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 May 30, 2014 / 1 Sivan, 5774

The Obama Doctrine

By Linda Chavez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In President Barack Obama's egocentric world, everything — civil war in Syria, Russian power grabs in Ukraine, Chinese claims to Vietnamese and Japanese territory in the South China Sea, and peace in the Middle East — revolves around him. Has there ever been a more self-absorbed commander in chief in our nation's history? Not that one could imagine listening to the president talk this week about his role — and, by extension, the role of the United States of America — in the world.

The president took the occasion of the commencement address to West Point on Wednesday to define the Obama Doctrine, which occupies pretty much any position the president deems fit on any given foreign policy or defense issue at any given time, including reversing a position when he feels like it.

We've come to expect U.S. presidents to adopt eponymous doctrines in foreign affairs. President Monroe warned Europe that the United States would not tolerate European meddling in our hemisphere in the 19th century. After World War II, President Truman warned the Soviets that the United States would not allow the spread of communism into Greece and Turkey, and promised economic, political and military aid to those under threat of Soviet aggression.

The Truman Doctrine was the beginning of the global fight on the part of the United States and its allies against the spread of communism. The Reagan Doctrine extended the Truman Doctrine to provide U.S. assistance to anti-communist guerilla movements primarily in Africa and Latin America during the 1980s.

Faced with a new kind of threat from Islamist terrorism, President George W. Bush established a new policy that staked out the United States' right to protect itself from attack with preventive war. The Bush Doctrine, most often associated with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, made clear that "the first duty of the United States government remains what it always has been: to protect the American people and American interests. It is an enduring American principle that this duty obligates the government to anticipate and counter threats, using all elements of national power, before the threats can do grave damage."

So what is the Obama Doctrine? Well ... it depends. "American isolationism is not an option," the president proclaims. But then again, "to say that we have an interest in pursuing peace and freedom beyond our borders is not to say that every problem has a military solution," according to the president. Or as he put it more graphically, "Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail."

But when it comes to stating guiding principles and what issues are at stake, Obama is more adept at setting up straw men than articulating clear policy. The president says he believes that terrorism is still the major threat America faces, but then adds, "A strategy that involves invading every country that harbors terrorist networks is naive and unsustainable." Has anyone ever suggested such a strategy?

But perhaps the president's most disingenuous invocation of the Obama Doctrine in his West Point speech involved Syria. The civil war there so far has cost more than 150,000 lives, has forced more than 2.5 million Syrians to flee, and has served as a major recruiting and training ground for Islamist jihadists on both sides of the conflict, with Iranian support for the Bashar al-Assad regime and al-Qaida fighters joining the ranks of those opposing the regime. Despite the administration's claims to have forced the regime to destroy its chemical weapons, new reports suggest that Assad forces used chlorine bombs against civilians in rebel-held territory in April.

So what is the president's response regarding his feckless action on Syria to date? "As president, I made a decision that we should not put American troops into the middle of this increasingly sectarian war, and I believe that is the right decision." Who exactly ever proposed sending U.S. troops to fight in Syria? No one.

"American influence is always stronger when we lead by example," the president told West Point graduates. He's right about that — but his example has been a poor model on which to base foreign policy. He intervenes when he feels like it, with little or no consultation: In Libya, he used military assets; in Egypt, his words encouraged the ouster of a troublesome partner. Yet he does little or nothing to help freedom fighters in Iran or Syria, despite drawing red lines in the sand with the latter and cozying up to wolves in sheep's clothing with the former.

Forget about doctrines. Obama might as well employ a Ouija board to dictate his policy.

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JWR contributor Linda Chavez is President of the Center for Equal Opportunity. Her latest book is "Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)


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