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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. 12, 2013/ 8 Tishrei, 5774

Obama's Feckless Saber-rattling

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sen. Barbara Boxer had been appealing to my better instincts as she never had before. The Democrat from California provided a crucial vote in favor of a resolution sought by President Barack Obama to authorize the use of military force in Syria. Boxer voted for military force even though that position was highly unpopular among her constituents.

The U.N. Security Council hadn't passed a corresponding resolution. Boxer didn't care. She argued that Washington must act, lest Iran "view us as a paper tiger."

On Tuesday, before Obama addressed the nation on the need for Congress to authorize military force against Syria (sort of and one of these days) to redress President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own people, Boxer appeared on MSNBC's "Hardball." She was a spitfire. She insisted the Senate had the votes to move the resolution forward. She railed against host Chris Matthews for not showing video of gassed children during the interview setup. "No one talked about what Assad did to his people," she fumed. Boxer forcefully made the moral argument that the use of "vicious" chemical weapons against "babies, infants, children" demands action.

Boxer touched on all the good reasons to support Obama's call to arms -- not boots on the ground -- in Syria. Assad's use of chemical weapons could embolden terrorist organizations. Al-Qaida might get some of his lethal stash. Iran is watching. Western powers have to stand for their rules; otherwise, the world's weasels will think they can attack U.S. assets with impunity.

Then, like Obama, like Secretary of State John Kerry when he asserted that any U.S. strikes would be "incredibly small," Boxer demonstrated why Washington Democrats cannot be trusted to do the right thing in Syria. Boxer praised the president for being so resolute, praised her committee for passing the resolution and referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to press Assad to hand his chemical stockpile to international handlers. "It brought us to this moment, where we have a hope here that we can resolve this in a way that doesn't require military force," quoth Boxer.

In other words, the administration was bluffing, and she showed the cards to prove it.

If the past week has proved anything, it's that the Obama administration is more afraid of its own threats than Assad is.

There are reasons to be circumspect. The Arab Spring strengthened such U.S. enemies as Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. If Assad goes, al-Qaida-friendly rebels will gain traction. U.S. firepower could take innocent lives -- which would defeat the mission's purpose.

Voters are sick of foreign wars, not just the casualties but also the price tag. Moreover, it makes no sense for Washington to threaten military force to combat evil while pledging that any attacks will be "limited." Team Obama waved a white flag before firing a shot.

In short, Obamaland made a hash of the politics and the messaging. This president is so clueless about saber-rattling that when he threatened the use of military force, Putin knew how to turn Boxer and Obama's "moment" into an opportunity.

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