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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 Sept. 1, 2006 / 8 Elul, 5766

Kissinger's counsel: Direct approach of America's global gamin could serve us well in today's diplomacy

By Robert Robb

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | While he was in town for a Jon Kyl fund- raiser, I was able to have a discussion with Henry Kissinger about the role of the United States in the world.


Kissinger doesn't have a comfortable place in the domestic political realm. The left dislikes him because of his association with Nixon and Vietnam. The right distrusted his overtures to the Soviet Union and China.


In fact, it is an element of the creed in some conservative circles that the Soviet Union fell in part because Ronald Reagan's optimistic confrontationalism replaced Kissinger's pessimistic accommodationism.


The proximate cause of the Soviet Union's demise, however, was Mikhail Gorbachev's inability to control domestic reforms he felt were necessary to keep up with the developed West, particularly the United States. And the seeds of that awareness can be traced to the broadening engagement of Kissinger's diplomacy.


In any event, as national security adviser and secretary of State, Kissinger certainly engaged in a highly active and direct diplomacy in the 1970s, attempting to defuse hot spots and manage relationships with troublesome states. This led to d?tente with the Soviet Union, the opening to China, and shuttle diplomacy to manage the end of the 1973 Middle East war and shape its aftermath. Kissinger even negotiated directly with the North Vietnamese while we were involved in a shooting war with them.


The Bush administration, of course, takes a more standoffish attitude toward troublesome states. It declines to negotiate directly with Iran over the variety of critical issues - its nuclear ambitions, support for Shia terrorism and Iraqi militias - that divide us. The administration has Syria in the deep freeze and refuses to deal with the elected Hamas government in the Palestinian Authority. It also won't negotiate with North Korea except within the context of multiparty talks.


Kissinger is still too much a diplomat, and perhaps a politician, to directly criticize the Bush administration and, in particular, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whom he says he holds in high regard.


Nevertheless, he manages to convey that he believes that his approach of active, direct diplomacy is better.


Such an approach, according to Kissinger, helps to rally your own people, enables you to better define the issues, and if you need to "get tough," makes it easier to explain why.


This doesn't involve just jumping on a plane and flying to Tehran to talk things out. Kissinger doesn't believe that negotiations necessarily create their own momentum. However, he certainly believes that direct engagement has more benefits than risks.


In his memoir, Years of Upheaval, Kissinger describes his negotiations with Syria's Hafez al-Asad, the father of the current Syrian leader, in the aftermath of the 1973 war.


Kissinger would meet privately with Asad and engage in protracted negotiations. Asad would then bring in his senior advisers, and the discussion would be largely replayed.


Kissinger came to understand that Asad needed him to play a role to create domestic buy-in, so it did not appear that Asad was simply caving to U.S. pressure or positions. That's the sort of thing you just don't learn if you keep your distance.


In his 1994 book, Diplomacy, Kissinger postulated a U.S. role in a post-Cold War world. The world would still need ballast, which only the United States could provide. So, Kissinger envisioned developing a structure of alliances, some based on shared values, some on shared security concerns, some on economic ties.


This was premised on "the absence of both an overriding ideological or strategic threat." Islamic terrorism has, of course, become that threat.


Kissinger, however, seems to believe the threat can be managed through such an alliance, involving the United States, Europe, and moderate Arab states to contain and control "state-like organizations that use terrorism," such as Hezbollah.


Exactly what such an alliance would do, or how it would circumnavigate the Sunni-Shia divide, isn't clear. However, Kissinger clearly believes that there is some tension between the Bush administration's freedom-and-democracy agenda and what needs to be done practically in the region to manage the terrorist threat.


Kissinger has always understood that there was also at least a potential tension between the American temperament and the global role he thinks the United States should play. However, even today, he underestimates, in my view, how much of a constraint that practically imposes.


Kissinger continues to believe that it was elites that undermined domestic political support for the Vietnam War, and there is considerable justification for that view. However, in American politics, intensity counts. And in the end, the intensity of war opponents greatly exceeded that of war supporters.


A similar phenomenon is occurring today with the Iraq war. The American political system simply won't support a protracted military engagement in which a direct, vital and immediate security threat is not broadly perceived.


At 83, Kissinger remains a commanding interlocutor, to use one of his favorite words.


The United States should be cautious about taking on troubles, but Kissinger's views about the practical benefits of direct diplomacy with troublesome states is wise counsel.

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