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 July 2, 2010 / 20 Tamuz 5770

Is Gen. Petraeus Obama's messiah?

By Dave Weinbaum

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The day after President Obama fired General McChrystal and demoted his boss, General Petraeus to replace him you'd have thought he had discovered the secret to life's creation. Every leftist, drooling reporter used one word so pervasively that it may have to be retired from overuse.

"Brilliant!" said our lackey Socialists in the press. The polls, in a freefall, paused and reversed for a day or two before continuing their nose-dive.

Remember General "Betray us?"

Ironically in 2007 and 2008 then Senator Obama and then Senator Clinton revolted against Petraeus like patriots at the original Tea Party. Hillary :"(The Surge) continues to be the same failed policy." Barack: "The Surge continues to be a disastrous foreign policy mistake." Harry Reid called the general a liar. George Soros, rumored to pull Obama's strings, ran an ad in the NYTimes portraying Petraeus as a traitor.

As we all know, the Surge has been the crowning albeit late achievement of the Bush Administration. Al-Qaeda used Iraq as its stand against America and was decimated. The Iraqi government has come around nicely to provide protective services of its own. Post-Surge, the fledging government of Iraq is, much to the horror of the libiots-in-charge, working.

The question of the moment is who was more responsible for the Iraq war success, the Diplo-General Patraeus or the remake of all the eccentric but effective generals from our history, Hell-Raiser-General McChrystal?

If you stop making hay it could be the last straw

That being said, if one looks objectively at the results so far of Communist Jihad 101, or as some call it the Obama Administration, that firing might be Barry's only hope. It's the one thing he doesn't get an F for.

Let's review the rest of his report card:

  • The economy-F

  • Securing our borders-F

  • Keeping his campaign promises-F

  • Fighting the deficit-F

  • Foreign relations-F

  • Blaming George Bush-Sarcastic A=F

  • Emergency disaster response-Z-According to the former stainer-in-chief, Bill Clinton. (It's almost as if Bubba is out there saying to America , "Had enough? Remember my wife, Hillary?")

Finally, bringing his grade point up a smidgeon is the C I give him for the war in Afghanistan .

Closing the barn door after the horse escapes at least saves the cows and the chickens

Let's assume for a moment that President Obama wants to be successful in the conventional sense--hardly believable considering his failures thus far.

Obama delayed McChrystal's urgent troop requests to the point of criminal negligence. He finally deigned to meet his general.

Via the Rolling Stone rag, we find an intimidated Obama talking to a general with disdain for him. While we don't know for sure, the long delay Barack took to decide to send about half of the troops his general requested and the ridiculous implementation of our withdrawal in about a year and a half, must have been wearing on the general.

The general also agreed to some of the stupidest rules of engagement ever entered into by a general. Troops were killed because they were handcuffed by those not in the field who were preventing justified attacks, causing death and demoralization of our troops.

I surmise the general and his staff, overworked, in great danger and tired of the obstacles were probably a tad frustrated when that Rolling Stone reporter embedded himself in their group. Just like a four looks like a ten after seven beers, the reporter must have looked more like a human than the cretin he is.

Exit McChrystal --- enter his ex-boss, Petraeus.

While the lemmings in the lib press were bubbling "BRILLIANT!" between fawning and fainting, I'm not so sure Obama had a real choice.

That being said, if Obama doesn't bungle this like he has everything else, he can use this talented warrior as a base for some respect. Here's what he gains:

  • First and foremost, he eliminates one serious presidential candidate in Petraeus. If you want a lesson in diplomacy review the General's recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on June 30th. Both sides were giddy about him.

  • This gives Obama a chance to change his inept war rules, so our boys and girls over there can do their jobs in a much safer atmosphere.

  • If Petraeus wins in Afghanistan and creates another fledgling Democracy where the Taliban is diminished, just like his first success against al-Qaeda and Saddam in Iraq , Obama, possibly the worst ever commander-in Chief, can ride his coattails and claim the ironic designation as a successful war president.

Obviously, all this depends on Obama's ability to grow a brain and not to meddle in something that is going right.

If my hypothetical comes true, will it change Obama's downfall: Unlikely, given his ineptitude up until now. But if he has an epiphany and figures he's not ready to declare martial law to avoid elections in a coup of our system, Petraeus could be used to save his political arse.

If you believe that's possible, I've got a fishing boat in the Gulf for sale. I'll give you such a deal!

Plus the fish come pre-blackened.

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