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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 Nov. 21, 2006 / 30 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

Why Democratic control of Congress could be a step toward victory in Iraq

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) has declared the war in Iraq unwinnable.


Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich), incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said troop withdrawals should begin in four to six months.


So why do I think Democratic control of Congress could be a step toward victory in Iraq?


The New York Times provides a clue. Before the election, the Times trumpeted criticisms of the Bush administration's conduct of the war by retired generals such as Anthony Zinni, a former commander of CENTCOM, and John Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq. Democrats hailed them as strategic geniuses.


Now that the election is over, we're getting what Paul Harvey would call the rest of the story. In an article Nov. 15, Michael Gordon, the Times' military writer, reported that Gen. Zinni and MajGen. Batiste think failure in Iraq would lead to disaster in the region; that more troops are required there, not fewer.


With power comes greater scrutiny. When Democrats were, in essence, powerless, little attention was paid to the potential consequences of their views on Iraq.


That's changing. News coverage of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing November 15 focused on the sharp exchanges between Gen. John Abizaid, the CENTCOM commander, and Democrats who want to withdraw troops.


My cautious optimism is based on my assumption that perceived self interest among Democrats will overcome ideological fidelity to their moonbat base.


A large number, but a distinct minority of Americans either are indifferent to the consequences of defeat in Iraq, or would welcome it as a deserved humiliation for our "hubris" and "militarism." Many of Ms. Pelosi's constituents in San Francisco, and likely the Speaker-elect herself, are in this group.


A narrow majority of Americans now believes it was a mistake to have gone to war with Iraq in the first place, and a large majority is critical of the way the Bush administration has conducted the war. Many of these people voted Democratic this month. But they are not ashamed of their country, and they are concerned about the consequences of defeat.


When they were out of power, Democrats didn't have to distinguish between their moonbat base and the larger groups who questioned the wisdom and the conduct of the war, but not the goodness of America or the evil of our enemies. Any failure in Iraq could be described as a failure of the Bush administration.


With the exception of Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Ct) and a handful of others, Democrats have shown a distressing willingness to jeopardize national security in pursuit of political power.


The calculus has changed. Now that Democrats have a share in power, their hold on it could be endangered by failure in Iraq -- especially if Democrats are perceived as being responsible for that failure.


In a post-election poll taken by Newsweek magazine, 69 percent of respondents said they were concerned Democrats would keep President Bush "from doing what is necessary to combat terrorism," and 78 percent said they feared Democrats would seek too hasty a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.


It's important to remember how tenuous the Democratic hold on power is. John McIntyre of RealClear Politics notes that 17 of the 29 Democrats who took seats from the GOP ran in districts that President Bush had won by more than 5 percentage points in 2004. If 15 of those seats come "home" in 2008, Speaker Pelosi will be no more.


The 51-49 division in the upper house makes Joe Lieberman arguably the most powerful senator. Spurned by most Democrats in favor of nutroots candidate Ned Lamont, Sen. Lieberman has not ruled out becoming a Republican if his party moves too far to the left. Jim Webb, the senator-elect from Virginia, became a Democrat (again) because of his opposition to the war in Iraq. But the much decorated Marine hero is no apostle for American defeat. Mr. Webb has changed parties more often than some people change their underwear. There's no guarantee he won't do it again.


The near 2 to 1 rejection of Ms. Pelosi's candidate for majority leader, Rep. Jack Murtha of Johnstown, chief tenor in the Cut & Run chorus, suggests her troops in the Democratic caucus are unwilling to follow her over a political cliff.


We can succeed in Iraq and in the broader war on terror only if this is perceived at home and abroad as America's war, not as Bush's war.


America's enemies hailed the election of a Democratic congress as a great victory.


The self interest of the newly elected Democrats, if not their patriotism, may keep this from being so.

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