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 March 14, 2007 / 24 Adar, 5767

Now in power, Dems find war is tough to end

By Jonathan Gurwitz

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Oliver Ellsworth, a Founding Father and the third chief justice of the United States, offered some keen advice to his colleagues at the Constitutional Convention in 1787: "It should be more easy to get out of war than into it."

His observation came during a contentious debate over a motion offered by James Madison to change the authority of Congress "to make war" to the authority "to declare war." Madison's motion carried the day. Thus was created a constitutional division of powers that has for more than two centuries preserved political order and provided for the common defense.

In addition to the ability to authorize armed conflict, Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution grants Congress the power to appropriate money for the armed forces. But the Constitution reserves for the president — in Article II, Section 2 — the power of commander in chief.

The very traits that make Congress indispensable in preventing a concentration of power also make it ill-suited for making executive decisions about armed conflicts. War by committee, as Vice President Dick Cheney describes it, is a prescription for disaster.

If there were any doubts about constitutional wisdom, then the confused efforts of the Democratic leadership to channel Ellsworth ought to put them to rest. First, the House passed a nonbinding resolution on Iraq. Then Rep. John Murtha revealed to a left-wing Web site that the resolution was only the first step in a strategy to grind the war down by slowing deployments to Iraq with troop-readiness standards.

Now the Senate — which had deadlocked weeks ago over which or how many of three Iraq resolutions it would debate — may return to the Ouija board. Sen. Joseph Biden, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, wants to revoke the 2002 war authorization. Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, favors a change in strategy that employs U.S. forces to maintain Iraq's "territorial integrity." Sen. Barack Obama advocates a de-escalation of U.S. combat brigades, leading to a complete withdrawal by March 31, 2008.

All this comes only weeks after the Senate unanimously approved President Bush's choice of a new commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, the author of the current counterinsurgency strategy.

In terms of the separation of powers, the measures in the Senate are as meaningless as the one already passed by the House. Which means that Sen. Russ Feingold may be the only Democrat in Congress who has both read and understood the Constitution and who actually believes his party's rhetoric about Iraq.

Feingold has introduced the Iraq Redeployment Act of 2007, which would cease funding most U.S. military operations in Iraq in 180 days. His legislation follows in the tradition of the Case-Church Amendment of 1973 that cut off funds for U.S. military operations in Southeast Asia.

Why are Democrats in Congress running away from the Iraq Redeployment Act as swiftly as they embraced Petraeus? It's not because a majority of the members of Congress are afflicted with a multiple personality disorder. It's because they are afraid of taking any action for which there might be real-world consequences.

Cutting off funding would inconveniently make Bush's war — which 29 Democrats in the Senate and 81 in the House voted to authorize in 2002 — their war. Handcuffing Petraeus so quickly after confirming him would reveal too much cynicism.

Deliberating, rather than executing, is what Congress is designed to do. Madison, while recognizing the disaster of attempting to wage war by legislative committee, also understood the dangers war posed for the extension of executive power. "Those who are to conduct a war," wrote Madison "cannot in the nature of things, be proper or safe judges, whether a war ought to be commenced, continued or concluded."

Having authorized military action in Iraq, Congress has the constitutional power to conclude it. But — contrary to Ellsworth — that's proving to be a harder political feat for Democrats to accomplish.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.Comment by clicking here.

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