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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 Nov. 24, 2010 / 17 Kislev, 5771

Kyl not delaying New Start treaty

By Robert Robb


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In some quarters, Arizona U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl is being blamed for holding up consideration of the New START treaty, the Obama administration's arms control agreement with Russia.

That's a gross misrepresentation of the situation.

As a member of the minority party, Kyl has no say as to when things are scheduled on the floor of the Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid can bring the treaty to the floor anytime he wants.

As things now stand, however, Kyl would not support it. And such is the respect for Kyl's expertise and judgment on such subjects among his Republican colleagues, the universal belief is that without Kyl's support, the treaty could not get the 67 votes the Constitution requires for ratification.

The founders clearly intended for senators to exercise independent judgment about treaties and believed that it should be difficult for the president to bind the United States through them. That's the reason for requiring ratification by a two-thirds vote.

So, Kyl is doing what the Constitution anticipates senators would do regarding treaties, exercising independent judgment.

Critics of New START point to several concerns: the numerical limits are too low without a robust commitment to modernization the Obama administration has not demonstrated; the treaty will limit the projection of U.S. conventional power as well as nuclear capabilities; and there is at least an implicit concession to the Russians on missile defense.

Kyl could just announce that he is opposed to the treaty, and that would probably be the end of it. The Obama administration would have to renegotiate it.

Kyl, however, hasn't done that. Instead, he has expressed a willingness to see whether his concerns can be addressed in a way that would enable him in good conscience to support the treaty. Just not on the timetable of a lame-duck session and in a bazaar-like atmosphere in which a retiring secretary of defense flies into Arizona with an offer of billions more for modernization.

The Obama administration's argument for dealing with the treaty in the lame-duck session is that without it, the United States doesn't have inspectors on the ground checking on what those tricky Russkies are up to. It's amusing to see the Obama administration resort to Cold War alarmism to sell its supposedly "reset button" treaty.

Undoubtedly both Kyl and the Obama administration are also factoring in the fact that Republicans will have considerably more votes in the next Senate. In fact, even Kyl's support may not be enough to save New START in the new Senate. National security conservatives outside the Senate are solidifying in opposition. But that's not Kyl's fault. It is the fault of the Obama administration for not negotiating a treaty and pursuing a nuclear deterrent policy that enjoyed broader support.

Most other democratic countries have a tradition of honorable resignation. If something goes wrong, the person in charge takes responsibility and steps aside. This is not a politically fatal move. The politician resigning often stays in the game and is given new positions of authority later.

The United States has no such tradition. Instead, resignation when something goes wrong is considered a sign of dishonor and close to a political death penalty. So, American politicians tend to cling to power and deny responsibility until public opinion or internal political pressure becomes simply too much to resist.

American politics suffers from not having a tradition of honorable resignation, as the fight by Nancy Pelosi to remain leader of House Democrats demonstrates.

Pelosi was a remarkably effective speaker of the House. Under her, a lot of very big stuff important to liberal Democrats got through. She deserves a place of honor and respect within her party.

Nevertheless, Democrats were, in the words of the president, shellacked this election. Moreover, Pelosi came to personify what independents were rejecting in the Democratic Party. By remaining Democratic leader, she makes it more difficult for Democrats to win in the places they have to win to have a chance to recapture the majority.

Stepping down, however, would be seen as an admission of disgrace rather than an act of honorably accepting responsibility. And she would have become an artifact in the House, rather than remaining a power.

I have no idea how a tradition of honorable resignation gets started in this country. But we would be better served by having one.

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