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 April 24, 2014 / 24 Nissan, 5774

Searching for an angle on a dithering Obama

By Martin Schram

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Geometrically speaking, it just can't happen, architects sniff. Yet people who work for presidents or cover them for a living know that it does.

Presidents sometimes, somehow manage to paint themselves into a corner in their Oval Office. And President Obama may even hold the unenviable indoor record for Oval Office corner-painting.

Today we will look at a few of the lowlights of how and why this reputation has befallen a president for whom so many of us had highest hopes on the day he first entered that Oval Office.

But his first corner-painting lowlight actually began before that, early in his campaign for the presidency. On Aug. 2, 2007, then-Sen. Obama declared: "As president, I will close Guantanamo "

But he apparently hadn't thought through just how he would make the closure of Guantanamo happen, or where he would transfer the Guantanamo prisoners who were considered the most dangerous. Or, would Congress follow his lead?

In his 2014 State of the Union Address, at the beginning of the second year of his second term as president, Obama was still promising to close Guantanamo.

Fast-forwarding through the years, we will whiz past the successes: An economy that is much improved, and (have you heard?) a reformed health-care system that guarantees you can't lose or be denied health insurance due to a pre-existing medical problem.

Internationally, the president surprised even his own advisers when, during an August 2012 press conference, he drew his now-infamous "red line" in Syria. He had intended to issue a stern warning to Syria's murderous President Bashar al-Assad, but went much further than planned. He blurted that for Syria's murderous regime to use large quantities of chemical weapons, or even just move them, would cross a "red line" and "change my calculus."

With that single brushstroke, Obama suddenly painted himself into a corner from which he would never really emerge, in the minds of many world policymakers. Just what the American president's words and threats mean? Indeed, Obama took no military response when Syrian chemical weapons were used. What message did that send?

When crisis erupted in Ukraine, and that once-Soviet sphere nation turned away from Moscow to align itself to Europe's economy, Russian President Vladimir Putin brazenly sent troops into Crimea wearing uniforms without insignias and Crimean citizens voting to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Now Putin has amassed troops along Ukraine's eastern border — a prelude to an invasion?

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry issued tough-worded warnings that harsh responses would follow any further aggression. Isolating new sanctions? With Russia providing a third of Europe's natural gas and Russian oligarchs so heavily invested in Europe, the European Union's leaders have been shamefully reluctant to respond to Putin with tough sanctions.

The red lines drawn yet again by Obama and Kerry seem only to provide diplomatic decoration. "The Ukraine dither," sniffed a Washington Post editorial headline, and the subhead added: "The Obama administration disregards its own 'red line.'" Of course, had Obama not drawn the first red line in Syria, the phrase wouldn't be used elsewhere today. Now it is being used everywhere.

By the way, have you noticed that the word "dither" now has become stapled to the word Obama? It's not just a newspeak cliche. It is becoming a shorthand for an Obama presidency reality. And this too is largely the result another way in which Obama has painted himself into a corner — not through a careless act but through deliberate inaction.

The poster project for this result is the Keystone pipeline. It seems to have been with us as long as the Obama presidency itself. The project would build a pipeline to bring oil-like tar sands bitumen from Canada to Texas. It may well not create as many jobs as its advocates promise, but probably won't cause as much environmental damage as critics assert. If there is no pipeline, trains and barges will move the tar-sand bitumen — carrying their own potential environmental damage.

But rather than offend either side by approving or rejecting TransCanada firm's plan to build the pipeline, Obama's over-study was another form of painting himself into a corner. His studied inaction seems to have conjoined for a political eternity "Obama" and "dither."

Approve Keystone. Or don't. But move on.

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