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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 Oct. 20, 2009 / 2 Mar-Cheshvan 5770

A Job Waiting for a Woman?

By Paul Johnson





http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As if the parlous state of the world economy and jitters in the Middle East were not enough, we now have a crisis in Anglo-American relations. There are faults on both sides. Since taking office, Barack Obama has behaved as though the Special Relationship doesn't exist. This is by no means unusual in the first year of a new Administration, and it need not be serious.


Unfortunately President Obama's attitude has been compounded by a catastrophic error by Gordon Brown, Britain's devious and accident-prone prime minister, regarding the release of the Lockerbie bomber. British governments do not always have to do what the U.S. wants on issues that affect both countries. But if Britain decides it is imperative to its national interest to go it alone, it is vital to keep the White House privately but fully informed regarding its intentions.


Sir Anthony Eden failed to do this in 1956, when he secretly decided to occupy the Suez Canal in conjunction with France and Israel. President Dwight Eisenhower was kept in complete ignorance — indeed, he was deliberately deceived. In his first explosion of anger (Ike could be very ferocious when provoked), Eisenhower allowed the U.S. Treasury to sell sterling on world exchanges. This provoked a run on sterling, which forced Eden to call off the operation, thus terminating his already shaky political career. It took a great deal of skill on the part of his successor, Harold Macmillan, to put Anglo-American relations back on their old footing.


It is notable that when Margaret Thatcher decided to send an expedition to recover the Falkland Islands she carefully avoided Eden's error. She told President Ronald Reagan everything, in confidence, and was given his blessing. As a result, the U.S. was able to render Britain covert but vital assistance during the course of what became a highly successful operation.


Brown, who is always boasting about his reading but seems to know little history, ignored these precedents, good and bad, and kept President Obama in the dark. The result has been anger and resentment. Obama may have an edgy attitude toward Britain because of its colonial past, but regarding the Lockerbie release, Brown behaved in what, to borrow a phrase from a former Secretary of State, can only be called a "duplicitous manner."


Among Brown's many character failings is a positive dislike of telling the unvarnished truth, as well as the occasional propensity to lie outright. Concealment and deception are habitual with him. Now he's in deep trouble with Britain's greatest — indeed, at present, its only — ally.


It's commonplace to say the Special Relationship is dead and pronounce its obsequies. But in truth the relationship is always alive because it is based on deep linguistic, cultural and spiritual values that the two nations hold in common. Sometimes, however, the relationship lies dormant, until it is rudely revived by events.


All American Presidents discover, sooner or later, that when they're in a tough spot and are obliged, in the world's long-term interests, to adopt a policy that arouses fierce international opposition, Britain is the first — and, often, only — country to display sympathy and support.


Equally, during the lifetime of the average U.S. Administration, Britain is sure to get into a mess that requires a helping American hand, extended not in the normal call of international duty but for old times' sake. In both instances, it is a matter of sentiment, as well as self-interest. And sentiment, if strong enough, is as powerful as Realpolitik. Thus the Special Relationship endures, even though often, like Lazarus, it needs to be raised from the dead.


Who is to perform the miracle this time? Brown, clogged by failure on all sides, shell-shocked and made extra clumsy by consciousness of his own ineptitude, is incapable of doing it. David Cameron, the Tory leader, is eager to try. However, as things now stand, it looks as if the Labour government, facing inevitable defeat, will run its full legal term. Therefore, Cameron won't get his chance until next May — and in an ever more dangerous world that is a long time to wait.


Obama probably feels too affronted to make an effort to restore friendship with Britain. And he is still sufficiently cocky to fail to see the necessity of doing so.


That leaves Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been on the fringe of great events for a long time and knows from experience how important it is for America and Britain to remain closely allied. President Obama's global grandstanding has left Mrs. Clinton with little to do. But this is an important job waiting to be done, one that she could do quietly, unostentatiously and effectively.


To restore the Anglo-American Special Relationship would be a fine feather in Hillary Clinton's cap — as well as a fine test of her diplomatic skills and womanly intuition — especially if she retains presidential ambitions and if Obama, as now seems likely, is a one-term President.

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Previously:

07/21/09: Obama Has to Be World Sheriff
03/24/09: Short works of genius that cheer up the writing profession
02/11/09: What would Darwin do?
01/27/09: Are you sophisticated? Here's how to find out
01/06/09: What did they talk about in the Ice Age? The weather, of course
09/09/08: Time, and our appalling ignorance of it
08/19/08: Eye-stopping glimpses of an exotic and forbidden world
06/30/08: How to fill a lecture hall, and how to empty it
06/23/08: Americans should count their blessings
05/20/08: Pajamas for Presidents
05/13/08: Literary woodlice boring needless holes in biographical bedposts
04/01/08: When markets come crashing down, send for the man with the big red nose
04/01/08: Quality for dinner. Pass the Fairy Liquid, Old Boy
03/25/08: In search of an American President with brains and guts
03/18/08: Technological warfare against mice won't work. Try cats
03/11/08: What is a genius? We use the word frequently but surely, to guard its meaning, we should bestow it seldom
03/03/08: Fiction as a crutch to get one through life
02/26/08: Impatience + Greed = Trouble
02/13/08: Shakespeare, Neo-Platonism and Princess Diana
02/07/08: Where Industry Has Failed Us
12/19/07: People who put their trust in human power delude themselves
12/12/07: What is aggression?
12/04/07: Pursuing success is not enough
11/07/07: Are famous writers accident-prone?
10/31/07: Courage needed to disarm Iran
09/20/07: Who Will Say ‘I Promise to Lay Off’?
07/24/07: Greed is safer than power-seeking
04/02/07: Benefactors must be hardheaded
03/07/07: American idealism and realpolitik
11/28/06: Space: Our ticket to survival
10/24/06: Envy is bad economics
10/11/06: Better to Borrow or Lend? Rethinking conventional wisdom
08/22/06: Don't practice legal terrorism
08/08/06: A summer rhapsody for a pedal-bike
08/03/06: Why is there no workable philosophy of music?
07/11/06: Historically speaking, energy crisis is America's opportunity
07/06/06: The misleading dimensions of persons and lives
06/06/06: First editions are not gold
05/23/06: A downright ugly man need never despair of attracting women, even pretty ones
04/25/06: Was Washington right about political parties?
04/12/06: Let's Have More Babies!
04/05/06: For the love of trains
03/29/06: Lincoln and the Compensation Culture
03/22/06: Bottle-beauties and the globalised blond beast
03/15/06: Europe's utopian hangover
03/08/06: Kindly write on only one side of the paper
02/28/06: Creators versus critics
02/21/06: The Rhino Principle

© 2009, Paul Johnson

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