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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

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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

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Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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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

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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

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Sept. 25, 2009 / 7 Tishrei 5770

Obama triangulates his country

By Rich Lowry




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In his address to the United Nations, President Barack Obama did his best impression of a high-school sophomore participating in his first Model U.N. meeting, retailing pious cliches he learned from his ponytailed social-studies teacher.


Even Woodrow Wilson might have blanched at the mushy-headed exhortations to world peace and collective action better suited to a college dorm-room bull session or a holiday-season Coca-Cola commercial.


"No nation can or should try to dominate another nation," Obama intoned. "No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold."


The mind reels. Whether they should or not, nations unquestionably can dominate other nations. And a stable world order needn't be egalitarian. The Roman Empire lasted 500 years, and the British Empire at its height lasted about a century. The balance of power created by the Congress of Vienna in the early 19th century, meanwhile, forged one of the most extraordinary periods of peace in world history.


But let's put facts aside (Obama does). The subtext of this gooey passage is that Obama is forswearing America's pre-eminence. Between America and everyone else, Obama the citizen of the world adopts a happy medium. It is in this sense only that he is a centrist.


"For those who question the character and cause of my nation," Obama said, "I ask you to look at the concrete actions we have taken in just nine months." In other words, he's the personal redeemer of a nation sunk in war crimes (we condoned torture), highhandedness (we ignored the U.N.) and hypocrisy (we promoted democracy selectively) prior to the ascension of his blessed administration.


He thinks his fulsomely anti-Bush multilateralism will pay high diplomatic dividends: "Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world's problems alone." All together now: Yes, they can!


Obama's mistake is in believing "the interests of nations and peoples are shared." Not on this planet, not in this fallen world. Georgia has an interest in becoming a strong, independent nation; Russia has an interest in quashing it. China has an interest in dominating East Asia; Japan and other neighbors have an interest in containing it. Iran has an interest in gaining a nuclear weapon; Israel — and the United States — has an interest in stopping it.


On the latter, Obama was shockingly weak, if his weakness still retained the capacity to shock. He outlined quite specifically what the United States will do to reduce its own nuclear arsenal. As for Iran, if it moves ahead on its nuclear program, it "must be held accountable."


How? Obama can't say, because Moscow, Beijing and even Paris might not have gotten word about the "new era of engagement based on mutual interests and mutual respect." All of them are prone to make discouraging noises about serious sanctions against Iran.


Obama's version of American leadership mostly consists of a public diplomacy of self-flagellation and commitment to fashionable causes. He'll pursue global disarmament and fight global warming. Hollywood activist Laurie David, not Hillary Clinton, might be best suited to be his secretary of state. Obama hopes that all our self-effacing niceness will catalyze the world into ending its "bickering about outdated grievances."


But the world's geopolitical and ideological disputes aren't "bickering," and just because grievances are old doesn't mean they are any less real or deep-seated (in fact, it usually means the opposite). Obama's presidency does not constitute Year Zero in international affairs.


For evidence, look no further than the United Nations itself, that incoherent collection of sterling democracies and dismal dictatorships. At the end of his speech, Obama said the U.N. could be "a place where we indulge tyranny, or a source of moral authority." Immediately afterward, Moammar Gadhafi took the podium for a rambling, 90-minute address. Even a first-time Model U.N. student might have noted the incongruity.

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