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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

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

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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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Jewish World Review Jan. 11, 2007 / 21 Teves, 5767

Give Bush a chance: Voters are willing to see if he'll get it right on war

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Even a blatant lie, if repeated often and loudly, can be mistaken for the truth. So it is with the claim that the results of November's election amounted to a public demand to bring our troops home from Iraq.


No matter how loud that claim is made, it is not even close to true. The election results were a vote against our bloody failure in Iraq. They were a demand for success.


Withdrawal, for those keeping honest score, was not the policy of the Democratic Party. Very few of its candidates advocated withdrawal. Even Sen. Chuck Schumer, who orchestrated the Dem Senate takeover, told me in November, "I'd say 65% of the vote was a rejection of Bush's stay-the-course plan and 35% were voting to take a chance on Democrats."


Or, as columnist Charles Krauthammer noted, Democrats didn't get a mandate on Iraq because they didn't run on anything except being anti-Bush. To get a mandate, you have to run "for" something.


Those are the facts, and they are the backdrop to President Bush's crucial speech tonight on Iraq. The American people, frustrated and demoralized over the war, still seem ready to give the President a final chance to make the case for changes that will involve new troops. Democrats, and his Republican critics, should do no less. Those who are already planning to block Bush's plan, even before they know it, do their country a disservice in a time of war.


That's not to argue that whatever Bush says is good enough and worthy of support. Far from it. The idea of adding 20,000 or so more troops doesn't make sense unless the strategy and tactics also change. That's Bush's challenge — he's got to persuade us that his new plan will make a difference. That it's not just "stay the course" in a new wrapper.


Can he do it? I'm hoping yes, but fearing no. Almost nothing he has said about Iraq has happened as he said it would. The victory he repeatedly promised is now a national sore. Nearly four years after the invasion, things are getting worse. Even the execution of Saddam was botched, a fitting metaphor for the two governments — ours and Iraq's — that seem unable and unwilling to get it right.


Most important, the possibility exists that it may simply be too late for us to salvage a decent outcome. Iraqi society is so seared with blood and hate that it is almost impossible to imagine a civil, stable nation emerging from the rubble.


Yet we have to hope Bush and his new secretary of defense and new commanders have found a new formula, one that quickly shows results. Like Winston Churchill's line that democracy is the worst form of government except for the others, Bush's plan, if it is coherent and comprehensive, will be the lesser of all evils.


Withdrawal will almost certainly result in a slaughter and in Iraq becoming a failed state taken over by terror groups or Iran. Official partition, another bad idea, seems impossible to achieve without a full civil war. Any of those outcomes would be a disaster for Iraqis and the entire Mideast.


And they would all make Americans less secure.

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