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December 2, 2014

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 28, 2011 / 22 Adar II, 5771

The Pundits Are Driving Me Crazy --- And You Thought Qadaffi Is Nuts

By Bernard Goldberg



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." So said presidential candidate Barack Obama in an interview with the Boston Globe in 2007.

That was then.

But as vile and erratic as Moammar Qadaffi is, he poses no "actual or imminent threat to the nation" — not this nation, anyway. So, according to candidate Obama, President Obama had no right to "authorize a military attack" on Libyan anti—aircraft stations. A mere technicality, because President Obama won authorization — and justification — from other authorities.

Here is Chuck Todd, NBC News White House correspondent on the matter:

"He's [President Obama is] always going to want these multilateral coalitions; and not just a group of countries, but getting it legally, basically getting the legal justification from institutions like the United Nations and the Arab League, both of which we saw today."

I feel much better knowing that the U.N. and the Arab League have given the United States the green light to fire over 100 Tomahawk cruise missiles into Libya (though I wonder why the nations that comprise the Arab League — nations must closer to the problem than we are here in the United States — didn't muster their own military forces to impose a no—fly zone over Libya).

Yes, politicians have been known to say one thing when they're running for president and another when they actually become president. And if this is hypocrisy on the president's part, he is hardly alone.

For a change, liberals are not marching in lock step in support of the president. Some on the Left, like Ralph Nader, Michael Moore and Dennis Kucinich are against Mr. Obama's decision to launch an attack on Qadaffi. Nader wants Obama impeached and Kucinich, quite reasonably, says the president had a constitutional obligation to consult Congress before taking military action.

But for a lot of liberals, this is the kind of military action they can support: the kind that is blessed not only by the U.N. but by France as well.

Jonathan Alter of Newsweek spoke for a lot of liberals who support the president when he said this on MSNBC: "He’s a reluctant warrior. So it’s not as if he’s converted to being a cowboy. So I think people recognize the difference between him and former President Bush."

And there's another reason this is the kind of war, if that's what it is, that liberals can get behind: it's war that is waged for humanitarian reasons. At the outset of the uprising, Qadaffi said he would "cleanse Libya house by house" or "die here as a martyr" trying.

When you hear a madman say he is prepared to "cleanse" his enemies out of existence, you have every reason to believe he means it. And so, it is certainly reasonable to justify military action on humanitarian grounds. But this raises a question: Where were the humanitarian concerns for the Iraqi people who were at the mercy of their own madman, a madman with a history of gassing and torturing his own people?

I don't recall a lot of liberal tears over the Kurds or the Iraqi Arabs whom Saddam murdered for speaking out against his regime. What saddens me most is that a lot of liberals hated George W. Bush more than they loved their own liberal principles regarding humanity. So they condemned President Bush for being a cowboy — even though he ousted a monstrous dictator — but now praise Barack Obama for his noble concern for the oppressed people of Libya.

Really?

And remember when liberals said, if Bush goes into Iraq, then how can he justify not going into North Korea, which is also run by a tyrant. But when asked how President Obama can justify not going into Yemen, where 52 protesters were shot in the street in a single day, Jonathan Alter said, he's a "pragmatist" who doesn't need to follow "a consistent line."

I think I'm getting sick.

But, sorry my conservative friends, you and I both know that the Left doesn't have a monopoly on hypocrisy. A lot of conservatives — especially the loud voices on radio and TV — wonder what the end—game is in Libya? Good question. But it was also a good question when President Bush took us to war in Iraq. But since W. was one of them, conservatives –again, mainly the ones on cable and talk radio — cheered him on. Whatever liberals were against, they had to be for.

There's more.

In one breath, these same conservative commentators condemn the president for waiting two long weeks before taking military action against Colonel Qadaffi — and in the very next breath condemn him for taking military action when we don't know who would take over if Qadaffi goes. And they speak out of both sides of their mouth without the slightest hint of embarasment.

And then there is the issue of those troublesome NCAA basketball brackets. When the president filled out his brackets on ESPN instead of concentrating all his attention on Libya, well that was one more piece of evidence for the pundits on the Right that Mr. Obama is incompetent and not worthy of his office. But you just know that if George Bush filled out his brackets during the lead up to the war in Iraq, these same conservatives would have said, "What's the big deal? Can't he be president and take a few minutes out for fun?

And why would they say that? Because liberals, who saw no problem with Mr. Obama's basketball moment, would have been all over that "frat boy" George Bush, if he had done the very same thing,

Somebody, please: Make it stop!

The problem is that there is a lot of rigid ideology masquerading as honest commentary these days. Everyone is a warrior trying to destroy the other side. These are the times I wish I were a conscietious objector in the culture (and political) wars.

As for Libya, let's hope it turns out okay, that only Qadaffi and his most ardent supporters suffer. But one thing is for sure: Many of President Obama's most ardent supporters will cover for him no matter what. If things go badly, they probably will figure out a way to blame George Bush for the mess. And Mr. Obama's detractors? They won't give him credit, even if Qadaffi is carried out in a box and a new Libyan leader takes over singing the Stars Spangled Banner while wrapped in the American flag.

Did I mention that I'm sick of the whole thing.


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JWR contributor Bernard Goldberg, the television news reporter and author of several bestselling books, among them, Bias, a New York Times number one bestseller about how the media distort the news. He is widely seen as one of the most original writers and thinkers in broadcast journalism. Mr. Goldberg covered stories all over the world for CBS News and has won 10 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism. He now reports for the widely acclaimed HBO broadcast Real Sports.

He is a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a member of the school's Hall of Distinguished Alumni and proprietor of BernardGoldberg.com.


Previously:

03/14/11: No Liberal Bias at NPR — Just Ask NPR 03/10/11: The media's frustration 03/01/11: Progressives Lost in Time . . .
02/23/11: The Lamestreams Strike Again --- This Time in Madison
02/03/11: You MUST Own a Gun --- Or Else!
01/20/11: It Was Horrible, I tell you … HORRIBLE!
01/11/11: Here We Go Again . . .
01/06/11: You Go, Oprah
12/28/10: A Year-Ender --- The MSM and Obama's Fall from Grace 12/14/10: Thank
Heaven for Rich People

12/02/10: The Phony Nobility of Wikileaks

© 2011, Bernard Goldberg

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