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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

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

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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

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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

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 June 19, 2007 / 3 Tamuz 5767

The wrong game plan: Rudy's terror strategy ignores the fact that offensive tactic failing

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | By naming 12 themes he will campaign on, Rudy Giuliani made a strong move last week to shape the presidential race to his own terms. On security, immigration, taxes, health care and more, Giuliani said where he stands and what he wants to do. Although it is short on detail - each promise gets a single sentence — the list is a handy yardstick for his efforts and a challenge to his rivals.


Yet the move also illustrates why most candidates don't get so specific so early: It gives your opponents lots to shoot at.


Point No. 1 shows the dangers. "I will keep America on offense in the terrorists' war on us," Giuliani says. With its implicit promise of an aggressive military, along with his call for 100,000 more Army troops, Giuliani might as well put a target on his back.


The language play is one he's been using, turning "war on terror" into the "terrorists' war on us." Pledging to stay "on offense" is also familiar turf, with Giuliani saying that "President Bush made the single biggest decision of his presidency correctly. He put us on offense against terrorism." He contrasts that with Democrats, saying they want to play defense only.


So far, so good. We didn't start this war and being on offense against Islamic madmen is better than sitting on our butts waiting to be hit at home again. But there's a huge catch to whether the theory will work — the facts — and Giuliani was snagged by them in a nanosecond.


What about Iraq? he was asked, a fair question since he ignored it on his list of presidential things to do.


"Iraq may get better, Iraq may get worse ... I don't know the answer to that," Giuliani said before warning that regardless, "the terrorists are going to be at war with us."


Talk about your fudge factory. Whether Iraq gets better or worse is not an insignificant difference when it comes to finding the best way to fight terrorists. Iraq, after all, is Exhibit A in going on offense. We chose to invade in the first preemptive war in our history. Critics, who now include most Americans and nearly all of the world, argue that the results prove preemption is a bad idea.


No President, Giuliani included, is going to have much political legroom to go on offense if Iraq ends up in a bloody tie or defeat. We have thrown our best punch, and all we have to show for it is more than 3,500 of our own dead and an Iraq that has gone from a despot slaughterhouse to a lawless slaughterhouse. That's not the kind of result that will make the American public demand an encore.


Sen. Chuck Schumer, making it clear he was not criticizing Giuliani, put it best in an interview. "Terrorism is real, and we do have to be on offense," said the New York Democrat, something of a hawk on foreign policy. "But the charge that anyone who doesn't want to invade another country is doing a disservice to America is being undone by what's happening in Iraq."


There are other examples that undermine Giuliani's theory. Israel's vaunted military was stymied in its war against Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the Iranian-backed terror group gained power and prestige as a result. Israeli troops and tanks have been in Gaza repeatedly, only to see Hamas overthrow the government.


The bottom line is that nothing has worked in Iraq, Lebanon or Gaza. Not democracy, not diplomacy, not huge amounts of aid or military force have tamed violent extremists bent on establishing Islamic theocracies. And the jury is still out in Afghanistan.


That lousy litany is why Democrats won control of Congress and why they hold a 20-point generic lead in public sentiment. Although Giuliani matches up well in polls against Sen. Hillary Clinton, the likely Dem nominee, independent voters and even growing numbers of Republicans now disapprove of Iraq.


Without clear progress there, Giuliani might want to call in rewrite. Point No. 1, as it stands, doesn't look like a winner in a nation sick of war.

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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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