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 April 16, 2010 / 2 Iyar, 5770

A Pathetic Response to an ‘Unprecedented Threat’

By Mona Charen

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Welcoming the leaders of 47 nations to Washington to discuss what he called "an unprecedented threat," President Obama described in ominous terms the potential for nuclear terrorism. "Just the smallest amount of plutonium — about the size of an apple — could kill and injure hundreds of thousands of innocent people." The possibility that a terrorist group could get its hands on a nuclear weapon is, the president added, "the single biggest threat to U.S. security, both short term, medium term and long term."

At the conclusion of the conference, when everyone had agreed to voluntary measures to secure loose nukes, the president pronounced himself very satisfied and confident that the world will make "enormous progress" on controlling nuclear proliferation.

Talk about whistling past the graveyard! The administration assembled an elaborate tableau to feign progress on nuclear proliferation while patently failing to grapple with the most obvious, ominous, and imminent threat — Iran.

Let's assume that Obama was sincere when he described a nuke in the hands of a terrorist as the greatest threat facing the United States. How does he imagine that threat might materialize? Participants in the "nuclear security summit" blathered on about securing nuclear materials and monitoring uranium and plutonium supplies. That's nice. But the likeliest route for a terrorist to obtain a nuclear bomb would be for a nuclear-armed Iran to simply hand it over. And Iran is enriching its own uranium. That's what all those centrifuges at Natanz and elsewhere are spinning away at.

For decades, diplomats and policymakers have comforted themselves with the belief that Iran is a normal, status quo state rather than an ideological, revolutionary power. The Carter administration made repeated efforts to conciliate Iran. Shortly after the revolution, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance expressed his eagerness to "combat the mistrust" between the two nations. Even after the Iranians had flagrantly violated sacrosanct diplomatic traditions by seizing and holding American embassy personnel, the Carter administration extended diplomatic feelers, designating Ramsey Clark and William Miller to approach the mullahs. They flew to Turkey, but were denied permission to enter Iran.

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The Reagan administration famously traded arms to Iran in an effort to free the hostages held by Iranian surrogates in Lebanon, and President Clinton apologized to them for the Mossadegh coup and other supposed American sins. The Europeans engaged in a protracted negotiation to urge Iran ("with lots of carrots") to suspend its nuclear weapons program. This culminated in a triumphant 2006 claim by Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Hasan Rowhani, that "When we were negotiating with the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in parts of the (nuclear) facility in Isfahan."

Iran is not a normal state eager for international recognition and bilateral negotiations. As Dore Gold documents in "The Rise of Nuclear Iran," Iran is revolutionary state with ambitions to dominate not just the entire region but the whole Muslim world. To that end, it has engaged in sustained terrorist violence under a variety of guises.

That Hezbollah is an Iranian creation is well known. Less well understood is that Iran created a number of other cover organizations — Islamic Jihad, the Revolutionary Justice Organization, and others. Through these surrogates, Iran perpetrated a series of terrorist attacks on the United States and other Western nations, starting with the attack on the U.S. embassy in Beirut in 1983, and continuing with the suicide truck bomb attack on U.S. Marines at Beirut airport later that same year; the kidnapping, torture, and murder of CIA station chief William Buckley; the 1984 bombing of a restaurant near a U.S. Air Force base in Spain that killed 18 U.S. servicemen; the hijacking of Kuwaiti Air Flight 221 in which a USAID worker was murdered and dropped on the tarmac; the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 and the murder of Robert Dean Stethem; the kidnapping of 96 Western hostages in Lebanon, and on and on.

Nor has Iran shrunk from cooperating with Sunni terrorists like al-Qaida. In May 2003, al-Qaida exploded truck bombs in a Riyadh neighborhood known to house foreigners. Seventeen Americans were killed. Intercepted communications revealed that the attacks were coordinated from Iran. As the 9/11 Commission report clarified, Iran has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with al-Qaida.

More than three quarters of the members of Congress and 76 Senators have called upon the president to fulfill his 2008 promise to "do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon." That's a vote of no confidence.

The nuclear security dog and pony show represents a pathetic preference for image over substance and will be remembered as one of the most shameful abdications of this presidency.

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