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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 Oct. 24, 2012/ 8 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

History has validated winning losers

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the final presidential debate, Mitt Romney made me think of Nathaniel Greene.

Most historians think Greene was, after George Washington, the best American general in the Revolution (if you don't count Benedict Arnold, who was the best on either side, and -- of course -- on both sides).

Greene drove an initially vastly superior British force from the South after the disaster at Camden in August, 1780. His campaign culminated in Lord Cornwallis' retreat to Yorktown, and -- you know the rest.

Greene won despite losing every battle he fought. He won by focusing relentlessly on his strategic objectives.

Cornwallis was the best British general (if you don't count Benedict Arnold). But his frustration over the decisive defeat his subordinate, Banastre Tarleton, suffered at the hands of Daniel Morgan at Cowpens caused him to chase the wily Greene all over North Carolina, squandering the strength of his army.

Most pundits say President Barack Obama won Monday's debate. But his victory was Pyrrhic.

I'm outraged by the lax security in Libya that led to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans; the failure of the administration to send military forces to the rescue of the consular staff during the 7 hour siege, and the coverup afterward. I wanted Mr. Romney to hammer the president on this. He didn't.

And I was nauseated by the nonsense both spouted on Afghanistan, which bore no relationship to the facts on the ground. The Little Sisters of the Poor will defeat the Steelers before the Afghans provide for their own security.

But I disagree with conservatives who say Mr. Romney "missed an opportunity" on Libya. Like Greene, he deliberately avoided decisive battle. In view of his strategic objectives, that was the right thing to do.

Mr. Romney wanted to demonstrate, first, that he's a plausible commander in chief. He did this by displaying detailed knowledge of national security matters (Few debate watchers know where Mali is, but I suspect many were impressed that Mr. Romney seems to know what's going on there); by focusing on the big picture; by keeping his cool, and by quietly asserting alpha male status when Mr. Obama interrupted him.

Mr. Romney focused on the undecided, many of whom are described, euphemistically, as "low information" voters, for whom feelings matter more than facts and logic. So he emphasized bipartisanship and moderation, tried to avoid conflict.

The president's objective was to show Mr. Romney to be unfit as commander in chief, and/or that he'll get us into wars, as President Bush did. It had to be maddening for him that Mr. Romney wouldn't engage on Libya or Afghanistan. He threw punch after punch, but Mr. Romney kept ducking.

The president's frustration over his inability to bring his adversary to decisive battle caused him to make big mistakes. He insulted Mr. Romney to goad him into a fight, but demeaned himself instead. He was "snarky, condescending, peevish and small."

Mr. Romney had the election in mind when he chose the examples he used to display knowledge of national security, so Mr. Obama made a big boo boo when he snarked about Mr. Romney's desire for a larger Navy. The Navy and shipbuilding are very big in southeastern Virginia. The president was trailing, narrowly, in the Old Dominion when the debate began. He kissed it goodbye.

Throughout, Mr. Romney acted like someone who knows he's winning. Mr. Obama acted like someone who knows he's losing -- and can't believe it's happening to him.

The president won the instapolls, but like Cornwallis -- who remained in possession of the field at Guilford Courthouse, but with an army shattered beyond repair -- he can take cold comfort from his victory: *In the CNN poll Mr. Obama won, 48-40, more said the debate made them more likely to vote for Mr. Romney (25 percent) than for Mr. Obama (24 percent).

*In PPP's poll of independents, 47 percent said they were now more likely to vote for Mr. Romney; 35 percent said less likely. For Mr. Obama, the numbers were 32 percent more likely, 48 percent less.

*A CBS panel of undecided voters in Ohio gave the nod to Mr. Romney, 6-2.

The pundits say Mr. Romney lost the battle Monday night. But he won the campaign. Next comes Yorktown, Nov. 6.

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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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