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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 March 25, 2011 / 19 Adar II, 5771

On-the-job training for the president

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's nothing like someone saying "boo!" in the night to scatter a coalition of the unhappy, the unmanageable and the unwilling. Nobody has to be afraid of the Americans now. This is the change Barack Obama promised and delivered.

Muammar Gadaffi is sitting pretty, or at least sitting not-so-bad, only a week after the beginning and end of whatever it is that the French and the British cooked up and dragged in the reluctant Americans to do the dishes. Gadaffi is the sleeping dwarf, to paraphrase Admiral Yamamoto after Pearl Harbor (if you believe history as written by Hollywood), and filled him with a terrible rage for revenge. The allies, such as they are, are bumping, grinding and stumbling over each other to get out of his way. At the end of the week they were trying to come up with a committee to turn everything over to.

The French insist that those bombs their bombers are dropping on Libya don't really constitute "an act of war," though you couldn't prove it by anybody on the ground. President Obama vows there won't be a single American boot on the ground in Libya, but you can't tell that to the Marines, specifically the 2,200 men of the 26thMarine Expeditionary Force aboard the USS Kearsage lying off Tripoli.

Some of those 4,400 boots (assuming no peg-leg Marines) have already been on the ground, to rescue a downed American pilot. None of the rescuers arrived in either Nikes or Adidas, only boots. The White House says the operation will be over in a matter of "days, not weeks." French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says it will be a matter of "days or weeks but not months." Other American officials suggested that nobody knows.

There's more than confusion enough for everybody. When an interviewer from the Spanish-language network Univision asked President Obama what his exit strategy, if any, might be, the commander in chief replied with eloquent argle-bargle: "The exit strategy will be executed this week in the sense that we will be pulling back from our much more active efforts to shape the environment." Shape the environment? Everyone with a can of paint is frantically going green, but who would have guessed that making war is the proper work of the Environmental Protection Agency?

But why not? Our War No. 3 strikes a portent of wars to come. We're soon to be assigning gays to the military, women to combat, all under an admiral chief who has never heard a shot fired in anger. Harry S. Truman was mocked without mercy when he followed the lead of the mighty warriors at the United Nations to call the Korean War "a police action." Now the preferred word for war among politically correct Pentagon bureaucrats is "a kinetic action." Euphemisms like this may be the sugar that makes the medicine go down, but bullets still tear through flesh and bombs still burst like rockets showering a red glare. "To those who celebrate war (or at least find it grimly necessary)," observes Timothy Noah in Slate, the Web magazine, "'kinetic' fails to evoke the manly virtues of strength, fierceness and bravery. Imagine Rudyard Kipling writing the lines, 'For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, and 'chuck 'im out, the brute!' / But it's Savior of 'is country' when the U.K. goes kinetic.'"

The president returned from his vacation, or whatever it was south of the border, full of beans and hope and said he had "absolutely no doubt" the responsibility and control of the kinetic action in Libya would be shifted to other members of the coalition within days. "When this transition takes place," he said, "it is not going to be our planes that are maintaining the no-fly zone. It is not going to be our ships that are necessarily enforcing the arms embargo. That's precisely what the other nations are going to do."

Nobody expects this commander in chief to channel Stonewall Jackson or George S. Patton, but carefully parsed sentiments like those will never inspire fighting men to challenge tyranny with their sacrifice of blood. Nevertheless, that's as close as Barack Obama dares get to firing up the troops. We can understand his reluctance to involve the nation in Libya; Gallup finds that only 47 percent of his countrymen support kinetic action in Libya, the lowest support of a war ever (excluding our own Civil War, and Gallup wasn't around then). But no president can be forgiven for taking the nation to war with only half his heart in the effort. Mr. Obama's only excuse is that a woman dragged him into it. Blaming Hillary Clinton, who led the charge onto the shores of Tripoli, isn't much of a battle cry, either.

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