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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 June 25, 2010 / 13 Tamuz 5770

Sacking the general doesn't change much

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Obama rids himself of a particularly clueless general, but his fundamental problem remains. The clueless general is Stanley McChrystal. The president's fundamental problem is himself.

The president and the general were doomed from the beginning to part ways. The general understood the war and thought he knew how to win it. The president thinks it's enough to give the war effort a lick and a promise, say some nice and inoffensive things about soldiers and sacrifice, and get out. He's got a community on his far left to organize.

Mr. Obama told us and more important, the unrepentant foe in Afghanistan all anyone needs to know in his famous speech at West Point when he promised to get the troops out by next summer not necessarily winning by next summer, but quitting by next summer. Good old Joe Biden, the vice president, added emphasis to the president's pledge when he told a magazine interviewer that "in July 2011, you're going to see a whole lot of people moving out [of Afghanistan], bet on it."

No one can argue with the president's sacking of the general; the McChrystal affront was so audacious and so contemptuous that it's tempting to believe barracks scuttlebutt that it was calculated to force the president's hand, and ignite a debate over what's wrong in Afghanistan and what to do about it. If Mr. Obama has been looking for someone's mule to kick, he found the right mule.

The McChrystal incident is a useful reminder to one and all that civilians run the military. The smart generals understand this, and understand the peril in mixing politics and the military. We can sympathize with the general's frustration and even agree with some of the things he told Rolling Stone, and still agree that the president did what he had to do. Gen. George C. Marshall, the architect of strategy in World War II, was so determined not to show partisanship that he never laughed at President Roosevelt's jokes, lest he show partisan bias. (Since FDR was not much of a stand-up comic, keeping a straight face in White House meetings was not difficult).

Mr. Obama showed an unusual bit of temper with war planners after he dismissed the general, telling them sharply that the mission in Afghanistan is critical and he will brook no "division" in the ranks, here or there. But there is division already, and it was put there by the weak and indecisive president, who, like the general, can't keep his aides and orderlies marching in formation. Defense Secretary Robert Gates contradicted good old Joe's echo of the president about next summer's withdrawal, insisting that nothing has been decided and the president's deadline is only "a starting point."

The president obviously still thinks a few more speeches can spike the Islamic guns. Mr. Obama has already banished "terrorism" from the world, or at least banished that naughty word, replacing it with something more or less benign that he calls "man-made disasters." Even as he was calling the general home to be cashiered one of his special envoys was busy making nice with the enablers of "man-made disasters." Rashad Hussain, the president's special envoy to the Organization for the Islamic Conference, a Saudi front financed and dedicated to "protect" Jerusalem from the Israelis, says the president should henceforth be called the "Educator-in-Chief on Islam." The president's White House dinners, celebrating Ramadan and other Islamic holidays, demonstrate that Islam is now as American as apple pie or a platter of ham and eggs).

Mr. Hussain praised the president for sending Valerie Jarrett, a senior aide, to a session of the shady Islamic Society of North America. He told the Woodrow Wilson International Institute for Scholars in Washington that the United States will support an Islamic effort in the United Nations to "criminalize defamation of religion," i.e., "criticism" of Muslim violations of human rights. "The [Organization for the Islamic Conference] and the Obama administration will work together in the U.N. on the issue of defamation of religion, especially in Europe," he said. Since the U.N. is not notably offended by criticism of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists or Whirling Dervishes, it's clear enough where the U.N. means for this to go.

The week's events demonstrate that President Obama either hasn't figured out who the enemy is in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the aims of radical Islam vs. the West. Sacking a general doesn't change any of that.

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