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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 May 18, 2010 / 5 Sivan 5770

The President's new clothes

By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Today President Obama will formally begin one of the greatest bait-and-switch operations since the fabled "Emperor's New Clothes."  With high-profile appearances before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by his Secretaries of State and Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he will try to persuade Senators to vote for the defective New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). 

The real agenda is different, and worse, however:  It is about getting buy-in from legislators for the President's policy of global denuclearization - for which New START is said to be an important building block.

Mr. Obama has good reason to try to obfuscate his true purposes.  A debate I had last week with two of the premier champions of the President's pursuit of a "world without nuclear weapons" made clear how ill-advised and actually counterproductive is the effort now being made by the United States to advance this objective.

The debate was sponsored by the American Society of International Lawyers and the United Nations Association and represented, to my knowledge, the first time the proposition had been squarely joined in a public setting.  It was supposed to involve just retired Career Ambassador Thomas Pickering and me, but wound up featuring as well comments from one of the prime-movers behind the denuclearization initiative, former Reagan strategic arms negotiator Max Kampelman.

It turned out that the proponents of a world free of nuclear arms were long on aspiration and short on credible responses to my contention that common sense dictates such an end state would not be desirable, even if it somehow could be achieved.  Hard experience suggests that such an international environment would be prone to renewed cataclysms of the kind that afflicted the planet twice in the last century, at the cost of tens of millions of lives.

Messrs. Pickering and Kampelman were no more convincing on the mechanics of eliminating all nuclear weapons, given the widespread availability of the relevant technology and know-how and the ease with which small arsenals could be concealed by dictators ruling closed societies. 

Such are, in a manner of speaking, "the President's new clothes."

In fact, the most striking thing about the proponents' presentations was their profession - in the face of the foregoing objections - that they merely favored a "close look" at the idea of ridding the globe of nuclear weapons.  I was obliged repeatedly to point out that, while I would have no objection to doing that, we were well past such an exercise:  The President has formally and repeatedly declared that it is the policy of the United States to bring about a world without nuclear arms.  And he views New START as not just evidence of America's commitment to doing just that; it is also an important means of advancing that aim.

Which brings us to the testimony Tuesday on Capitol Hill.  The main thrust - at least of the Pentagon leaders' portion - was telegraphed in an op.ed. published in the Wall Street Journal last week by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.  It crowed that an $80 billion "modernization" program would be implemented over the next ten years alongside the New START accord. 

How to square this vast expenditure with the President's determination to "devalue" nuclear weapons and move America toward zero?  This is where the bait-and-switch comes in.  Forty-one Senators wrote Mr. Obama in December stating that they would not be able to vote for any new START accord unless it were accompanied by a comprehensive modernization plan.  That's seven more than are needed to block ratification; with Scott Brown's addition to the Senate, there are probably forty-two legislators who will insist that the nation's nuclear deterrent be upgraded.

What is more, since virtually every member of the U.S. Senate will profess (as, by the way, does Barack Obama), that we will need to maintain that deterrent for the foreseeable future (the President says for the rest of his lifetime), the administration has to be seen as doing something about a natty reality:  Our nuclear weapons are, on average, 30 years-old and have not been realistically tested since 1992.  Hence the $80 billion, ten-year "modernization" program.

The trouble is that President Obama says that expenditure will not buy a single new weapon.  Nor will any of it go towards testing the ones we have by exploding any of them underground - the only way to be absolutely certain they work.  Neither will we  reestablish the industrial base to build more than a handful of weapons.  Similarly, we will not actually manufacture any new bombers or missile launchers on land or at sea to replace the aging ones now in the force. 

What we will do, though, is communicate the President's commitment to the devaluing of the nuclear mission and enterprise.  Particularly when combined with the foregoing restrictions, such a message is certain to encourage the high-quality scientists, engineers and technicians upon whom our deterrent critically depends to find other work.

Senators must explore New START's myriad other problems - including its inequitable limits, strategically ominous constraints on U.S. missile defenses and non-nuclear systems, inadequate verification, etc. But their main job should be to lay bare the underlying, unacceptable and deliberately obscured proposition:  If ratified, this treaty will implicate the Senate in a radical, wooly-headed disarmament agenda that has at its core the unilateral denuclearization of the United States through the unchecked atrophying of its arsenal. 

The right response:  No thanks to "the President's new clothes."


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