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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 24, 2010 / 12 Tamuz 5770

McChrystal was no McArthur; Obama is no Lincoln

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Because it is better for a president to be thought of as petty and vindictive than to be thought of as vacillating and weak, Barack Obama had to fire his commander in Afghanistan.

General Stanley McChrystal wasn't actually insubordinate. But the reporting of the Rolling Stone article that sparked this controversy gave the impression he was.

It had to hurt a man with an ego as large as Mr. Obama's to read this description of their first one on one meeting:

"'It was a ten minute photo op,' said an adviser to McChrystal. 'Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was. Here's the guy who's going to run his (expletive) war, but he didn't seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.'"

Few doubt this characterization of Mr. Obama's detachment is true.

But it was an unnamed adviser, not Gen. McChrystal, who made the remark to reporter Michael Hastings. And the shots taken in the article at Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser Jim Jones, Special Representative Richard Holbrooke and "the wimps in the White House" all were attributed to aides and advisers, not to the general himself.

Still, this was Gen. McChrystal's second flirtation with insubordination. And Mr. Obama already appeared vacillating and weak in his conduct of foreign policy and in his response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The thoughts expressed are not rare in the U.S. military, but they are not supposed to be expressed publicly. It was appallingly poor judgment for Gen. McChrystal's aides to be so frank with a Rolling Stone reporter, and for Gen. McChrystal to have granted him such access.

"If an officer cannot figure out Rolling Stone, how can he understand the Taliban?" wondered military historian Victor Davis Hanson.

The judgment was so appallingly poor some suspect it was deliberate. Among them is the author of the Rolling Stone article.

"I think they were frustrated with how the policy was going, and I think there was an intent on their part to get a message out about that frustration," Mr. Hastings told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Losing a war causes frustration.

Gen. McChrystal and his aides are frustrated because the deadline for beginning withdrawing troops that Mr. Obama set for next July deprives them of realistic hope of victory.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo, told Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard about a conversation he had when he visited Afghanistan earlier this year.

"This Afghan leader told Barrasso that within hours of Obama's speech word spread that the Americans would be leaving in 2011," Mr. Hayes wrote. "Almost immediately local and national leaders began a mad scramble to ally themselves with anyone with lots of guns and some popular support, entities that would be around when the Americans left -- the Taliban, the Haqqani network, the Pakistani military and, yes, Iran."

And Gen. McChrystal's soldiers are frustrated by bizarrely restrictive rules of engagement which make it easier for the enemy to kill them; harder for them to kill the enemy.

Barack Obama has not been a wartime leader in the mold of Abraham Lincoln or Franklin Roosevelt. Since appointing him, his only other face to face meeting with Gen. McChrystal was to chew him out for criticizing a nutty plan floated by Mr. Biden. Perhaps the only way Gen. McChrystal could have gotten Mr. Obama interested in Afghanistan is if he'd built a golf course there.

But Gen. McChrystal hasn't been a Grant or MacArthur, either. Laurence Peter famously said people in the corporate world tend to be promoted to a level beyond their competence. This happens in the military, too. A superb special operator, Gen. McChrystal seemed out of his depth on the larger stage.

Gen. McChrystal is more responsible than is the president for the restrictive rules of engagement, and he turned a blind eye to the massive corruption of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

President Obama has replaced Gen. McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus, the hero of Iraq. This is the first decision he's made in the war of which I approve. But it will mean nothing unless the deadline for troop withdrawal is dropped; the rules of engagement rewritten, and a better strategic partner than Hamid Karzai found.

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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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