In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 Feb. 7, 2011 / 3 Adar I, 5771

Neocons not so nuts after all?

By Dave Weinbaum

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | About five years ago, as I began to write op-eds, I took a trip to DC. I visited my brother-in-law, Dave Renken at Fox News DC, where Dave is a top technician. There I got to meet and talk to Brit Hume, Mia Liasson, Juan Williams, Fred Barnes, Newt and the founder of the Project for a New American Century (aka, neocons), Bill Kristol.

Kristol was the latest in a long line of neoconservatives starting back in the 70's, including his father, Irving Kristol. As I approached Bill, the publisher of The Weekly Standard, I said, in total innocence and admiration, "Great to meet the king of the neocons!" You'd have thought I slapped him upside the face with a two-by-four. He acted as if I had used an ethnic slur.

I was surprised by his reaction; but knowing how others had viciously argued against the PNAC on Yahoo financial message boards, it became clear that this was one more way to castigate those promoting a stronger US. Bill and some of the PNAC signees were conservative Jews. They were labeled as Israeli loving traitors.

I should have known better.

The one thing about the Ottoman Empire is at least everyone got to put their feet up

Since my encounter with Kristol, we've had a progressive president elected. He stooped before Islamic Kings, both physically and in speech. Obama blamed America for being wrong and arrogant. Seemingly, he was representing his selectors, Louis Farrakhan, Reverend Wright and Father Pflager as well as his voting place tenders, the New Black Panthers. They are unanimous in their condemnation of "AmeriKKK" and their 9/11 "…chickens coming home to roost!"

I think by now, in the middle of the Egyptian crisis, we've seen the failure of these suck-up policies.

Worse, if we consider Obama to be a reasonably intelligent man, then one might conclude that he is fostering the results of his actions, not regretting them.

Just months ago, the President had a chance to back another people's revolution in Iran. His support of the Mullahs running that country against the freedom-yearning Iranians was all too obvious. This is consistent with his insistence on the immediate removal of 30-year ally Mubarek so early on in the demonstrations. For all intents and purposes if Mubarek accedes, the result will be a major inducement for a radical Islamic caliphate in most of the highest populated countries in Africa and the entire Arabic peninsula.

Now there's a base to train terrorists we might have trouble containing.

And Mubarek was a leader who has kept the peace with Israel for 30 years and remained on good if not great terms with five American administrations.

Facing the battle will annoy your enemies but get their respect

They may have hated Bush, but they respected him . In Obama's case, he fails on both measures. Yet, from his apparent ineptness, he has created an opportunity for the ignition of an Islamic caliphate on the lines of the Ottoman Empire. I'm not as sure about ineptness as I am intent.

Even progressives like Chris Matthews are beginning to have second thoughts about the PNAC and neocons. Matthews ponders whether they were right, after vilifying them for years.

The PNAC was born out of frustration with the military cuts of the Clinton Administration as well as deficient intelligence agencies and the diplomacy based on faulty world view.

Let us revisit the short version of what the PNAC (neocons) stood for. This is from their 1997 statement: "The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge and to meet threats before they become dire."

The PNAC also promoted encouraging democracy VS dictatorships as tutored by us. If you consider the results in Iran, Gaza and Lebanon, where pro-radicals were elected then opted for a Sharia law, we may want to reconsider that strategy.

Egypt is a great case in point. If the Muslim Brotherhood gets its tentacles into the government as it surely will, war against Israel will be too tempting for the Jew-hating Muslim caliphate to pass up.

In honor of Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday today here are a few of his relevant quotes:

  • "History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap."

  • "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same."

  • And finally and most ironically, "The greatest security for Israel is to create more Egypts."

As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, one could find it tough to conclude our efforts against fanatical Islam have been successful. Bill Kristol, meet your successor. As Sarah Palin suggests, we need to rethink and then reload.

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