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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 25, 2011 / 27 Tishrei, 5772

Obama only hesitates to take action against dictatorships which are threats

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The one indisputable benefit for Americans in the death last Thursday of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi (or Gaddafy or Khadafy) is that soon we'll fret no longer over the spelling of his name.

Pundits left and right hailed the dictator's death as a triumph of President Barack Obama's policy of "leading from the rear" on Libya.

"By building an international coalition, the president managed nonetheless to make Americans part of the fight and oust Qaddafi," said liberal Juan Williams.

"Qaddafi's death was the only acceptable ending," agreed conservative columnist Debra Saunders. "The campaign worked, and that's what counts."

Qaddafi's death was not the most significant foreign policy development last week. On Friday, the president announced the 39,000 U.S. troops remaining in Iraq "will come home by the end of the year."

This was always the plan, said Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough. In fact the administration had been negotiating to permit thousands of U.S. troops to remain in Iraq as a barrier to Iranian aggression. Every major Iraqi political party save that of the Moqtada al Sadr, an Iranian puppet, wanted U.S. troops to stay. But the administration bungled the negotiations.

"We won the war in Iraq, and we're now losing the peace," retired Gen. Jack Keane, an architect of the "surge" strategy that brought victory, told the Washington Times.

The bungling may not be due entirely to incompetence. The U.S. commander in Iraq wanted 14,000-18,000 troops to remain, but the White House objected. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed off on 10,000 troops, but the White House still balked.

The creation of a democratic, pro-Western government in Iraq was a victory for the United States. But it wasn't a victory for Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama conducts foreign policy with his political interests more in mind than our national interests, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, charged Sunday.

Those political interests were foremost in the minds of many liberals.

"After the death of bin Laden, al-Awlaki, and now, indirectly, Qaddafi, (Obama) is left with a terrific narrative in terms of making the case that Democrats aren't weak on national security," Mr. Williams said.

Mr. Obama's campaign has sent out a fund-raising letter celebrating Qaddafi's demise. But what does it mean for the United States?

Qaddafi's regime was behind the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, and the 1986 bombing of a discotheque in West Berlin frequented by U.S. troops. He got what he deserved.

But after Ronald Reagan bombed his palaces in retaliation for the disco attack, the Libyan dictator stopped active support of terror groups. And after Saddam Hussein was ousted, he surrendered his weapons of mass destruction.

"I will do whatever the Americans want, because I saw what happened in Iraq," Qaddafi told Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

So though Qaddafi remained an evil mean nasty rotten guy, he no longer posed a threat, as Mr. Obama recognized at the G8 summit in July, 2009.

"President Obama shook hands with Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi Thursday, a sign that relations have improved considerably between the U.S. and the North African nation," Fox News reported then.

The U.S. benefits only if the new regime is democratic and pro-Western. That's unlikely. Sharia law will be the basis of the new government, interim leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil reiterated Sunday. Several rebel leaders have ties to al Qaida.

Mr. Obama hesitates to take action against dictatorships which are threats.

Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad faces a broader popular revolt than did Qaddafi, and is responding more ruthlessly. Since his own security forces are reluctant to massacre their fellow countrymen, Mr. Assad has brought in the Iranian Republican Guard to do the job. Our ambassador had to be recalled Monday because of "credible threats against his personal safety."

The administration still hopes to have a "dialogue" with Mr. Assad.

Iran plotted to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S. by detonating a bomb in a crowded Washington restaurant, the administration announced Oct. 11. The administration's response has been to make a gift of Iraq to Iran.

"Large elements in the State and Defense Departments are horrified by Obama's Middle East policy," said Barry Rubin, editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs. "State gasps as Obama dismantles a Middle East policy it has spent decades building and nurturing. The Defense Department is burdened with new commitments and handed impossible missions by a man its officials know looks down on them, has little sympathy for their problems, and no appreciation of their professional culture."

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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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