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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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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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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

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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

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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 Dec. 5, 2006 / 14 Kislev, 5767

The hollow man: U.S. leaders need to consider that Malikijust may be the wrong man for Iraq

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As Washington stumbles and lurches toward a consensus on Iraq, the one point of general agreement is that Iraqis themselves must do more to stop the slaughter. Although Democrats and Republicans differ on what our troops should do and for how long, they are unanimous in saying that Iraq's government has to crack down on sectarian death squads.


Ah, but if it's such a no-brainer of an idea, why hasn't the Iraqi government actually done it? What if it can't? What if the problem isn't a lack of will but of ability? What if the Iraqi government isn't really a government at all?


Fundamental doubts about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki were raised by a top aide to President Bush last week, then quickly brushed aside as the President met with Maliki in Jordan and declared him "the right guy for Iraq."


Count me as unconvinced. The moment smacked of the time Bush, after his first meeting with Russian boss Vladimir Putin, said he got "a sense of his soul" and approved. That, of course, was before Putin's critics around the world started turning up dead.


Maliki is not responsible for the relentless mayhem claiming thousands of Iraqi civilians each month. But he's been put on notice so many times that he had to do something, and promised each time that he would.


I get the sense he can't. If he could deliver, he probably would have by now.


Which makes his promise last week to take over the bulk of Iraq's security by next June mighty suspect. It sounds more like a bid to buy time in the hope that maybe a miracle will happen. Either way, his promise that this time he really, really means it sprinkled a little fairy dust on the joint press conference and allowed Bush to come home claiming progress. At least until the next round of car bombs and kidnappings and torture and murder.


But with each successive failure, the screws on us turn tighter. By again certifying Maliki as our man in Baghdad, Bush has tied our fate to a government that might be unable to provide a bare minimum of security. Even granting Maliki's best intentions, he is a less powerful figure right now than some of the warlords behind the chaos. Yet it's almost as though any other options are so unbearable that we've agreed to pretend he's the answer.


Sooner or later, we're going to have to decide for ourselves what to do with our troops.


Even on that score, Bush narrowed the options. While there has been much speculation that plummeting public support and Democratic gains in the midterm elections were pushing him into a corner, the President heaped scorn on reports he would use the coming recommendations of the Iraqi Study Group to begin a pullout. His comment that "this business about a graceful exit just simply has no realism to it whatsoever" leaves him no wiggle room.


The President seemed eager two weeks ago to embrace the public's call for a change of policy, but has rejected or been cool to every specific idea put forward. That would be fine if he had any ideas of his own, but he doesn't seem to. No significant increases or decreases in our troop level even seem to be under consideration.


This is not a man with a plan. And that means we're just muddling forward. Or maybe backward.

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