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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. 19, 2013/ 16 Kislev, 5774

ObamaCare can be undone, but the administration's feckless foreign policy puts the world in serious risk

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "I don't think we're stupid," said Secretary of State John Kerry on NBC's "Meet the Press" program last Sunday, to the delight of late nite comics.

The day before, Secretary Kerry had flown to Geneva, anticipating a deal would be struck with Iran.

Economic sanctions would be lifted in exchange for the mullahs' promise to stop work on their nuclear weapons program.

"It promised to be the diplomatic blockbuster of the year, maybe the century. The most convincing performance since the one at Munich in 1938," said JWR's Paul Greenberg, editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was referring to the acquiescence of Britain and France in the Nazi conquest of Czechoslovakia in exchange for Hitler's promise not to invade anyone else.

But "at the 11th hour," France scuttled it.

"France wants a deal, but cannot accept a sucker's deal," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

The proposed deal would remove sanctions on Iran while still enabling it to enrich uranium and advance work on a plutonium reactor, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who described it as "bad and dangerous," a view shared by many on Capitol Hill.

"My concern here is that we seem to want the deal almost more than the Iranians," said the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ.

Secretary Kerry's "naked zeal for the deal" is a "fatal shortcoming" in a diplomat, said Jonathan Tobin of Commentary magazine. "The Iranians have read him perfectly and found it possible to get the West to come much closer to their position...without having to budge an inch."

Mr. Kerry's "ego and cluelessness are easily turned against him by the Iranians," agreed Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin. "His desire to wave the paper agreement in the air is obvious."

The deputy editorial page editor of the Post mocked Mr. Kerry's statement in Geneva that "I can tell you without any reservations, we made significant progress."

"It's hard to think of a previous chief of Foggy Bottom who has so conspicuously detached himself from on-the-ground realities," Jackson Diehl said.

Mr. Kerry bristled when NBC's David Gregory asked him if he was being skeptical enough about Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, who wrote a book about how Iran could gain the confidence of the West while still working on its nuclear program.

He described the U.S. negotiating team as "some of the most serious and capable, expert people in our government," who'd spent a "lifetime" dealing with Iran and nuclear proliferation.

That's not exactly so, Bret Stephens noted in a profile in the Wall Street Journal of the lead U.S. negotiator, Wendy Sherman, a former social worker turned Democrat political operative.

Ms. Sherman is an example of "falling up -- the Washingtonian phenomenon of promotion to ever-higher positions of authority and prestige irrespective of past performance," Mr. Stephens said.

So is the Secretary of State, Ms. Rubin said. "Kerry is by all accounts completely unaware of his own pomposity and silliness," she said.

He's been on the job for less than a year, but Mr. Kerry is already the worst Secretary of State ever, Mr. Tobin said.

Off the record, I suspect many career diplomats -- who virtually every week have had to walk back something their boss said -- would agree.

"I hope skeptics like me will be proved wrong," Mr. Diehl said. "If not, this secretary of state will be remembered as a self-deceiving bumbler."

Americans, understandably absorbed by the Obamacare fiasco, have paid little attention to foreign policy. We should pay more. We can undo the harm done by Obamacare by repealing Obamacare. If the president permits Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, it won't be so easy to deal with the consequences.

But if we get through the rest of Mr. Obama's term without blundering into WWIII, his fecklessness "has the salutary effect of slapping allies hard across the face," said Middle East expert Daniel Pipes. They've behaved like children, confident the U.S. would protect them. By "joining the children," the president is forcing them to grow up fast.

"Thus does Obama's ineptitude have the potential to turn reluctant, self-absorbed partners into more serious, mature actors," Mr. Pipes said. "At the same time, his incompetence promises to change the U.S. reputation from overbearing nanny to much-appreciated colleague, along the way reducing ire directed at Americans."

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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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