better every day.

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