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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 March 4, 2009 / 8 Adar 5769

Then and now

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama probably wouldn't be president if he hadn't taken a strong stand against the war in Iraq. He was an underdog to Sen. Hillary Clinton when the Democratic primaries began, and needed an issue to distinguish himself from her. He chose her vote to authorize the war. The strategy worked. Mr. Obama gained the support of the antiwar Left, which was crucial in the early primaries.

After he wrapped up the nomination, Mr. Obama talked less about Iraq, partly because the extreme position he had taken wasn't as appealing to a general election electorate, partly because by the summer of 2008 it was clear the troop surge was working.

But even during the Democratic primaries Mr. Obama talked about another war, the war in Afghanistan. That was the important war, he said. He'd beef up the U.S. presence there.

Strategically, Mr. Obama's emphasis on Afghanistan was nutty. Iraq, a populous, oil rich country in the heart of the Arab world, is strategically critical. Afghanistan is a backward bywater.

But politically, it made a great deal of sense. The moonbats, thrilled by his opposition to the war in Iraq, overlooked Mr. Obama's hawkish rhetoric about Afghanistan. And no Republican could accuse him of being weak on national security. He wasn't against fighting America's enemies; he just wanted to fight them in the right place.

But a national security policy designed chiefly for its effects on domestic politics has its drawbacks. President Obama says little about Iraq these days, since he's essentially following George W. Bush's strategy there. And Afghanistan — where he has announced he will boost U.S. troop strength by 17,000 — has become "his" war.

That war isn't going well. "Nearly every indicator in Afghanistan is heading in the wrong direction," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said in a speech Feb 25. "The number of insurgent attacks was higher every single week in 2008 than during the same week in 2007."

With the war in Iraq all but over, the antiwar Left is developing a predictable queasiness about Afghanistan. "We've seen a hopeful presidency, Lyndon Johnson's presidency, burn up in the furnace of war," President Obama's onetime pal, former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, said in an interview Feb. 23. "I fear that this brilliant young man, could easily burn their prospect of a great presidency in the war in Afghanistan."

President Obama has ordered an interagency review of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, to be completed before the NATO summit meeting in April. Such a review is long overdue.

"It's our own failed policies that are the problem," Sen. McCain said. "We have tried to win this war without enough troops, without sufficient economic aid, without effective coordination, and without a clear strategy."

There is no doubt egregious unforced errors have greatly complicated the situation in Afghanistan. Lewis Irwin, a professor at Duquesne university and a colonel in the Army Reserve who spent six months in 2007-2008 as an advisor to the Afghan national police, described in an off the record discussion with the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mind-blowing examples of insularity and lack of coordination between the U.S. military and civilian agencies, and between the U.S. and other NATO governments. But the fundamental strategic situation is this: we cannot lose in Afghanistan as long as we maintain a major military presence there. But we cannot win as long as the Taliban has a safe haven in Pakistan.

Afghanistan has become the principal front in the war on terror, and that's curious, because we are fighting there the Taliban, not al Qaida. The Taliban are evil mean nasty rotten guys, but they want to control Afghanistan, not blow up shopping malls in Miami.

We can't just walk away from Afghanistan, as the antiwar Left would like to do. But we need a clear-headed understanding of what our strategic goals are there, what it is likely to cost to achieve them, and whether the American people are willing to bear that cost.

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