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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 Oct. 25, 2012/ 9 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

What is our foreign policy?

By Cal Thomas




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | After watching the third presidential debate, are you clear on America's foreign policy? I thought not. That's because there appears to be no singular foreign policy, rather a series of foreign policies, which must be tailored to fit each nation.

I expected Mitt Romney to go after President Obama on his most recent foreign policy failure, the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including the U.S. ambassador. The president had no explanation as to why there was inadequate security in Benghazi, preferring instead to say only that we are "going after the killers." Romney refused to press him on it. Some may have viewed this as a missed opportunity, but I think it was designed to show Romney's restraint and to counter the "do you want to get us into another Middle East war?" charge.

One of Romney's better lines was, "we can't kill our way out of this mess," meaning terrorism and the Middle East, but he failed to go for the political "kill;" instead he agreed with the president several times. Possibly for the same reasons I mentioned?

When moderator Bob Schieffer asked the ultimate question, "What is America's role in the world?" neither candidate's answer was revealing beyond their campaign speech bromides.

What was surprising was the reaction to the debate by some in the "liberal media," which has been in the tank for Mr. Obama since he began running for president. Some of them seemed to retreat from the worshipful attitude they have displayed toward the president since beginning four years ago to assist his self-promotion as a messianic deliverer from our national sins.



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Former White House aide David Gergen said on CNN, "I think Mitt Romney did something that was extremely important to his campaign tonight and that was he passed the commander-in-chief test." Indeed, that was all he had to do, much like Ronald Reagan in his 1980 debates with Jimmy Carter. If voters want to "fire" a president, they want to be assured his replacement is up to the job. Chuck Todd of NBC News said on MSNBC, "...the president's got bigger problems than trying to disqualify Mitt Romney now. The president has to re-qualify himself for a second term."

CNBC's John Harwood concluded that it was the president who looked like the challenger with his sharp attacks and interruptions. Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post tweeted, "If you had no idea about the race, the level of aggression from Obama would make you think he is behind."

Clearly Romney was playing it safe, a tactic football teams use when they're ahead and want to run out the clock. I wish he had noted while congratulating the president for giving the go-ahead to kill Osama bin Laden, that what we are confronting now is not so much despotic leaders, but a radical faith many believe encourages the murder or subjugation of nonbelievers.

According to Andrew McCarthy, author and former federal prosecutor, writing for the website the Counter Jihad Report, "In Cairo ... Hamas' chief, Khaled Mashal, gave a fiery speech calling for violent jihad against Israel. With approving nods from his hosts -- aides to Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader whom Egyptians elected their president -- Mashal exclaimed, 'Resistance (the Islamist euphemism for terrorism), not negotiation, is the path to the restoration of rights. ... Nothing will restore the homeland but jihad, the rifle, and self-sacrifice.'" How can diplomacy deter this level of fanaticism? Clearly the Obama administration's approach has not lowered the rhetoric or altered the behavior of jihadists.

The administration's policy toward Egypt has been to send more aid while attempting to get congressional approval for debt forgiveness.

The Obama administration has a foreign policy, or policies, that have been mostly ineffective, leaving the perception that America is weak. That always invites adventurism, even attacks, by our enemies.

Romney "won" the foreign policy debate by not losing it. Watch for the Obama campaign's attack ads to intensify, which will make Obama look even more like the challenger. Romney has the momentum. Now he must close the deal.


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