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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 Jan. 17, 2014/ 16 Shevat, 5774

The question that haunts the West

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | When the going gets tough, the tough are supposed to get going. But not in Obama World. Not in Hillary World, either. When the telephone rings at 3 o'clock in the morning the convenient response is to let it ring. It might be bad news. Better to turn over and try to get back to sleep.

The Senate Intelligence Committee's long-anticipated and much-feared report on its investigation into what happened at the American legation in Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, was devastating in its particulars. The senators cited chapter and verse of the kind of incompetence and irresponsibility that we once thought was what you could expect in banana republics and backwaters of the undeveloped world. But not here.

But it was more than that: The report and the official response to it revealed something about us that is truly terrifying. What kind of idiot country are we becoming in this second decade of the 21st Century? An official spokesman for the State Department, which imagines it's the keeper of the nation's conscience, suggested that when the going gets tough, the tough should run home. Maybe the world is just too dangerous for Americans to get out and about in it. Said the spokesman: "Hard decisions must be made when it comes to whether the United States should operate in dangerous overseas locations." Quote, unquote.

There's no understanding of history in the nooks and crannies of this administration, the understanding that United States does not retreat from "operating in dangerous overseas locations." The day it does the nation is finished. Not so long ago everyone understood that, and gloried in the determination that such a day would never come. Stonewall Jackson warned soldiers to "never take counsel with your fears." Now this administration enthrones fear.

Franklin D. Roosevelt did not say, on Dec. 8, 1941, that "the empire of Japan looked pretty tough at Pearl Harbor, with all those bombs and stuff, and maybe Congress should make a 'hard decision' to bring everybody home." Who would miss all that sand in Hawaii?



Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower did not say, on June 7, 1945, that he had looked over the carnage at Omaha Beach of the day before and cabled the White House that "hard decisions must be made when it comes to whether the United States should operate in dangerous overseas locations." All that rain, not to say anything about the mud, blood and gore, and not an umbrella in anybody's backpack. Who needs Normandy, anyway? Why couldn't everyone just catch a train to Paris and spend the afternoon sipping an aperitif on the Champs Elysees?

A mere spokesman at the State Department, which imagines that its true mission is to give away what blood and guts of others wins, does not speak for the nation. Such a spokesman does not necessarily speak for the president and his present and former secretary of State, but this remark, which will be carefully read and considered in every foreign ministry and terrorist's cave where evil men meet to conspire against the last best hope of men yearning to breathe free, reflects the clear and present mindset of both President Obama and Hillary Clinton. We see this mindset reflected in everything the president and his minions do. This is the mindset Hillary wants to take with her minions to the White House.

We have no one at the White House or in Foggy Bottom step up to disown this craven and poisonous sentiment. The cocker spaniels and poodles of press and tube have not even noticed the remark and its obvious implications for America's place in the world, and how the rest of the world will regard and respond to America.

The Senate Intelligence Committee barely mentions Hillary Clinton in the summary of its investigation. There's no mystery about why. The Republicans on the Intelligence Committee got the strongest report they could, and the price was going easy on the woman the Democrats expect to be their candidate for president in 2016.

"The great question of our day," said Ariel Sharon, who died only the other day, "is whether the Jewish people of Israel can find within [them] the will to survive as a nation." This is the question that can be asked not just of Israel, but the question that haunts every thoughtful man and woman in the West. All around is confusion and complacency in the face of challenge. Blind ambition is never a substitute for leadership. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton prove it every day.

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