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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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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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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

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

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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 July 13, 2009 / 20 Tamuz 5769

Obama's breathtaking naivete — Or is it a hint of something worse?

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | He didn't arrive in Moscow wearing a leisure suit and platform shoes, but there was a distinct 1970s retro feel to President Barack Obama's summit meeting in Russia.

With his job approval numbers sinking as unemployment rises, Mr. Obama was eager for the appearance of a foreign policy success.

Too eager, say JWR columnist Charles Krauthammer and former Army intelligence officer Ralph Peters.

The proposed nuclear arms reduction treaty Mr. Obama negotiated with Russia's titular leader, President Dmitry Medvedev, and it's actual leader, Prime Minister Vladmir Putin, is "useless at best, detrimental at worst," Mr. Krauthammer said.

"We got nothing of real importance," LtCol. Peters said. "But the government of puppet-master Vladimir Putin got virtually all it wanted. For Moscow, this was Christmas in July."

What struck me was how passe the exercise was. In the 1970s and 1980s, when the prospect of a nuclear confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union was very real, arms control negotiations were a big deal. But such an agreement with Russia today is as relevant as a treaty with the Austro-Hungarian empire to limit the number of battleships.

The New York Times recently unearthed an article Barack Obama had written in 1983 for the student newspaper at Columbia University endorsing a nuclear freeze. Young Mr. Obama turned out to have been completely wrong in his prognostications, which is not unusual for college students. The Moscow summit suggests his erroneous views have been unaffected by the developments of the last 26 years.

Russia today is much weaker than the Soviet Union was thought to be in the 1970s and 1980s. It's economy is the size of Belgium's. It's committing demographic suicide.

"According to Pravda, there are 22 million Russian men of the prime age to be new fathers, 20 to 40 years old," noted my friend Jack Wheeler.

"Of these, almost a million are in prison, over two million are registered alcoholics, close to three million registered drug addicts…Eighty percent of Russian women have had abortions."

A report by the Public Opinion Foundation in Moscow indicates 54 percent of Russians over the age of 12 have never used the internet; 36 percent have never once used a computer, Mr. Wheeler said.

It takes remarkable incompetence to get one's lunch eaten in negotiations with such a shrinking "power," but the White House staff — which misspelled Mr. Obama's name in the communique issued after the summit — was up to the task.

In the words of Claudia Rosett, the Wall Street Journal's bureau chief in Moscow in the 1980s, Mr. Obama agreed to "scrap real capabilities in tandem with Russia retiring some of its rusting junk."

Most alarming, said LtCol. Peters, was the president's pledge to reduce our number of dual capable systems such as bombers and submarines. "Moscow knows we aren't going to start a nuclear war with Russia," Mr. Peters said. "Putin wants to cut our conventional capabilities to stage globe-spanning military operations. He wants to cut us down to Russia's size."

Mr. Obama also agreed to a linkage between offensive and defensive systems, which is bad for two reasons. The first is because we are far, far ahead of the Russians on ballistic missile defense. The second is because the Obama-Putin deal undercuts our new friends in Eastern Europe.

"Obama doesn't even seem to understand the ramifications of this concession," Mr. Krauthammer said. "Poland and the Czech Republic thought they were regaining their independence when they joined NATO.

They now see that the shield negotiated with us and subsequently ratified by all of NATO is in limbo. Russia and America will have to 'come to terms' on the issue…This is precisely the kind of compromised sovereignty that Russia wants to impose on its ex-Soviet colonies — and that U.S. president of both parties for the last 20 years have resisted."

In Iran, Honduras, and now Eastern Europe, President Obama has extended his hand to anti-American dictators, and given the back of his hand to people seeking freedom, democracy and the rule of law. Is this the product of breathtaking naivete? Or is it a hint of something worse?

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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