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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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April 4, 2014

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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

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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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Jewish World Review June 25, 2009 / 3 Tamuz 5769

Barak Obama, Bystander in Chief

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It isn't exactly like dancing on Neda's grave, but it's close enough to make decent people uncomfortable.

Neda is — or rather was — Neda Agha Soltan, 26, the beautiful young student whose apparently random murder on the streets of Tehran by a regime thug was captured on video and transmitted around the world. Neda's become as much the symbol of the resistance in Iran as the young man who stood in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square in 1989 was of the democracy movement in China.

At a news conference Tuesday, President Barack Obama condemned the "threats, beatings and imprisonments of the last few days," but stopped short of criticizing the stolen election that sent more than a million protesters into the streets, or expressing support for those protesters. The president's limited criticism of the Iranian regime took place a week after the leaders of Canada, France and Germany issued stronger ones. It was prompted, said Andrew Malcolm of the Los Angeles Times, by Sen. John McCain's "angry Senate Neda speech Monday" which made it politically difficult for Mr. Obama to continue to sit on the fence.

But in the question session which followed his prepared remarks, the president indicated there is no amount of blood the regime can shed that will dissuade him from negotiating with it.

This reached macabre proportions when Mr. Obama indicated his invitation to Iranian diplomats to attend Fourth of July parties is still open. There are arguments for negotiating with brutal regimes. But to socialize with the butchers while they are killing their own people is obscene.

Most protesters in Iran think Mr. Obama's equivocation is a tacit endorsement of the regime. "The people of Iran will not forgive Barack Obama for siding with the evil regime," Kianoosh Sanjari, an exiled student protest leader, said in an interview last week.

So White House aides compounded the obscenity when they told the Washington Post the protesters were inspired by the president's speech to Muslims from Cairo June 4.

"This is very obviously an attempt at damage control," said Web logger Ed Morrissey. "Obama has gotten hammered for staying behind the curve of Western leaders in the defense of liberty, freedom and human rights...Now, suddenly, he wants to claim credit for getting there first with his Cairo speech — which had nothing to do with overthrowing mullahs, and in fact had only a passing mention of democracy as an official U.S. policy in the Middle East."

The president knows he's been a day late and a dollar short since the Iranian crisis began, and is defensive about it. He grew testy when Major Garrett of Fox News asked him what took him so long to condemn the regime's violence against protesters. His remarks have been consistent, Mr. Obama said.

"Even the most egregious toady in the White House press corps knew that wasn't true," said Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard.

For President Obama to be following events rather than leading them is part of a pattern, said JWR columnist Michael Barone, who recalled Mr. Obama was "flummoxed" last year by the Russian invasion of Georgia. It took candidate Obama three days to issue a statement criticizing the Russians.

"Obama likes to execute long-range strategies but suffers from cognitive dissonance when new facts render them inappropriate," Mr. Barone said.

Another clue to the president's timid and tepid response to the turmoil in Iran is the number 129. That's the number of times Mr. Obama voted "present" in the Illinois state senate. This is not a guy who is comfortable taking clear positions on controversial issues.

Another clue is in the structure of a typical Obama speech. In his speech in Philadelphia last year on race relations; in his speech at Notre Dame in May on abortion, and in his speech in Cairo to Muslims in early June, Mr. Obama described clashing points of view, and set himself up as a referee between them. This is a guy who sees himself more as the analyst in the booth than as the man in the arena.

Comedian Greg Gutfield described Mr. Obama as "the bystander in chief." That may be his inclination, but it is hard to vote "present" in the Oval Office.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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