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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 April 4, 2011 / 29 Adar II, 5771

What's That He Said?

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Welcome to the Muddle East, which these days extends across North Africa to Tripoli and points west. Now that Barack Obama has explained this country's policy toward Libya -- or by maybe by now it's NATO's policy, or the UN's, or the European Community's, or anybody's but his -- it's as muddled as ever. If not more so.

How sum up that policy?

To sum up the president's long-awaited speech about American policy toward Libya, which isn't an easy task, and may be an impossible one, the president believes that country's long-time dictator and nutcase (not necessarily in that order) must go, but doesn't believe in ousting him.

Got that?

Furthermore, all the airstrikes now being unleashed against Moammar Gadhafi's regime have only a humanitarian aim: to protect Libya's civilian population.

In that case, the best way to protect Libya's people from a protracted civil war with all its death and destruction would be to get rid of Col. Gadhafi and so end this war as soon as possible.

But that's not American policy, either, or if it is, the president doesn't dare say so, perhaps even to himself.

A nice palace in Saudi Arabia surely awaits Gadhafi and his clan as soon as they quit Tripoli. Or maybe a nice island retreat can be found for him -- on Elba or St. Helena, which is where the European powers finally dispatched their Napoleon.

Yet the president pretends that overthrowing this little Bonaparte is not American policy. It's just something to be hoped for.

But hope, as Margaret Thatcher used to say, is no substitute for an effective policy. Like ending this war by getting the rebels what they need to win it and overthrow the tyrant.

Yet our president disdains the very words Regime Change. He shouldn't.

The air campaign in Libya, explains the president, isn't ours any longer but is now under the command of NATO.

Oh, well, that changes everything, doesn't it? Never mind that the United States is still a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, indeed its leading member, and that most of these airstrikes are being made by American forces.

Do you think they even bother to paint over the U.S. insignia on the jet bombers and Tomahawk missiles?

But the president and commander supposedly in chief says different. He says he's no longer in charge of this operation. In short, pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

At this point, it could be the Wizard of Oz explaining American/NATO/UN/EC policy, but even a little girl from Kansas like Dorothy could see this is still basically an American operation whatever the president pretends. Maybe even little Toto could see as much.

Our mission in Libya may remain largely undefined, unfortunately, but it's undeniably ours. Yet our president pretends it's somebody else's, maybe the world's in general.

At the moment official American policy has so many reservations, evasions, zigzags and gaps in general that it remains, in Churchill's phrase, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, wispy as a cloudbank.

Do you think even the president knows what his policy is? Or has thought it through? If so, he's not telling the rest of us, not clearly. Here's my best guess: It consists mainly of hoping for the best. Plus a lot of gestures that cancel each other out.

If you're looking for a clear, concise editorial judgment on the president's explanation of his (non)policy, look no further than this observation from straight-talking, agree-with-him-or-not Mitch McConnell, the minority leader of the U.S. Senate:

"If the American people are uncertain about our military objectives in Libya, it's with good cause."

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