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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 April 30, 2009 / 6 Iyar 5769

Obama second-guesses actions in unsafe world

By Jonathan Gurwitz

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and many patriotic citizens who served in their administrations are fortunate Dwight Eisenhower succeeded them in power rather than Barack Obama.

In response to an attack on the United States that claimed the lives of thousands of Americans, Roosevelt waged a war during which he authorized the forcible relocation and internment of more than 100,000 Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans.

When the FBI arrested eight suspected German saboteurs on U.S. soil, Roosevelt had them tried by a military tribunal, which sent six of them — including one American citizen — to the electric chair within weeks.

Roosevelt approved military strategies that included firebombing Japanese and German cities. And Truman authorized the use of two atomic weapons on Japan which — as President Obama dutifully noted during his recent European apology tour — represent history's only use of the ultimate weapon against human targets.

Roosevelt and Truman did not make these decisions lightly, or alone. Lawyers, judges, military officers, scientists and civilian experts all contributed to the creation of wartime policies.

Those policies, considered on a bright, sunny, safe day in April 2009, may appear disturbing. But in the midst of a conflict the United States did not start, against savage and even genocidal enemies racing to develop and use weapons of mass destruction, Roosevelt and Truman made difficult judgments, some of which — though incomprehensible to critics today — saved American lives and shortened a cataclysmic war.

Eisenhower was more than an armchair observer in a state legislature during this crucible of history. "The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you," he wrote to the men of the Allied Expeditionary Force before the landing at Normandy. So it is perhaps understandable that after those hopes and prayers were finally answered, Eisenhower felt no need to second-guess the legality or morality of the decisions made by his predecessors in the White House.

If, however, by some fluke of history the 44th president were the 34th president, that might not have been so.

After an attack on the United States that claimed the lives of thousands of Americans, in the midst of a conflict against a savage enemy racing to obtain and use weapons of mass destruction, President Bush developed policies with advice and counsel. He briefed members of Congress about them, including Nancy Pelosi. And, though incomprehensible to critics today, some of those policies saved American lives.

"Those methods, read on a bright, sunny, safe day in April 2009, appear graphic and disturbing," wrote Obama's Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair. But they also produced information that helped deter the follow-on attacks everyone expected after Sept. 11, 2001.

Enhanced interrogation methods, Blair wrote, produced "high-value information" that provided a "deeper understanding of the al-Qaida organization attacking this country." That's Obama's intelligence chief, not Dick Cheney.

After releasing the Bush-era memos on enhanced interrogation, Obama said he was opposed to anyone being prosecuted. Then, he allowed, maybe some people would be prosecuted. Does anyone know where criminalizing policy differences would end? Will the next president try to prosecute Obama and those Navy SEALs for shooting Somali pirates before reading them their Miranda rights?

Investigate? Yes. We need to have a clear understanding of what decisions were made, right or wrong, and the context in which they were made.

But if individuals making difficult judgments during those dark and uncertain days of 2001 and 2002 can be prosecuted for doing what they believed was legal, moral and necessary to save American lives, then every president — including Obama — will be the weaker for it. So will the nation.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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