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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 1, 2011 / 26 Adar II, 5771

The kinetic warriors playing at war

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The revolutionaries in Libya are hitting their target, the empty sky, but Barack Obama, who wants to be a secret enabler, keeps firing blanks with his teleprompter. With no particular plan and nobody in particular in charge, it's an unusual way to run a railroad, a war or even a "kinetic military action."

Mr. Obama applies his famous formula of raising a cloud of dust and hoping for change, but hopey-changey continues to be a bust as a strategy for getting anything done.

There's growing sentiment within White House counsels to further arm the rebels, maybe even with heavy armor and tanks, a prospect not likely to frighten Muammar Gadaffi, whose fortunes have actually brightened over the past few days. Untrained and undisciplined "troops," such as they are, are rarely a match for an army, even a Muslim army. The only good news from Libya, such as it is, is that both sides are running low on ammunition. The rebels have spent a lot of bullets firing their guns at the sky, hardly making enough noise to frighten the occasional buzzard on the scout for breakfast.

"We need what Gadaffi has," a rebel commander tells the London Guardian. "We need rockets like Gadaffi has. We need tanks like Gadaffi has. We need weapons that can kill his rockets and tanks." Rebels armed with rockets could then punch bigger holes in the sky, perhaps even a few holes in low-hanging clouds, particularly the big puffy ones.

The rebels already have a few tanks, in fact, scavenged from the battlefield in the wake of air strikes that sent Gadaffi's terrified army fleeing helter-skelter from the town of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, like Lincoln's army decamping in panic from First Manassas. But the tanks haven't been used against Gadaffi's army because nobody knows how to get them started and keep them running in the right direction.

Back in Washington, the U.S. commander in chief is having trouble getting public opinion started. His "explanatory" speech about American arms and aims, laced with his usual bromides and pulpit flourishes ("if we had waited one more day Benghazi . . . could have suffered a massacre that would have . . . stained the conscience of the world") have moved no one but what's left of his choir. Platoons of pollsters were dispatched to plumb drowsy public sentiment. Rasmussen finds that 21 percent of Americans say they have no more idea than the commander in chief about what the West's coalition of the grudging hopes to accomplish in Libya. Quinnipiac University, whose polls are regarded highly by the pols, finds that the Obama approval rating — and prospects for re-election — have plunged to the lowest levels yet.

The reality on the Libyan desert explains, for anyone paying attention, the unlikely contrast in the ambitions and expectations of the Pentagon, charged with defending the nation's interests, and the diplomats in Foggy Bottom, highly trained to dribble those interests away. The diplomats want to fight (or persuade someone else to), and the warriors are wary, understanding that there's not much to fight with. The rebels have no one to train them or impose the discipline that is the difference between a mob and an army. The finance minister of the rebels — of the "government" officially recognized only by France — insists there are more than a thousand "trained fighters" in the rebel ranks but Western correspondents traveling with the rebels find no evidence of such fighters.

"The problem is not solely the rebels' lack of more powerful weapons," says Chris McGreal of the Guardian. "In the past [week] their disorganization has shown as they have been badly outmaneuvered by better-trained forces that have outflanked them with sweeps through the desert. The revolutionaries lack any defensive plan. Instead they fire wildly at the enemy and argue among themselves about what to do next and who should be giving orders — before turning and fleeing." That sounds a lot like what's going on among the aimless "leaders" of the coalition of the grudging. Mr. Obama says he "hopes" Gadaffi is deposed but deposing him is not the "aim" of the coalition.

Stonewall Jackson, a man of few words and many exploits, offers a little advice for commanders on the eve of battle. Soldiers, he said, should make short speeches, "but when you draw the sword, throw away the scabbard." That's the only strategy that ever works in war, or even in a "kinetic military action."

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