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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 August 13, 2013/ 7 Elul, 5773

When pigs fly over Arabia

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Every president sags at the finish line, weary, exhausted and tired of hearing himself trying to sound presidential. Barack Obama has at last discovered something he's good at: He's ahead of his predecessors, sagging early three years out.

He's boring everybody else, too. His presidential favorability ratings have fallen to 41 percent, which in the first year of a second term borders on dreadful. Ordinarily a president in this situation can count on an occasional crisis, particularly one involving sending the Marines to an obscure foreign shore. If such an opportunity doesn't fall on him a president may be tempted to invent one.

Mr. Obama needs a crisis, something dramatic and boiling with shot and shell, or at least the threat of fire and noise, anything to make people forget politics as usual.

Bill Clinton complained to friends that he was deprived of a really big crisis, and was doomed to leave no legacy beyond the stains he left on little blue dresses and the jokes he gave to television's late-night comics. No president wants to be the forgotten man, his legacy lost in the weeds. Gerald Ford was hardly president long enough to get his muffins out of the White House toaster. Herbert Hoover is remembered only for the Depression, which was not his fault. No one remembers anything about Chester Alan Arthur beyond the curiosity that he's our only president with three Christian names and no known surname.

A really exciting crisis can relieve a fading presidency of irrelevance, particularly in the president's own mind. President Obama, having suffered a grueling summer, beset with scandal and scam and beginning to hear restless whines in the White House kennel shared by the Bo, the president's dog, and the lap dogs of the Washington press, might have been tempted to invent something scary to distract the public. We know he would never do anything like that; he's from Chicago, after all.

But the great embassy-closing epidemic of the first of the dog days is beginning to give off a fragrance of spoiled fish, as in herrings, the red ones so esteemed for their ability to divert attention from scandal and incompetence. The White House insists the threat, whatever it was, was real, which is exactly what the White House would say. But the Washington analysts, some more polite than others and some slower of wit than others, are finally beginning to ration the mulligans. A senior government official in Yemen tells McClatchy newspapers that the White House claims of a foiled plot "have no basis in fact." With a certain bemusement, he says the scare began as an attempt to divert attention from U.S. drone attacks, unpopular in the Middle East and growing more unpopular in the United States.


"It's crazy pants," says Will McCants, a senior analyst of U.S. relations with the Islamic world for Brookings Institution, "and you can quote me." Other analysts, not necessarily as quotable as Mr. McCants, agree. But you don't have to be an analyst or a pundit to detect the stale whiff of politics in the closing of the diplomatic stations.

There's no shortage of things President Obama wants Americans not to think about: The continuing saga over the NSA leaks, the dread of Obamacare, now bearing down like a runaway train; the struggle over immigration reform and the general air of incompetence, inefficiency and impotence hanging over the White House like a dark cloudbank on a late summer's afternoon. So why not invoke the fear of another 9/11? It's a short-term solution but in the long run there is no long run. Politicians understand that.

Muslims groove on anniversaries and iconic imagery. An attack on that particular Sunday would have corresponded to President Obama's birthday. It was the 15th anniversary of a terrorist attack on U.S. embassies in Africa. The month-long feast of Ramadan was ending. How better to celebrate than with a reprise of September 11? The very questions make the warning about new attacks credible, and raise the scare quotient considerably.

Threats of wholesale crisis and carnage in the Middle East are not new. The warnings the embassy shut-downs were based on were first reported to the White House months ago. The State Department has been on "heightened alert" for almost a year since the consulate in Benghazi was seized and U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens slain.

Maybe the threat was real and the Islamist zealots delayed the attack to heighten suspense. Maybe those aren't drones over Yemen, but pigs flying in tight formation over Arabia.

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