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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

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

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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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The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 7, 2007 / 17 Adar, 5767

Sabotaging the war effort?

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What if we win in Iraq? If the thought makes you break out in a cold sweat, you could be a Democratic candidate for president.

Democratic leaders in Congress have cut and run from the "slow bleed" strategy (to hamstring the war effort in Iraq through restrictive amendments on the defense appropriations bill) outlined by Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Johnstown, that I described last week.

But sabotaging the war effort is still foremost on the Democratic agenda. Sen. "Slow Joe" Biden of Delaware wants to repeal the 2002 authorization to go to war in Iraq (for which Sen. Biden had voted).

Democrats have invested so much political capital in an American defeat that their electoral prospects in 2008 could be devastated if we win.

And win we very well may. The troop surge the Democrats are trying to stop already has produced a sharp decline in the number of bullet-riddled bodies found in the streets of Baghdad, the AP reported Tuesday.

"Since the crackdown was formally launched Feb. 14, a total of 164 bodies have been found in the capital as of Monday, according to AP figures. The AP count showed that 390 bodies were discovered in the same period in January," the AP said.

"I spoke to my father in Baghdad, and he said the street is very impressed by the operation and receiving much cooperation from the people," said Haider Ajina, an Iraqi-American Web logger who is Shia.

"The best part remains the return of displaced families to their homes," wrote the Iraqi Web logger Mohammed Fadhil, a Sunni. "More than 600 families have returned so far."

I'm flabbergasted that it took the president until last December to realize that protecting the Iraqi population is the key to success.

Recognition of the obvious has come awfully late. But not too late, thinks Donald Stoker, who teaches strategy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California.

Most insurgencies fail, and the insurgents in Iraq lack the ingredients of the few successful insurgencies of the 20th Century, Prof. Stoker said.

Nearly 3,400 service members have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each of these deaths is a tragedy. But our combat deaths have been fewer than the number of troops lost during the Clinton administration. (During the Clinton years, an average of 939 personnel died each year, mostly in accidents. Since 2003, an average of 800 troops have died each year in Iraq.)

The Bush administration's mistakes doubtless have prolonged the war. But our perception of failure may be more the product of ignorance and impatience than of the realities on the ground. Typically, it takes 8-11 years to defeat an insurgency, Prof. Stoker said. We've been in Iraq for less than four.

And the passage of time is required for the adjustments in attitude which seem to be taking place among Iraqis. Sunnis had to be disabused of the notion they could continue to lord it over the majority Shia and the Kurds. And Sunnis had to experience the ugliness of al Qaida rule in Fallujah and Tal Afar before public opinion among them turned decisively against the terror group.

There've been major political gains in recent months. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki no longer is using linguini for a spine. The Iraqi parliament has agreed on an oil revenue sharing plan. The discovery of major oil deposits in Anbar should spur Sunni desires for peace.

Democrats clamored for a U.S. defeat during the Civil War. The Copperheads were ascendant until Sherman captured Atlanta two months before the 1864 elections. But Republicans creamed them when voters thought victory was nigh. President Bush may have his Atlanta before the primaries begin.

If the war is going badly in the fall of 2008, Republicans are toast. So why would Democrats embrace now the one political posture that could bite them in the tuchus?

We got a clue Tuesday. A suicide bomber attacked Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. Taliban spokesmen said their target was Vice President Dick Cheney, who was visiting the base. Many posters at popular left wing Web sites expressed regret that Mr. Cheney had not been harmed.

Most Democrats share the revulsion of other Americans at the attempt to assassinate the vice president. But the unhinged may dominate in early primaries and caucuses, which typically draw less than 30 percent of registered voters, so Democrats are pandering to them. But the candidate who appeals most to moonbats in the spring may be radioactive in the fall. Ask Ned Lamont.

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