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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. 30, 2008 / 30 Elul 5768

Let Palin be Palin

By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | At critical moments before and during Ronald Reagan's presidency, his admirers would urge that he be allowed to be himself - rather than the far-less-authentic and less-appealing facsimile served up by his handlers. "Let Reagan be Reagan," they would urge, confident that the man himself would fare well if left to his own talents and judgment. Time and time again, that proved to be the case as his common-man qualities, native intelligence and utter decency allowed him to connect with and secure the support of the American people.


This lesson is worth recalling now, on the eve of a possibly make-or-break vice presidential debate between Republican Sarah Palin and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph Biden. The outcome - and the fate of the GOP ticket - may turn on whether her handlers "Let Palin be Palin."


To be sure, there are powerful factors arguing for doing otherwise. While the Governor of Alaska has more executive experience than Barack Obama and Joe Biden combined, she is a relative newcomer to many national and certainly international issues. While her state's geography, energy resources and role in the national defense give her a grounding - by osmosis, if nothing else - in some of the most important foreign and security policy issues of the day, she has not been dabbling in and debating them for over three decades, as has the senior Senator from Delaware.


Understandably then, Sen. McCain's campaign has sought to give his running mate a crash course in the sorts of issues likely to feature in the Palin-Biden debate on Thursday night. They have largely kept her away from the press, with the notable exception of interviews with ABC's Charlie Gibson and CBS's Katie Couric which demonstrated the perils of trying to give her an overnight public policy make-over, one that threatens to serve her, her party and the country poorly.


Of particular concern is the prospect that her head is being filled with the nostrums of one inveterate handler, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The risks of channeling the man Ronald Reagan ran against in 1976 as much as he did Gerald Ford was on display during Friday night's presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama.


As McCain was properly taking his rival to task for the latter's stated willingness to meet without preconditions with the leader of Iran, Obama retorted that one of the Republican candidate's own senior advisors, Dr. Kissinger, had recommended such engagement. The debate corkscrewed into a "no he didn't," "yes he did" stand-off whose upshot was that Kissinger apparently doesn't think the next U.S. president should meet with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but does believe that his administration should hold meetings with other representatives of that genocidal maniac's regime.


That's pretty much what Messrs. Obama and Biden are saying now. Heaven help the nation - and the Republican ticket - if the choice between McCain and Obama turns out to be which of the minions of our time's Hitler we seek to appease, Himmler or Goebbels?


Unfortunately, Iran policy is not the only place where the common sense and moral clarity that Sarah Palin seems fully capable of bringing to bear - the sort of clarity that was the very essence of Ronald Reagan's personal approach to security policy - would be imperiled by her eminent mentor. On two other issues, Dr. Kissinger has staked out positions in recent years that are not only indefensible. They are much more similar to the stances embraced by the Democratic ticket than those of Gov. Palin's running mate.


Take for example, Russia. Kissinger - whose consulting firm has long had commercially lucrative relationships in Moscow - has for years urged accommodation with Putin and his kleptocracy, even as it systematically stifled democracy at home and increasingly threatened it abroad. (In an earlier era, Kissinger justified appeasing the Kremlin with détente because he was convinced the Soviets were going to win the Cold War.) The Bush administration, to its shame and now regret, followed the advice proffered in innumerable séances with the former Secretary of State. It would be disastrous for Gov. Palin to endorse it, especially since her running mate has taken so much more robust a stance towards the Kremlin, both before and after its invasion of Georgia.


Then there is Dr. Kissinger's endorsement of the idea of U.S. denuclearization. He has lent his name and prestige to an initiative that would, as a practical matter, make the world a much more dangerous place since our enemies will surely not follow our example if we get rid of our nuclear arsenal. Here again, as with Iran and Russia, the Kissinger position is closer to Barack Obama's than to John McCain's. It is certainly not consistent with the national interest.


From here on out, and most especially Thursday night, Gov. Palin should be herself. She doesn't have to know everything and shouldn't pretend she does. What she needs to communicate is that - like Ronald Reagan and, for that matter, like Harry Truman - she will bring to the job her native American common sense instead of some establishment pedigree and lousy judgment.


Governor Palin, use your platform on Thursday to embrace American exceptionalism, defend our sovereignty and promise to build our national power and to employ it wisely in defense of both. The public - if not the policy establishment and the media elite - will embrace you, as they did the Gipper. Just let Palin be Palin.


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