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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 September 25, 2012/ 9 Tishrei, 5773

Obama's Mideast mess

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | He would practice "smart diplomacy," Barack Obama said. He would reach out to America's critics and adversaries, and -- through appeasement, flattery and his personal charm -- get them to modify their behavior. "The day I'm inaugurated, Muslim hostility will ease," then-Sen. Obama told New Hampshire Public Radio.

The Obama administration has not always distinguished between Islamists -- who want to establish a world-wide Caliphate governed by Islamic law, in which non-Muslims would be forcibly converted, made second class citizens or killed -- and Muslims who think religious tolerance is no threat to Islam.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been guests at the White House and been used as intermediaries in peace talks with the Taliban. Though it was founded by an admirer of Adolf Hitler and some of its members have the same goals as al-Qaida's, the administration considers the Muslim Brotherhood "moderate" because it seeks power first through the ballot box (as Hitler did).

The most prominent Muslim Brother is Muhammad Morsi, who is president of Egypt in part because Mr. Obama abandoned the corrupt, authoritarian but pro-American Hosni Mubarak. This recalls when President Jimmy Carter, believing the Ayatollah Khomeini to be a moderate reformer, helped him push the shah of Iran off the Peacock Throne.

There were many signs before 9/11/2012 that Mr. Obama's outreach was failing:

• In Muslim countries, the percentage of people with a favorable opinion of the United States fell to 15 from 25 between June 2009 and June 2012, according to Pew's annual poll.

• Iran's pursuit of nukes has not slowed because Mr. Obama thought a soft line toward the mullahs was more likely to get them to abandon it. When tens of thousands of Iranians demonstrated for democracy, President Obama ignored their pleas for help.

• Mr. Obama tilted toward the Palestinians in negotiations with Israel, a policy shift that has produced only an escalation of Palestinian demands.

Then the administration was caught flat-footed when "smart" diplomacy imploded on 9/11/2012.

It shouldn't have been. The attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that took the lives of four Americans and the assault on the U.S. embassy in Cairo were planned in advance and for reasons other than ire over a YouTube video mocking the Prophet Muhammad, according to Libyan and Egyptian officials, diplomats and intelligence experts. The State Department had "credible information" two days before the attacks that U.S. missions were being targeted, said a British newspaper, citing "senior diplomatic sources."

The purpose of the Cairo protest was to demand the release of Omar abdel Rahman, the "blind sheikh" who is serving a life sentence for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, said Eric Trager of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Jihadis were planning to attack the U.S. and Israeli embassies, Egyptian intelligence reported a week before the attack, but it isn't known whether that warning was passed on to U.S. diplomats. The embassy did get a heads up from U.S. intelligence a day before.

A Libyan security officer said he warned the Benghazi consulate of the presence of armed jihadis in the city three days before it was attacked. There's "no doubt" the attack "was planned by foreigners," Libya's president said. It's purpose was to avenge the death of Abu Yaya al- Libi (the Libyan), al-Qaida's No. 2, in a drone attack in June, some experts said.

Yet, as late as last Sunday, senior Obama aides insisted the attacks were a spontaneous response to the Muhammad video. The day after the attacks, Mr. Obama expressed doubt Egypt was still an ally. Were the circumstances not so tragic, it would have been hilarious to watch State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland try to walk his statement back. The president compared his campaign workers to the diplomats under siege. He didn't let the crisis interfere with his campaigning, or his fund-raising parties.

Did shock from the collapse of his Mideast policy make the president behave erratically? If Mr. Obama hadn't skipped many of his daily intelligence briefings, he might not have been so surprised.

Democrats thought foreign policy would be an advantage for them this year. Now it appears that the only thing that could make Clint Eastwood's skit at the GOP convention more apt is if he'd draped an empty suit over the empty chair.

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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.

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