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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 Sept. 10, 2013/ 6 Tishrei, 5774

The United States already has lost credibility

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We must intervene in the civil war in Syria because "if a thug and a murderer like Bashar al-Assad can gas thousands of his own people with impunity," it would set a bad example for others, Secretary of State John Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday.

Secretary Kerry's moral outrage would have been more moving if Sen. Kerry -- who met with the Syrian dictator six times and urged "engagement" with his regime -- hadn't said so many kind things about Mr. Assad in the recent past.

And Secretary Kerry's assertion that the use of chemical weapons justifies U.S. military intervention would be more persuasive if Sen. Kerry hadn't taken the opposite stance. Many more were killed when Saddam Hussein gassed the Kurdish village of Halabja than in the sarin gas attack in a Damascus suburb Aug. 21, but Sen. Kerry didn't think that justified U.S. intervention in Iraq.

President Barack Obama was preparing to launch strikes without obtaining approval from Congress, but changed his mind after the British Parliament voted against Britain's participation.

His "jarring change of direction now runs the risk of thoroughly undermining whatever remains of allied confidence in his leadership," wrote Fred Hof of the Atlantic Council, the State Department's point man on Syria during Mr. Obama's first term.

Mr. Kerry's change of direction at Tuesday's hearing doesn't inspire confidence either. A resolution authorizing military action should not forbid the use of ground troops, he said, but flip-flopped after receiving criticism.

He was right the first time. No war has ever gone the way the side that fired the first shot assumed it would. For recent examples, see Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq.

This is because, as Marine General James Mattis has said: "the enemy has a vote." How that vote is cast determines how a war is fought, how bloody it gets, how long it lasts, how it ends.

The administration's "mystifying lack of preparedness" for foreseeable developments in Syria results from a focus on domestic politics at the expense of grand strategy, Mr. Hof wrote.

"The spectacle of a president setting supposedly serious red lines only to pull back at the last moment, the twisting of language by the administration's diplomatic and military leaders to distinguish before Congress the difference between 'war' and 'military strikes,' and the complete absence of a strategy or articulation of national-security interests all paint a picture of a great power adrift," said Michael Auslin of the American Enterprise Institute.

Mr. Obama "is only seeking buy-in from Capitol Hill because of public pressure," said liberal Washington Post columnist Colbert King. He seeks an "accomplice" to share blame if things go wrong, said conservative columnist George Will.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he supports military strikes. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 Wednesday to authorize them.

The many "accomplices" in Congress indicate how detached our rulers have become from the people (who, polls indicate, overwhelmingly oppose intervention), and how little they know of what can -- and cannot -- be accomplished with military force.

Most Democrats appear to support Mr. Obama chiefly out of party loyalty. Many Republicans say we must strike because the president drew a "red line" on the use of chemical weapons. If we don't follow through on his threat, the world will think America is weak.

But that cat's already out of the bag. World leaders have noticed Mr. Obama has ideological objections to the exercise of American power, and a near pathological reluctance to make decisions. The strike he is planning -- described by one official as "just muscular enough not to be mocked" -- will change few minds, because acting ineffectually fuels the perception of weakness even more than failing to act.

Our leaders offer only frivolous reasons for a military strike on Syria -- to restore prestige, to express moral outrage, to send Mr. Assad a message -- and cannot explain how the strike they plan will accomplish their goals. They assume they can stop a war they start whenever they like, on their terms, and control the level of violence throughout.

This is a consequence of having "leaders" with no military experience, who send other people's kids into harm's way. The best argument for a terrible idea -- reinstatement of the draft -- is that it may cause some among them to treat war with the seriousness it deserves.

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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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