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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

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

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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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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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

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Feb. 11, 2008 5 Adar I 5768

Obama and Clinton commit to Iraq withdrawl — consequences be damned

By Michael Goodwin

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's an odd thing to say, but true nonetheless. Thanks to bad news about the economy dominating the presidential campaign, Americans have enjoyed a holiday of sorts from Iraq. Bipartisan agreement on the need for an economic stimulus package has replaced televised images of sectarian slaughter in Iraq and partisan standoffs at home.

Our holiday is nearly over. Iraq is coming back.

American deaths rose in January to 39, from a record-low 23 in December. And February got off to a bloody start Friday, with two female suicide bombers blowing up Baghdad markets, killing at least 64 people.

Even without more carnage, Iraq is certain to emerge as a central election issue. It has been muted in part because the GOP candidates John McCain and Mitt Romney largely agreed that the surge is working and that we cannot abandon Iraq to Islamic extremists. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both say it is time to end the war and have only slightly different timetables for pulling out our troops.

With the parties soon to pick their nominees, the partisan war over the war likely will reignite and remain hot through November. But it won't end there. While Democrats will probably have solid majorities in Congress next year, they will have trouble putting their Iraq policies in place even if they win the White House.

It's not just that Republican resistance will continue. It's also because Clinton and Obama have unrealistic plans for withdrawing our troops.

In what amounts to political pledges, both senators say they will begin withdrawing troops almost immediately after taking office. Their approach is similar to what they accuse Bush of doing — making up his mind about Iraq, then surrounding himself with military officers who agree with him. What if the facts don't fit their plans?

Clinton addressed Iraq in an interview with the Daily News Editorial Board last week, including her rough treatment of Gen. David Petraeus last September, where she swatted away his testimony with the line, "The reports that you provide us really require the willing suspension of disbelief."

She insisted she does listen to military leaders. "I have very good relations with both active-duty and retired military officers because they know that I'll listen, and they know that I will express my opinion and ask hard questions," she said.

I asked her to suppose that, as President, her commander gives similar advice to Petraeus': that even a rapid reduction of our troops would invite a return to wholesale slaughter and increased influence from Iran. If she plunged ahead with a total withdrawal, wouldn't she be guilty of cherry-picking convenient advice?

"I think there is a very significant difference. I think that the President, to quote Stephen Colbert, would often 'fix the facts' to support his decision," she said. "I believe that the evidence over the last five years gives us a basis of facts on which to make certain conclusions about the way forward in Iraq."

She added: "I do not think that there is any argument that can be credibly made that we should not begin to withdraw on military and on political grounds. Now, the wheres and hows, of course, we're going to do it as safely and responsibly as we possibly can."

In the most recent debate, she cautioned that, even in a withdrawal, we had to protect our soldiers, American civilians, our diplomats and Iraqi allies. As she spoke, images of our allies in Vietnam scrambling to get on our last helicopters out of Saigon came to mind.

Clinton prefers a sunnier vision, saying: "I'll give you a counterargument that I have been exploring with people who have experience and expertise in the region, that it would be the worst nightmare of the Iranians for us to withdraw because what would happen is that the various sects or sectors of the Iraqi society, among the Shiites themselves, would begin jockeying for position. And Iran would be forced to pick sides, which would engender a nationalist reaction."

Hmm. That sounds suspiciously like the Bush administration's rationale for toppling Saddam and liberating the Iraqis. A democratic Iraq would yield a democratic Iran, Bush argued.

We know how that worked out.

In fairness, Clinton is thinking seriously about the consequences of her plan. If Obama, who promises a faster withdrawal, agrees to a Daily News interview, he'll get the same questions.

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Michael Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Daily News. Comment by clicking here.


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