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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 June 19, 2006 / 23 Sivan, 5766

Hillary will never retreat

By Dick Morris


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Hillary Clinton's stubborn tenacity in backing the War in Iraq is actually a lot like her performance in 1993-4 — when she stuck by her health-care reform initiative despite endless political headaches.

Yes, "HillaryCare" was the ultimate in liberal positioning, where her stand on the war puts her on the center-right of the Democratic Party. But the stylistic similarities are striking. The same approach marks both positions — and, I'd believe, offers a profile of what a disaster she would be as president.

Consider the parallels. In each case, Hillary was/is deeply convinced of her position's correctness. Like President Lyndon Johnson facing a mounting storm of popular criticism over Vietnam (and Abraham Lincoln confronting the same during the Civil War), she is convinced that her position on the War in Iraq is not only right, but the only responsible and reasonable position one can take.

She knows that the war is unpopular and is hurting her in the Democratic Party - but persists in supporting it because she's deeply convinced that it is the right thing to do. She may once have backed the War on Terror in order to pose as a hawk to cement her qualifications for the job of commander-in-chief, but she has stuck to her position long after it has become a political liability. In 1993, Hillary's health-care proposals were widely popular and she got high ratings for her preparedness and depth of knowledge in the field. By mid '94, however, her legislation had come to be seen as taking choice away from patients and setting up government-managed health care — yet she still firmly believed in her proposals and would neither abandon them nor compromise. In a stubbornness as self-destructive and short-sighted as President Woodrow Wilson's refusal to modify his League of Nations charter (which led the Senate to reject U.S. membership), she went down with the ship.

Now as then, Hillary refuses to seek a way out even as her position costs her politically. She can't imagine setting a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq anymore than she could see herself giving way on health care. Now as then, she is deeply sure that she has better information than her critics and that she sees things more clearly and objectively than they do.

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In the case of health care, she fell under the spell of Ira Magaziner, the utopian guru who designed her Rube Goldberg health-care scheme, one so complex that it took more than 1,000 pages to spell it out. On the war, she seems to have fallen under the influence of the other members of the Armed Services Committee, on which she sits, and on the be-ribboned uniforms that attend their gatherings. I happen to agree with her on Iraq (we should not set a timetable for withdrawal; it would just encourage our enemies to wait us out), where I disagreed (and still do) with her health-care proposals.

But I'm struck by how the streaks of stubborn refusal to listen to the views of others, and doctrinaire belief in her own rectitude, that animated her conduct during the health-care debate seem present also in the current discussion.

It is vital that a president not get "stuck" in a fixed position in which he has no room to maneuver. Johnson in Vietnam, Jimmy Carter in the hostage crisis, the first George Bush on the recession are all examples of a president surrendering his capacity for adjustment and changes in positioning. In each of these instances, the chief executive saw no alternative but to hue to the hardline he had carved out initially and suffered for it.

Hillary Clinton would be just such a president — she'd wind up getting stuck advocating something that turns out to be unpopular, but would be too sure of her virtue to change her mind. Like on health care. Like on Iraq.

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