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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 May 8, 2012/ 16 Iyar, 5772

The great American guessing game: Who for vice president?

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When it come to the Republicans' choice for president this year, it's all over but the shoutin' in Tampa.

The great hall, the red-white-and-blue balloons, the signs proudly proclaiming the name of each state from Alabama to Wyoming, the carefully planned spontaneous demonstrations, the whole super-sized hullabaloo ... it should all be set to go by the time the delegates start pouring in to nominate The Next President of the United States! (Applause, cheers and pre-programmed pandemonium.)

Nothing seems to change every four years except maybe the name on the sea of placards that'll cover the convention floor at the designated hour, which should coincide with prime time on the East Coast. Everything should go off without a hitch now that the long slog through the primaries has been concluded.

Oh, yes, there's one small detail to be decided: Who's going to be Mitt Romney's running mate?

At this stage, everybody and his cousin are still on the list of possibilities. What fun. You can pick your own favorite from a wide, not to say unlimited, assortment of candidates. Think of it as an office football pool writ large.

How about a U.S. senator for veep? Among the names frequently floated: Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Marco Rubio of Florida, John Thune of South Dakota ... and many more. Insiders say Rob Portman of Ohio has the inside track -- this week -- mainly because he's of Ohio. And that'll be a battleground state this year, maybe the battleground state.

There was a time when the Republican presidential nominee, a Mr. Lincoln from Illinois, had to consider battleground states in the literal sense. By the time he won the election of 1860, the new president would need not just to save the Union but put it back together. "I hope to have God on my side," he is said to have told a friend, "but I must have Kentucky!" Mr. Romney may feel the same way about Ohio this year.

Political junkies picking a candidate for the GOP's No. 2 slot can also choose from a random assortment of governors (Chris Christie of New Jersey, anyone?), former senators (like Rick Santorum, late a presidential candidate himself), former governors (like Jeb Bush of Florida) or just someone from the sprawling category known as Other (Rudy Giuliani of New York, for example, or Donald Trump of Reality TV).

Not to spoil the fun, or introduce a radical idea, but how about choosing a vice president not out of political calculation, but just because he'd make the best vice president?

Mitt Romney's background as a highly successful businessman and governor is well known by now, but success at home cannot be separated from success abroad -- and his record in foreign affairs would seem pretty much a blank. Just as Barack Obama's was four years ago.

Mr. Obama's idea of filling that rather important post was The Hon. Joe Biden, vice president of the United States and national joke. Mr. Romney needs to select a running mate with a record of accomplishment in matters of war and peace that inspires respect, not hoots.

Who would that be? Here's a possibility: the one outstanding general to come out of this country's War on Terror, which our current president can't even call by its right name.

How about the four-star general who designed the Surge, turning the tide in Iraq and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat? Despite all the doomsayers at the time who said it couldn't be done, notably Sens. Obama and Clinton. (It was Hillary Clinton who said it would take a "willing suspension of disbelief" to credit the general's strategy -- a crack she has never apologized for, to my knowledge.)

Having turned the war in Iraq around in short order -- remember how bleak things looked in 2006? -- this same general went on to outline the slow, arduous course it will still take to secure an always restive Afghanistan.

This general wasn't about to acquiesce in a policy that would let Afghanistan's mountainous interior become a terrorist base again -- a course even Barack Obama has come to adopt, however reluctantly and incompletely.

Now retired, the general heads the Central Intelligence Agency, which continues to play an essential role in keeping America -- and the West -- secure.

All of which is why Mr. Romney would do well to choose as his running mate not some senator or governor sure to help him carry a big, battleground state in November -- but just the best choice for the job:

Gen. David H. Petraeus., U.S. Army (Ret.).

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