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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 Sep 30, 2013 / 27 Tishrei, 5774

Obama Doctrine Makes America Weak

By Linda Chavez



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "The most morally crimped speech by a president in modern times." That description of President Obama's address to the United Nations this week came not from conservative critics but from the editorial page of The Washington Post.

The Post was reacting to what will now go down as the Obama Doctrine in foreign policy. In what has become Obama's signature tone, much of the address was focused on America's "failures," as he defines them: the war in Iraq, past efforts to "impose democracy," unilateral U.S. military action, Cold War politics. But he also laid out in the clearest terms of his presidency what he defines as America's "core interests" in the Middle East and North Africa — a list so narrow it embarrasses even the president's supporters among the liberal media.

Obama defined four core interests. He promised to "confront external aggression against our allies and partners" and to ensure the "free flow of energy from the region." He said that the U.S. will continue to dismantle "terrorist networks that threaten our people," which includes "work(ing) to address the root causes of terror." Finally, he said that he "will not tolerate the development or use of weapons of mass destruction."

The path the president has charted for the U.S. is circumscribed. Only in rare circumstances will the U.S. intervene directly — and even then only with the cooperation of other nations.

So, presumably, if Syria invades neighboring Turkey or Israel, the president might act. Or if, say, Egypt blocks the Suez Canal or Iran mines the Persian Gulf so that oil tankers can't get in or out, he'll do something. The president already has proved that he's not prepared to do much to stop Syria from using chemical weapons or Iran from building a nuclear bomb. Only when it comes to dispatching drones to hit terrorists has he shown much willingness to use force.



But what rankled the Post most about the speech was the president's de-emphasis on promoting human rights as a core interest of American foreign policy. "As a practical matter, if a president signals that democracy is not a core interest, if it ranks fifth or lower on his list of priorities, it won't be promoted at all."

Nowhere in the president's speech was his lack of commitment to human rights clearer than in his overtures to Iran. "We are not seeking regime change," the president said, though he claimed to remain "determined to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon."

The two are mutually exclusive. We've been down the path of negotiations with the mullahs, and it has achieved nothing but buying time for the Iranian regime to enrich more nuclear material. Meanwhile, nearly 80 million Iranians continue to live in one of the most repressive nations in the world, while the regime exports terrorism around the world.

There is some irony in Obama's abandonment of human rights as a priority. There was a time when the left claimed to care about democracy and human rights. In the name of human rights, President Jimmy Carter abandoned the Shah of Iran and Nicaraguan President Somoza when revolutions in those two countries commenced — though the regimes that replaced those dictators were even more tyrannical. But the left has always been more concerned with human rights abuses by America's allies than its enemies. And in that respect, Obama is following a long tradition on the left.

The Obama Doctrine will do much harm to U.S. prestige and leadership in the world. But that may be its aim. The president promised to remake America's image, and he has. We are a weaker, smaller power than we were when he took office, and the world is more dangerous for it. The man who promised the audacity of hope to his followers has crushed the hopes of millions around the world who looked to the United States to promote human rights and democracy everywhere.

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JWR contributor Linda Chavez is President of the Center for Equal Opportunity. Her latest book is "Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)

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