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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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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

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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

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

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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

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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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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

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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 June 29, 2007 / 13 Tamuz, 5767

Bi-partisan strangling of policy that finally makes sense

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Sentence first; verdict later," said the Queen of Hearts in "Alice in Wonderland." The Queen of Hearts isn't a member of the U.S. Senate, but she has the temperament for it.

This week Sens. Richard Lugar (R-Ind) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) joined their Democratic colleagues in declaring the troop surge a failure. This is curious because (a) the change in strategy has barely begun to be implemented, and (b) the initial signs are positive.

The troop surge formally began Jan. 10 with the announcement that five additional Army brigades would be sent to Iraq. The last brigade did not arrive until the week before last. "What we've been doing so far is putting forces into position, said David Kilcullen, a former Australian army officer who advises our new commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, on counterinsurgency in an interview two weeks ago. "We haven't actually started what I would call the surge yet."

But the announcement of the surge and the arrival of the first units in it did have two immediate effects: Al Qaida operatives began to leave Baghdad for other parts of Iraq (chiefly Diyala province northeast of Baghdad), and sectarian deaths within Baghdad plunged. (These rose in May, but remain at less than half their pre-surge levels.)

Violence is also down significantly in Anbar province, which at this time last year was al Qaida's foremost stronghold.

As one of its architects told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday, the surge represents a repudiation of the strategy the Bush administration has followed in Iraq since the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein's regime.

"That approach relied on keeping the American troop presence in Iraq as small as possible, pushing unprepared Iraqi security forces into the lead too rapidly, and using political progress as the principal means of bringing the violence under control," Frederick Kagan said.

The new strategy is to go on the offensive against al Qaida and Shia extremists backed by Iran, with protecting Iraqi civilians from the terrorists the foremost objective. All successful counterinsurgencies in the past succeeded by protecting the population. But protecting Iraqi civilians wasn't even on the list of priorities for Gen. George Casey, the previous commander in Iraq.

As I write these words, several division-size offensives are under way in Iraq, the most important of which is "Arrowhead Ripper" in Diyala province.

"These operations are qualitatively different from what we've done before," Mr. Kilcullen said in a post at the Small Wars Journal. "Our concept is to knock over several insurgent safe havens simultaneously, in order to prevent the terrorists from relocating their infrastructure from one to another...Unlike on previous occasions, we don't plan to leave these areas once they're secured. These ops will run over months, and the key activity is to stand up viable local security forces...to permanently secure them."

Al Qaida had made Baqubah the capital of its "Islamic state of Iraq," and U.S. officials had hoped to bag a lot of its leaders with Arrowhead Ripper. But it appears that many of them read the tea leaves and fled before the operation got under way. This has caused some in the news media to portray Arrowhead Ripper as unsuccessful.

LtCol. Kilcullen is unperturbed. "The 'terrain' we are clearing is human terrain, not physical terrain," he explained. "It is about marginalizing al Qaida, Shia extremist militias and other terrorist groups from the population they prey on. This is why claims that '80 percent of al Qaida leadership have fled' don't overly disturb us: the aim is not to kill every last AQ leader, but rather to drive them off the population and keep them off."

"Progress toward the end-state goal of Arrowhead Ripper — turning over Baqubah to Iraqi government control — appears to be working," said Michael Yon, a former Special Forces soldier who is now a freelance journalist embedded with the U.S. troops conducting the assault.

After four years of fumbling, we finally have a strategy which makes sense and shows concrete signs of progress. But now some Republican senators are joining Democrats in attempting to strangle it in its crib.

And what is the "new" strategy that Sen. Lugar and Sen. Voinovich would have us follow instead of the surge? It's the old failed Bush strategy dressed up in new clothes, Dr. Kagan said. Pushing for political benchmarks and a rapid draw down of American forces is no more likely to be successful now than it was then.

"Political progress is something that follows the establishment of security, not something that causes it," he said.

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