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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

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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Oct. 1, 2007 / 19 Tishrei 5768


By Paul Greenberg

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The best response yet in this much too early presidential campaign came from John McCain in New Hampshire. Some kid at Concord (N.H.) High who thought he was smart asked the senator from Arizona if he didn't think he was too old to be president — and if he was worried he might come down with Alzheimer's in office.

To which Senator McCain replied that his son believes he's old enough to hide his own Easter eggs. Then he added: "Thanks for the question, you little jerk."

The other students ate it up. And my respect for the senator, never small, continued to grow.

Ah, the willing suspension of disbelief. It's seldom you hear that phrase outside an English lit course in the Romantic poets. It's got something to do with Coleridge, Wordsworth and the basis of poetic faith.

But the other day Hillary Clinton used the literary phrase in connection with the congressional testimony of four-star General David Petraeus, who wrote the book on counter-insurgency warfare, and seasoned diplomat Ryan Crocker, the American ambassador to Baghdad. Both are doing outstanding if thankless jobs for their country. That figures. No public service ever goes unpunished.

In this instance, Senator Clinton saluted their service by telling them:

"The reports that you provide to us really require the willing suspension of disbelief."


It was enough to make one grateful that Ms. Clinton is in the U.S. Senate representing New York — and not Arkansas. People might get the wrong idea about us.

Both gentlemen responded politely enough, but neglected to thank the senator for her comment, the jerk.

Whenever I grow soft on the new Hillary Clinton — the temperate, moderate, responsible senator who does her homework, ably represents her constituents and respects those who may disagree with her — it occurs to me that maybe I'm just engaging in the willing suspension of disbelief.

Once upon a time I used to fall for every new Nixon, too.

Who does Hillary Clinton think she is, dismissing the cautious, balanced reports of the country's most knowledgeable generals and diplomats as unworthy of belief — Donald Rumsfeld?

As for Mr. Rumsfeld, the more one hears from him, the less one wants to hear from him.

The other day, the now happily former secretary of defense said he slept just fine, thank you — despite all the terrible miscalculations that have marked this country's course in Iraq.

The West may have won the war there in short order, but the occupation of that country has been a series of disasters that only now may be corrected, Congress and American public opinion permitting. To have presided over those bloody follies is one awful thing, but not to have any second thoughts about it is worse — as if from all this the happily former secretary of defense had learned nothing, certainly not humility.

When one thinks of all the American leaders who have walked the floors at night agonizing over their wartime decisions. … But what, Don Rumsfeld worry? Some folks can sleep through anything.

More and more, Donald H. Rumsfeld brings to mind Robert Strange McNamara, the unrepentant architect of American defeat in Vietnam and its inevitable aftermath — the "re-education" camps in which hundreds of thousands suffered and died, the anguish of the Boat People, the killing fields of Cambodia….

Even worse awaits in Iraq and beyond if America falters there, abandoning allies and confirming Osama bin Laden's confident assertion that this country cannot last in a protracted struggle.

Bloody history is set to repeat itself in the wake of an American defeat in Iraq. What ever happened to Never Again? Or is that slogan reserved for Darfur?

Courtesy of an advice column, here's (a) some sage counsel about how to behave during a job interview, and (b) another sign of the devious times:

"Always be honest; don't lie — especially about something that will come back to haunt you when they check your references. Focus on personal and professional goals such as wanting more growth, professional opportunities, etc. Never let your answer be 'more money.' No matter how true it is, it sounds shallow."

In short, don't lie — especially if you'll be caught at it — but do shave the truth.

Talk about sounding shallow.

What mystifies about this piece of advice is why wanting more money should be something to hide. It's part of the American Dream, isn't it? As mama used to say, there's no shame in being poor, but it's nothing to be proud of, either.

Yet nothing seems to inspire euphemisms like simply wanting to make more money. ("He always wanted to better himself.")

Americans in particular seem ashamed of any interest in moolah, dough, mazuma, scratch. … Maybe it's the result of our twin Puritan and Cavalier inheritances, which always seem at war with each other. The earnest pilgrim is supposed have higher things on his mind, like his spiritual state; his prosperity is but an incidental sign of grace. And the well-bred lady or gentleman isn't supposed to work at all, just inherit. How convenient.

For whatever reasons, talking money is taboo. Some of us may not mind telling some anonymous pollster our political party, medical problems, sexual proclivities, drinking habits or almost anything else — but when it comes to our annual income, we draw the line. ("Hey, that's private!") There's just something forbidden about discussing, yes, filthy lucre. It may be the last taboo.

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