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Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

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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

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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

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 Oct. 19, 2009 / 1 Mar-Cheshvan 5770

Dancing Bear traps Hillary

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Hillary Clinton was in Russia this week, hoping to "reset" relations with the Russians which, she said, had been damaged by the policies of George W. Bush.


As a token of the Obama administration's intentions, Ms. Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with a large, red "reset" button when they met in Geneva in March.


But instead of the Russian word for "reset" (perezagruzka), Ms. Clinton used on her mock button the word "peregruzka," which means "overcharged." The Russian press had a field day.


That gaffe was a harbinger of things to come.


Ms. Clinton had hoped during her visit to meet with the real power in Russian politics, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. He thought a trip to Siberia and China was more important than spending time with the American secretary of state.


But Mr. Putin wasn't too busy to pull the rug out from under the sole Obama administration foreign policy "triumph" to date.


In September President Obama unilaterally abrograted missile defense treaties with Poland and the Czech Republic in order to appease Russia. Conservatives — myself emphatically among them — denounced both this betrayal of our allies, and that this enormous concession had been made, apparently, without a quid pro quo.


But at the opening of the UN General Assembly Sept. 23, the New York Times reported Mr. Obama had wrung "a concession from Russia to consider tough new sanctions against Iran."


"With a beaming Mr. Obama standing next to him, (Russian President Dmitri) Medvedev signaled for the first time that Russia would be amenable to longstanding American requests to toughen sanctions against Iran significantly if, as expected, nuclear talks scheduled for (October) failed to make progress," said reporters Helene Cooper and David Sanger.


"White House officials could barely hide their glee," Ms. Cooper and Mr. Sanger said. "Privately, several administration officials did acknowledge that missile defense might have had something to do with Moscow's newfound verbal cooperation on the Iran sanctions issue."


As expected, the Iranians offered no concessions on their nuclear program at their meeting Oct. 1 with the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany).


But in Beijing Wednesday, Mr. Putin said sanctions on Iran were "premature," and could be "counterproductive."


"There is no need to frighten the Iranians," Mr. Putin said. "We need to look for a compromise."


"Putin's supposed concern for Iranian fearfulness — a quality they have not manifested in six years of openly developing nuclear weapons — is really a veiled way of ridiculing the naivete' of U.S. officials in a fashion that Putin is sure they will not understand," said David Satter, a Russian expert with the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.


The day before, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Ms. Clinton to her face that Russia was taking back its apparent pledge to support sanctions.


"At the current stage," all forces should be thrown at supporting the negotiating process," Mr. Lavrov said. "Threats, sanctions, and threats of pressure in the current situation, we are convinced, would be counterproductive."


So the Obama administration did sell out our allies in Poland and the Czech Republic for nothing. And now they look like yutzes for doing it. "This episode captures Obama's approach to international affairs and underscores its dangers," wrote Peter Wehner. "The president is weak and flaccid when it comes to our adversaries, and unreliable and unsteady when it comes to our allies. America's enemies don't respect us, and our allies increasingly don't trust us."


Mr. Wehner was a speechwriter for President Bush, and could be expected to be critical. But New Republic Editor Martin Peretz was one of Mr. Obama's most prominent supporters.


"Mr. Obama hasn't reset the relationship with Russia," Mr. Peretz said. "He was taken for a ride. Maybe his vanity won't let him admit it. But believe me, the Russians know they have taken him (and us) for a big ride, indeed."


"Unilateral concessions by Americans and the absence of criticism (of Russian duplicity) will be treated by the Russians as a sign of weakness and an invitation to new adventures at the expense of persons they do not respect," Mr. Satter warned.

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