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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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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

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Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

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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 May 31, 2007 / 14 Sivan 5767

A weak power play: Bush's victory on war funding vote is solely political win that may not last

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Once again, President Bush has won the political battle with Democrats over Iraq. Now if only he could win the actual war.


The funding bill Congress passed was a clear victory for Bush. He got the money he asked for and none of the timetables for troop withdrawal that led him to veto an earlier version. Its benchmarks for the Iraqi government are toothless because Bush can waive them. No wonder the President didn't flinch when a bird relieved itself on his arm as he discussed the legislation with reporters outside the White House. As a Bush aide put it, "It's our lucky day."


Agreed, but I'm not sure the Bushies will be so chirpy in the long run. Although most Democrats caved on the timetables for fear they would be accused of abandoning the troops, they have a big majority of the public behind them in opposing the war. And unless Bush can show real progress — progress the public sees and believes — he'll be forced to find an exit strategy.


In fact, he's already looking for one. He had scoffed at talking to Syria and Iran, but he's doing exactly that now. That was one of the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, whose report Bush shelved last December. Yet on Thursday he went out of his way to say nice things about the report, especially its idea of having U.S. troops do more training of Iraqis and less fighting. He called that "a kind of long-term basis" for stabilizing Iraq. "I believe this is an area where ... we can find common ground with Democrats and Republicans," he said.


Maybe the dirty bird whispered in his ear, too, because shifting our troops' mission also was one of the study group's ideas and it was in the first funding bill that Bush vetoed. So Democrats are already there — and now it sounds like Bush wants to join them.


He doesn't have much choice. Gen. David Petraeus has said he would publicly review the results of the troop surge in September, and, given the continued chaos, a negative assessment seems likely. When a reporter asked whether the fixed date gives "the enemy exactly what you've said you don't want them to have, which is a date to focus on, and doesn't it guarantee a bloody August?" the President ducked the first part but acknowledged the second. "Yes, it could be a bloody — it could be a very difficult August," he said.


All that suggests big changes are coming this fall, one where the President pulls back and effectively concedes there will be no clear victory. So Dems would get their way on the war, but politically, they could still lose.


That's because they're approaching the war the way kids play soccer — everybody just chases the ball without a plan. Congressional leaders Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are always a frazzled step behind the action. The party's leading presidential candidates, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, are so obviously calculating their moves to keep the anti-war left happy that they look weak.


Their "no" votes on funding are a perfect example. The total was 80-14, meaning Clinton and Obama were in a tiny minority of their own party. Clinton has made it an article of faith that she and Obama vote alike on Iraq, which probably explains why she let him vote before her. Had Obama voted for the bill, Clinton probably would have, too.


That kind of game-playing with troop funding could get a candidate killed by voters.

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