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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 Dec. 21, 2010 / 15 Teves, 5771

Just say no to New START

By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The 111th Congress has been discredited by its arrogant disregard for the public and has been repudiated at the polls. President Obama and his allies in the Senate are, nonetheless, trying to use the lame-duck session to get a "zombie Senate" to foist on the American people right before Christmas a dangerous New START nuclear arms treaty with Russia. There are compelling reasons why the handful of Republican senators who will decide whether this treaty is approved in its present form - under artificially constrained circumstances that allow minimal opportunity for informed debate - should just say no. Some of the most compelling include:

The treaty would leave the Russians with thousands more nuclear weapons than the United States when their 10-to-1 advantage in "tactical" arms is factored in. Moreover, the Kremlin's tactical weapons are mostly modern. Ours are, on average, more than 30 years old; some actually rely on vacuum tubes. Theirs are deployed forward near our allies and, in some cases, are being moved still closer in order to intimidate America's friends. Meanwhile, our tactical bombs, artillery shells, etc., are no longer deployed aboard Navy ships; many of them are kept in the United States and therefore are of limited, if any, deterrent value.

What is more, Russian doctrine holds that such weapons are usable and probably decisive in war-fighting. Moscow's large arsenal of tactical nukes will be even more of a threat if sharp cuts are made in the "nuclear umbrella" historically provided to our friends by our strategic deterrent. Does anyone think this will make the world safer and strengthen America security?

New START shrinks the U.S. deterrent at a time when the threat from dangerous countries is growing, unconstrained by the treaty.China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Burma and Venezuela are among those increasingly hostile nations that have obtained nuclear weapons or are working to get them. This list may shortly include others who have, until now, been American allies but may feel, under the circumstances, obliged "go nuclear" as well. If we are seen as less able - or willing - to protect them with our deterrent, the world is likely to have a lot more nuclear weapons, not fewer of them (let alone be rid of them, as Mr. Obama hopes) and surely to be a lot more dangerous for the United States.

New START will allow the Russians to have a say - and what amounts to a veto - over America's defenses against missile attack. The Russians have said they will withdraw from the treaty if we improve the quantity or quality of our very limited anti-missile capabilities. That threat will be more than enough to dissuade an Obama administration that already has cut, slowed and refused to deploy U.S. anti-missile programs.

Such an arrangement is especially crazy because other dangerous countries that are not parties to New START are building up their ability to attack us and our allies with ballistic missiles. For example, Iran soon will have a base for such missiles in Venezuela - a new Cuban missile crisis in the making. Why should Moscow be able to decide whether we can protect the American people from those missiles?

Russian compliance with New START cannot be properly verified. This is a particular problem because the Kremlin has cheated on every arms-control treaty it has ever signed. Incredibly, New START supporters say that without this treaty, we won't be able to monitor what the Russians are doing. In fact, because the treaty provides limited verification arrangements, we will only be able to monitor what Moscow wants us to monitor. You can bet that cheating will take place in the future in Russia, but it probably will occur in the countless places where we are not allowed to conduct inspections.

Under kleptocratic Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the Russian government is not our friend, let alone a reliable partner. The claim that New START is necessary to "reset" relations is misleading, and potentially dangerously so. In fact, Mr. Putin and his ruling clique are deeply hostile to America. He is continuing to arm, protect and otherwise embolden our enemies around the world. For example, Russia is making nuclear-weapons-relevant know-how and technology available to the likes of Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. It also is continuing to proliferate ballistic missiles, advanced anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, submarines, tanks, highly capable fighter planes and immense quantities of AK-47 automatic rifles - without regard for the danger they will pose in the Middle East, Far East and even Latin America.

As a result, the United States, its allies and interests are at greater risk by the day. New START actually would reward the Kremlin for such behavior, rather than end it.

Action on the treaty to date has shown that the Senate's political equivalent of the "living dead" and other members of the 111th Congress cannot address these problems in the few days left in the lame-duck session. That is precisely why Mr. Obama is insisting that it vote on New START before year's end.

There is no compelling reason why the Senate should vote on New START under these circumstances - and plenty of reasons why it should not. If Mr. Obama insists on senators approving this defective treaty without sufficient time and information to debate and assess - let alone fix - its problems, at least 34 of them should firmly just say no.


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