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 Nov. 12, 2009 / 25 Mar-Cheshvan 5770

Fort Hood: Obama's Wake-Up Call?

By Larry Elder

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "He sounds like President Bush," I said to myself.

President Barack Obama somberly spoke at the memorial service for the 13 killed during the Fort Hood shooting rampage. The President movingly praised the valor and selflessness of those who gave their lives, as well as that of those who enlist to help protect the country.

Many enlistees, the President pointed out, joined after 9/11, willing to fight an unconventional war against an unconventional enemy who kills and then hides among civilians. These enlistees joined knowing that this is an enemy from whom we have no expectation of a signed surrender. They joined knowing that much of the "international community" blames America for the "Arab and Muslim world's" anger, and many fellow Americans share that sentiment.

The President looked grim. He told the life stories of those slaughtered at Fort Hood, apparently by a Muslim jihadist who, inexplicably, remained in the military after publicly opposing Muslims fighting Muslims and actually contacting a Muslim cleric living in Yemen, who reportedly recruits for al-Qaida.

The President continues to ponder top Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for 40,000 more troops. If granted, this would mean Obama places national security ahead of party politics, since most Democrats oppose this war. Also — at least at first — the anti-Afghanistan-war Obama-lovers would bite their tongues or miraculously rediscover Afghanistan as the "good war."

President Bush "surged" in Iraq over the objections of members of his own administration, to say nothing of Democrats — including Obama, who not only opposed the surge but also predicted its failure. Yet nothing in Obama's political career suggests a courage to defy the wishes of Democrats on any issue of significance.


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As a senatorial candidate, Obama opposed the then-popular Iraq war. He later said, however, that had he been in the Senate at the time, he wasn't sure how he would have voted — and that he understood the basis on which his fellow Democratic senators cast their pro-war votes. Most of his Democratic presidential opponents — including Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, John Edwards, etc. — supported the war. Would a Sen. Barack Obama have voted "no"?

Obama neither mentioned the suspect's religion nor described his actions as "terrorism." But does the President, who campaigned promising to sit with our enemies without "preconditions," finally grasp the determination, intensity and lethality of our enemy — Islamofascists?

Yes, the evidence suggests that the suspect acted alone. It is, however, increasingly clear that this devout Muslim considered it a moral duty to wage jihad by gunning down soldiers in the name of Allah. The President talked of the suspect's "twisted logic." Does Obama not see that this very "twisted logic" drives our death-worshipping enemy to fly planes into buildings and kill 3,000 civilians on American soil?

Obama campaigned pushing the mantra that Bush took his eye off the ball by entering into Iraq, a "war of choice." Does President Obama now get it — that the Iraq war made complete sense and that we are safer because of it? Will the President now get serious about Iran?

When a candidate becomes a president, he receives daily national security briefings. Obama sees the threats against America and American interests — via chemical, biological and nuclear weapons — at the hands of Islamofascists. Their motivation is nothing short of worldwide domination and the replacement of secular governments by Islamic "republics."

Keeping the country safe remains the principal responsibility of any president. This new President now sits in the Oval Office formerly occupied by President George W. Bush — a man maligned, attacked and ridiculed for first failing to prevent 9/11 and then engaging in "undue militarism" to prevent another one. Does Obama now wonder how Bush kept it together while critics chanted, "Bush lied; people died"? Does he not wonder if or when his own party or the country will turn against him should he, in good faith, take an unpopular action to protect the country by "surging" in Afghanistan?

During the memorial service, the cameras panned slowly across the row of the fallen ones' Army boots with protruding rifles and helmets atop. Suddenly, "reforming health care" — Obama's campaign agenda centerpiece — seemed silly and insignificant. Obama asked the nation to honor, remember and reflect on the sacrifices of those just killed and of those willing to face death to keep the country safe. I found myself saying, "He sounds like President Bush."

The President grimaced. He clenched his jaw. Obama ended the eulogy: "Long after they are laid to rest . . . it will be said . . . that they paid the price and bore the burden to secure this nation, and stood up for the values that live in the hearts of all free peoples. . . . May G0d bless the memory of those that we have lost. And may G0d bless the United States of America."

ABC's Charlie Gibson then said, "President Bush just concluded his remarks." Apparently, I wasn't alone.

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