In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 Nov. 22, 2013/ 19 Kislev, 5774

U.S. dickers over price of continuing to help Afghanistan

By Dale McFeatters

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You thought BSA stood for Boy Scouts of America or a brand of British motorcycle, but you were wrong. It stands for Bilateral Security Agreement and it will authorize the United States to ply the government of Afghanistan with $1.4 billion a month in aid. That's on top of the hundreds of billions we've spent there already.

And it will allow us to leave 10,000 troops behind to continue America's longest running war, now at 12 years, past its scheduled expiration date of Dec. 31, 2014.

But, wait, there's more.

Our erratic ally, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, wants a personal letter of apology from President Obama expressing contrition for the "mistakes" the U.S. made in conducting military operations.

Congressional Republicans would have a field day with that one since they frequently criticize Obama as being to quick and willing to apologize for the United States.

Susan Rice, the president's national security adviser, said the president has no intention of apologizing, telling PBS, "There's no discussion of an apology. So let's take that off the table. That's not in the cards."

Strong words and reassuring domestically, but let's not forget that Rice has been sent out in front of the curtain with bum information before.

Secretary of State John Kerry offered to write a letter expressing U.S. "regret" for civilian casualties but the language isn't strong enough and, anyway, Kerry is only a Cabinet officer.

As proof of his stature and clout, Karzai would like to present a presidential apology to a "loya jirga," a traditional assembly of prominent Afghanis he has convened. The council is only advisory but its disapproval of the terms of the U.S. staying on would carry great weight.

Karzai's government also wants the U.S. to discontinue nighttime raids on Afghan houses, a tactic that has proved effective in tracking down al Qaida and Taliban suspects but unsurprisingly has proved terribly unpopular with the local homeowners.

Some of Karzai's advisers have proposed that the U.S. military simply hand over its intelligence on the houses that might be harboring al-Qaida fighters and let the Afghans handle the raids. But the U.S. military believes that leaks would be inevitable, compromising both the operations and the sources of the intelligence.

Some of Karzai's advisers are insisting, somewhat half-heartedly, that U.S. personnel accused of crimes against Afghans be tried in Afghan courts. However, the government is acutely aware that the U.S. refused to accede to a similar demand in Iraq and when the time came simply packed up and left.

The U.S. insists that Americans accused of wrongdoing be tried by U.S. military courts. One Afghan lawmaker candidly told the Associated Press, "Our justice system is still under construction . . . Even Afghans don't trust it yet."

The idea of U.S. troops staying on, even under tight restrictions, is not universally popular in Afghanistan even though their presence has brought a slackening in their interminable tribal wars.

Indeed, university students in eastern Afghanistan accorded Obama a high honor in that part of the world - they burned him in effigy. Usually, they settle for the simpler and cheaper protest of simply burning an American flag.


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