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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

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Jewish World Review Jan 20, 2012/ 25 Teves, 5772

The Return of the Weak Horse

By Mona Charen

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you wish for peace, prepare for war. — Latin adage


In the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, a rough consensus emerged about the messages the Clinton administration was sending to potential adversaries. The failure to respond to the attacks on our forces in Mogadishu, the non-response to the bombings of our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, and toleration of the assault on the U.S.S. Cole — all persuaded al-Qaida that the United States was a "weak horse" that could be attacked without fear. Our limp response to provocations thus encouraged aggression.

It is a lesson that some never learned. The left wing of the Democratic Party (and the Paulite fraction of the Republican Party) believes that American misbehavior is what invites belligerence, and if the U.S. can demonstrate sufficient peaceful intent, we, and the world, will be safer.

President Obama, though seeking tough guy credentials by taking out selected terrorists and maintaining forces in Afghanistan, has been assiduously sending signals of peaceful intent to the Iranians — to the point of farce.

One of the president's first foreign policy forays was to send a New Year's message to the Iranian regime expressing hope for a fresh start in bilateral relations. The mullahs' response was one of contempt. Even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted toward the end of 2009 that "I don't think anyone can doubt that our outreach has produced very little in terms of any kind of positive response from the Iranians."

That's an understatement. Besides mowing down its own people in the streets, Iran arrested four American hikers and placed them on trial for espionage. It continued to supply its agents in Iraq with roadside bombs for use against U.S. troops. Flouting international entreaties and sanctions, the regime continued its illegal pursuit of nuclear weapons. Asked to establish a hotline with Washington, Tehran responded by saying, "The only way to end (American) concerns is for (the U.S.) to leave the region." As recently as last week, President Ahmadinejad visited Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and mocked U.S. concerns about nuclear weapons. If we are building a nuclear bomb, Ahmadinejad smirked, then "the fuel of that bomb is love (for Chavez)."

Often, the timing of the administration's actions seems almost calculated to curry favor with a regime that flagrantly defies all norms of international conduct. On Oct. 11, 2011, the Obama administration revealed a plot by the Iranians to assassinate the Saudi ambassador by blowing up a Washington, D.C. restaurant. The Iranians were perfectly satisfied to murder scores of American civilians in the process. On Oct. 21, the administration announced that the U.S. was withdrawing all combat troops from Iraq. At about the same time, the secretaries of state and defense made public statements condemning the idea of an Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

Over the course of the past few weeks, the United States has rescued three Iranian fishing vessels, which is fine as humanitarianism but should not be confused with foreign policy. Ron Paul has endorsed this as the sort of American benevolence that will serve the cause of peace.

While we've been plucking drowning fisherman from the Persian Gulf, Iranian boats have been harassing U.S. Naval vessels; the Iranian regime has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz; and a commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy has warned USS John C. Stennis not to return to the Persian Gulf. The provocations against American ships — usually by Iranian speedboats — are now daily occurrences reports by The Weekly Standard.

Iran has also arrested and charged a former U.S. Marine, Amir Hekmati, who was visiting his grandparents in Iran, with espionage.

When an Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated by a car bomb, the administration went out of its way to condemn the attack and deny culpability. A spokesman for the National Security Council said, "The United States had absolutely nothing to do with this. We strongly condemn all acts of violence, including acts of violence like this."

If unconfirmed reports are accurate, President Obama has once again written a personal note to Ayatollah Khamenei requesting negotiations.

Announcing a drawdown of U.S. military forces, President Obama and Secretary of Defense Panetta repeatedly explained that "after a decade of war," the time for a smaller U.S. military had come. That phrase kept coming up. The message to adversaries is perfectly clear: We're finished fighting. We're tired. A decade of war is enough. "We're turning the page on a decade of war," President Obama said.

And writing what new chapter? The return of the weak horse?

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