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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

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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

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

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Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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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

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Jewish World Review March 23, 2006 / 23 Adar, 5766

For Bush, too late for talk

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If President Bush's press conference Tuesday carried a title, it would be "Freewheelin'." He careened all over the emotional highway — forceful, animated and impassioned one minute, jocular, testy and exasperated the next. At some points during the hour-long give-and-take, he was at his resolute best, at other moments, he looked goofy and punch-drunk. If you like roller coasters, you had to love the ride.


That's how the juiced President looked and sounded, but here's what matters: Will it work? Will his energized effort boost sagging support for Iraq, and for his presidency?


Probably not. It's past time to put up or shut up.


The majority of Americans have given up on the war and want an honorable and quick way out. And Bush has only himself to blame. Or maybe Rumsfeld and Cheney.


The public was for the war and was willing to stick with the President even as the quick toppling of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein turned into a bloody slog. They reelected Bush even though by November 2004, it was clear that nothing in Iraq was going as planned.


But time and the bloodshed have given rise to a new view of the conflict, and the administration waging it. It's the "I word" and it's a show-stopper: incompetent.


The charge that the administration is all thumbs is gaining steam and it's not coming from just die-hard Democrats. I think of it as the nondenominational argument, one that stretches across the political spectrum. Its resonance explains the polls showing independents and even some Republicans losing heart. Debates about whether we should be in Iraq have given way to doubts about whether we can recover from our blunders. As the body count mounts, and as the tales and pictures of horror multiply, the doubts grow.


While Bush now concedes those doubts and has begun to confront them more directly, Cheney adds to them every time he opens his pie hole. On Sunday, asked on CBS about his claim three years ago that "we will be greeted as liberators" and one last year that the insurgency was in its "last throes," he insisted both claims were accurate and blamed the media for distorting the facts. Echoes of Vietnam there — right down to spreading B.S. and blaming the messenger for the odor. He should just put a sock in it.


Yet, as bad as the facts are in Iraq, the incompetence charge doesn't stop there. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's performance on Katrina continues to fuel it, with even the President saying yesterday he is bewildered by photos of unused trailers in Arkansas. "I've asked [Homeland Security boss Michael] Chertoff to find out, what are you going to do with them?" the President said. "The taxpayers aren't interested in 11,000 trailers just sitting there; do something with them."


That's a snapshot of his problem: When people begin to conclude you are incompetent, every mistake, every failure, cements the belief. At this point, Bush, whose approval rating is at 36%, almost needs a mistake-free presidency to win back the public.


That's an impossible standard, especially in Iraq. Events there are apparently like the weather — beyond the President's control. Unless the American public starts to see evidence that things are getting better, or at least starts to see less bad news, support will continue to decline. No amount of talking by the President will change that.

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