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December 2, 2014

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 27, 2011 / 23 Nissan, 5771

Obama's ‘Anti-missilephobia’

By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What are we to make of Barack Obama's attitude towards U.S. missile defenses?  His past positions, his actions as president to date and the secret negotiations his administration currently has underway with Russia bespeak an alarming, ideologically driven hostility to the idea of protecting the American people and their allies from ballistic missile-delivered threats. 

Given the irrationality of such an attitude in light of the intensifying dangers such threats represent, the Obama attitude might best be described as "anti-missilephobia."  Will Congress accommodate or counteract this potentially suicidal disorder?

The problem predates Mr. Obama's election in 2008.  He campaigned on a platform that conformed to the Left's historic hostility towards missile defenses.  Candidate Obama promised not to deploy anti-missile systems that are "less than fully effective."  That is code for opposing just about any defense since critics invariably contend that some real or imagined threat could not be countered with 100% confidence.  This ignores the deterring effect of uncertainty that even-less-than-perfect anti-missile technologies introduce in the minds of attackers, especially if differing technologies are used in a layered and synergistic approach.

In office, President Obama has hewed to his anti-missilephobic line.  Notably, he has slashed billions from the U.S. missile defense program.  And he killed the NATO-agreed missile defense plan for defending Europe and the United States.  At best, his "phased-adaptive" alternative will delay by years the emplacing of defenses effective against the array of missile threats Russia's client, Iran, is currently fielding.  Worse yet, systems capable of protecting us here at home as well may never get off the drawing boards.

If so, that will be at least in part a by-product of the Russians' response to such unilateral U.S. restraint, exercised in the hope that it would help "reset" relations with Moscow.  Predictably, Vladimir Putin's Kremlin responded to our accommodation by doubling down:  Seeing opportunity in Obama's anti-missilephobia to advance its strategic interests at our expense, Moscow became even more insistent on obstructing American missile defenses.

The first fruit of this campaign was the so-called New START Treaty from which the Russians declared they would withdraw if the United States made "quantitative or qualitative improvements" to its anti-missile capabilities.  While our Senate was assured, and asserted, that such a unilateral statement would have no bearing on U.S. defenses, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the Duma formally affirmed it as part of Moscow's ratification proceedings.

Now, Team Obama's anti-missilephobes are beavering away at a new deal with the Kremlin, in the hopes of having a "collaborative approach" hammered out in time for a NATO-Russian summit in June.  Moscow has been emboldened by the combination of this incipient deadline and the palpable disinterest of Obama's negotiators in protecting U.S. missile defense options - something Ronald Reagan assiduously did during his time in the Oval Office.  Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov has staked out an extreme stance, insisting "on only one thing: that we're an equal part of [U.S. missile defense system in Europe]." In order to remove any shadow of doubt, Mr. Ivanov elaborated further: "In practical terms, that means our office will sit, for example, in Brussels and agrees on a red-button push to start an anti-missile, regardless of whether it starts from Poland, Russia or the U.K."

This "red-button" is obviously envisioned as the tactical counterpart to the strategic veto over U.S. anti-missile systems that Russia feels the Obama administration has effectively afforded it.  It may be a negotiating bluff, designed to facilitate acquiescence to less outlandish, but still-insidious demands.  On the other hand, Moscow clearly thinks it worth a try, given the concessions already made by America's anti-missilephobes.

The Kremlin's other demands include access to the core of America's state-of-the-art missile defense systems - hit-to-kill technology that has a host of applications beyond anti-missile missions.  The Russians are also angling for access to data through a shared center that would be incalculably helpful in gaming out the nature and exploitable vulnerabilities of U.S. sensors, interceptors and other weapons components, command and control arrangements, etc.

These insights would be especially useful if the Kremlin still harbors its past ambitions for waging and winning a nuclear war, including the possibility of a "first-strike" attack.  Such scenarios would be greatly enabled by the use of depressed- trajectory submarine-launched ballistic missiles like Putin's new Belavia against our deterrent forces, which are located at relatively few bases compared to the Cold War.  Worse yet, if the Obama administration has its way, those forces are soon to be rendered still-less-resilient against preemptive attacks by being "de-alerted" - a part of the evisceration of U.S. targeting plans that appears likely to be the next shoe to drop in the President's bid to set a unilateral example for "ridding the world of the world of nuclear weapons."

Fortunately, 39 Republican U.S. Senators led by Mark Kirk of Illinois and Jon Kyl of Arizona have squarely challenged Team Obama's anti-missilephobia.  In a joint letter dated April 14, they wrote: "No American President should ever allow a foreign nation to dictate when or how the United States defends our country and our allies.  In our view, any agreement that would allow Russia to influence the defense of the United States or our allies, to say nothing of a ‘red button' or veto, would constitute a failure of leadership."  Amen. 


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