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December 2, 2014

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 May 28, 2008 / 23 Iyar 5768

Many of today's Obama comparisons to Kennedy fall far off the mark

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama's youthfulness, soaring rhetoric and style make comparisons with John F. Kennedy inevitable. Sometimes, however, the Illinois Democrat invites the comparisons.


He's invoked Kennedy in several instances to defend his policy of meeting with the leaders of enemy nations without preconditions. In the most recent example at a campaign event in Oregon, he said, "Strong countries and strong presidents talk to their adversaries. That's what Kennedy did with Khrushchev."


If Lloyd Bentsen were alive, he'd be able to say it best: "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy: I knew Jack Kennedy; Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."


If Obama goes to the White House in January, he will do so with four years of national service. By the time Kennedy took the presidential oath in 1961, he had already served six years in the House and eight years in the Senate.


One of Obama's greatest claims to international expertise is four years of his youth spent in Indonesia. "Voters will have to judge if living in a foreign country at the age of 10," Hillary Clinton has mocked, "prepares one to face the big, complex international challenges the next president will face."


In 1937 as storm clouds gathered over Europe, Kennedy traveled the continent as a college student. A year later, he joined his father, then U.S. ambassador to Great Britain, at the American embassy in London.


For most of 1939, he traveled Europe, the Soviet Union and the Middle East conducting research for his senior thesis. He was in Germany in August of that year, returning to London on Sept. 1 — the date of the German invasion of Poland and the beginning of World War II.


Kennedy finished his thesis in 1940. Its title, conceived without the influence of George W. Bush, was "Appeasement in Munich," later published as the best-selling book "Why England Slept." In it, he argued that the democracies' slow response to Nazi militarization encouraged Hitler's aggression and made conflict inevitable.


Kennedy was a combat veteran and hero of the war in the Pacific. He spent more time in the military than Obama at this point has spent in the Senate. And all this before Kennedy set foot in Congress as an elected official.


Yes, Kennedy did go to Vienna in 1961 for a high-level summit with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. What Obama doesn't say or doesn't know is that despite a résumé that dwarfs his own, despite a keen understanding of the disadvantages democratic leaders face in encounters with totalitarian leaders, Kennedy left Vienna humiliated — and entered a more treacherous world.


Khrushchev dangerously misperceived his ability to embarrass the young president as a sign of American weakness. Within months, he gave the order to begin erecting the Berlin Wall. The following year, he began moving Soviet missiles into Cuba.


Talking with Khrushchev in Vienna — the kind of face-to-face, media-spectacle that Obama endorses — made the United States manifestly more unsafe and a dangerous world even more perilous.


Kennedy didn't salvage the Cuban Missile Crisis by negotiating with Fidel Castro — something Kennedy never did and which is the closest approximation to the diplomatic glad-handing Obama has endorsed for Hugo Chávez, Kim Jong Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


Instead, he did so by exercising American military might and taking the nation to the brink of nuclear war with Russia while discretely negotiating Khrushchev back from the nuclear precipice with a secret American offer to remove American missiles from Turkey.


Kennedy, despite all his preparation, nearly stumbled into nuclear Armageddon with Khrushchev. Yet Obama, who in 20 years couldn't muster the fortitude to speak a critical word to the leader of the Church of G-d Damn America, is going to bowl over the likes of Chávez, Kim and Ahmadinejad?


Don't count on it.

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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.

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