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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

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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

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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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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Jewish World Review Jan. 25, 2007 / 6 Shevat 5767

When the general tapped to lead the troops has doubts, the plan may already be doomed

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's no surprise that after nearly four years of failure in Iraq, only about 35% of Americans believe President Bush's plan to send additional troops will make a big difference. What is surprising is that Bush's new pick to lead our forces has his own doubts.


Lt. Gen. David Petraeus told the Senate he needed the additional 21,500 Marines and G.I.s, as well as other help, but made it clear "there are no guarantees" of success.


He also gave "I don't know" answers to key questions about whether the Iraqi government and its troops were up to the job of ending the sectarian slaughter.


Asked whether "the clock has already run out," Petraeus started by saying, "That's a great question." Asked whether the Iraqi government wants more American troops, he said, "I don't know." Does he have confidence in the Iraqi military? "I will have to determine for myself."


Nothing Bush could say in the State of the Union speech could be a more accurate and yet dispiriting measure of our position in Iraq. We are stuck in a defensive crouch, trying our best simply not to lose as our casualties climb. Twenty-seven of our brave soldiers were killed on one day alone last week, five of them ambushed by gunmen wearing American military uniforms. Petraeus' testimony on that and everything else was neither inspired nor inspiring. He was dutiful, every ounce the sober and patriotic commander.


He said, "I believe" the new plan could work and would not have taken the job otherwise. But he admitted he had no role in shaping the strategy and, although he has served two tours in Iraq, has not been there for 16 months. He dodged some tough questions, including one on border security, by saying he had a lot of catching up to do.


Overall, his tepid answers reinforced my belief that the surge oftroops is a roll of the dice more than a well-thought-out strategy. Dice games are great fun in a casino, but they are no way to run awar. Everything hinges on the Iraqi government doing its part, and there is no reason to believe it will, yet we're putting more chips on the table anyway. Why?


Most members of the armed services panel share that doubt. Although Petraeus' confirmation looks certain, all Democrats and most Republicans expressed skepticism or opposition to the new plan. Several got him to promise that he would speak up if he thought it was failing or if his civilian bosses gave misleading information to Congress.


Sen. Hillary Clinton was spitting hellfire. Fresh off her "I'm in towin" presidential announcement, Clinton looked like she wanted to punch Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), who had argued that congressional resolutions opposing the surge would demoralize our troops and embolden the enemy. Without looking at Lieberman or mentioning his name, Clinton accused him of "trying to up the rhetoric."


Signaling the sensitivity on the issue, one resolution co-sponsor, Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), warned Petraeus to "review the transcript" of his answers to Lieberman's questions. In a skillful bit of lawyering, Lieberman had led the new commander into agreeing that the resolutions would give the enemy hope by revealing America's divisions.


Yet as Clinton conceded, the resolutions would only send a message of disapproval. "We know the policy is going forward," she said, adding her belief that the plan is "a dead end."


That's an unfortunate choice of words, and, on the substance, I hope she's wrong. But I fear she's right.

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