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 Oct. 13, 2009 / 25 Tishrei 5770

Obama dithers toward an Afghan defeat

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Our fortunes in Iraq began to turn around when the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment ran a classic counterinsurgency operation in the town of Tal Afar, between Mosul and the Syrian border.

The nine month campaign begun in May of 2005 turned an al Qaida stronghold into one of the most peaceful, pro-Western communities in Iraq. It "will serve as a case study in classic counterinsurgency, the way it is supposed to be done," a retired intelligence officer told the Washington Post's Tom Ricks.

It did serve as a blueprint for the strategy employed by Gen. David Petraeus throughout the country after the troop surge.

The 3rd ACR's success in Tal Afar was a product of the brains and courage of its commander, then Colonel, now Brigadier General H.R. McMaster.

A decade before, BGen. McMaster had displayed brains and courage of a different sort with the publication of his book, "Dereliction of Duty." The thesis of the book is that members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff knew President Lyndon Johnson and his Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, were pursuing a strategy in Vietnam based on domestic political concerns that was likely to lead to defeat, but none resigned in protest. All preferred keeping their jobs to their country's honor and the welfare of their troops.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the man President Obama chose to command in Afghanistan, may soon face the kind of test of character the Vietnam-era Joint Chiefs failed. Gen. McChrystal has made clear what he thinks is needed to turn around our deteriorating fortunes there. But President Obama is reluctant to commit the resources necessary to implement the strategy he signed off on in March.

Gen. McChrystal wants to implement a counterinsurgency strategy like that which worked in Iraq. He says he needs up to 40,000 more troops to do it. He sent an urgent request for them at the end of August, but the president has dithered.

Democrats fear if more troops are sent to Afghanistan, the war will divert attention and resources from President Obama's domestic agenda, as the Vietnam war did from LBJ's. Vice President Joe Biden has proposed an alternative strategy in which most U.S. troops would be withdrawn. Reliance would be placed instead on attacks on terrorist leaders by aircraft and drone missile strikes.

But Gen. McChrystal has said this won't work. And President Obama also fears the domestic political consequences of a withdrawal from Afghanistan, especially in light of all the things he said during the campaign about the importance of victory there.

Perhaps the worst thing we could do is "McChrystal lite," to formally endorse Gen. McChrystal's strategy, but then to deny him the resources needed to make it work.

A story in the New York Times Tuesday suggests this is the direction in which Mr. Obama is leaning.

"Meeting with leaders of both parties at the White House, Mr. Obama seemed to be searching for some sort of middle ground, saying he wanted to 'dispense with the straw man argument that this is about either doubling down or leaving Afghanistan,'" wrote reporters Peter Baker and Jeff Zeleny.

"This is typical Obama pabulum," said Jennifer Rubin of Commentary magazine. "Both sides are extreme and he, the voice of moderation, will step in to split the difference. But this doesn't work in a war when the middle ground, as we learned in both Afghanistan and Iraq, is not a viable option."

"This sort of willful obtuseness is deeply troubling because there simply isn't any viable military/strategic rationale for what the president is straining to do," Ms. Rubin said. "It's a political approach plain and simple. He wants money for health care, and he doesn't want a revolt on the Left."

If President Obama opts for a strategy Gen. McChrystal thinks will lead to defeat, he has a difficult decision to make. As a serving officer, he must obey any lawful orders the president issues, even if they are stupid and dangerous. And as a serving officer, he shouldn't publicly criticize decisions the commander in chief makes.

But, as the Wall Street Journal said in an editorial, "no commander in uniform should ask his soldiers to die for a strategy he doesn't think is winnable -- or for a president who lets his advisers and party blame a general for their own lack of political nerve."

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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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