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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

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 July 27, 2006 / 2 Menachem-Av, 5766

Iraq's last chance: More troops may help, but Bush needs luck

By Michael Goodwin

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | So it has come to this: Baghdad or bust. Either increased American and Iraqi troops can stop the mayhem in the capital, or the insurgency will have triumphed.

That was the unspoken message from President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after their Washington meeting yesterday. With the Israeli-Hezbollah war dominating the media and politics, much of the focus was on how Maliki disagreed with his host and demanded an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon. The result is a gap with Bush and even some Democrats, who want to give Israel time to crush the terrorist group.

Yet the differences over Lebanon are, for now, less important than what Bush and Maliki implicitly agreed on: Namely, that security in Baghdad is so shredded that, unless it can be repaired, Iraq's new government is doomed. And so is the American policy of spreading democracy to the Mideast.

Their joint appearance, complete with subdued body language and a stressed look on Bush's face, had the look of a last chance.

"We talked about security in Baghdad," Bush said in a news conference. "No question the terrorists and extremists are brutal. These are people that just kill innocent people to achieve an objective, which is to destabilize his government. The prime minister tells me that he and his government are not shaken by these actions. They're concerned about them, they're not shaken by them."

That's got to be more wish than fact. Only a machine wouldn't be shaken by the level of carnage. The United Nations reported that about 100 civilians are being killed in Iraq each day, or nearly 6,000 in May and June. Many are tortured before being executed while others are blown to bits in public spaces. The UN said the "overwhelming majority" were killed in Baghdad, home to nearly 6 million people.

The increased violence has many people saying a civil war has begun between Sunnis and Shiite Muslims. Whether it has or not is semantics; whatever words are used, no society can function with the daily attacks taking such a toll. One thing is certain: Absent a miraculous turnaround, Bush can forget his goal of reducing the total American force below the 130,000 level before the midterm elections.

The changes sound like a back-to-basics approach, with Bush talking of a plan to "secure individual neighborhoods" in Baghdad, then an expansion to "root out those who instigate violence." He said it would involve "embedding more U.S. military police with Iraqi police units" and better equipping Iraqis.

The added American troops in the capital, Bush said, "will come from other areas of the country." It would be nice to think the rest of the country has been tamed, but it hasn't been. It's just that Baghdad has become an all-hands emergency.

The increase is expected to involve about 3,500 Americans, adding to the 30,000 or so in the Baghdad region, most based near the airport. There may be as many as 50,000 Iraqi troops in the area, though not all are considered reliable.

Will the increase be enough? Probably not. The insurgency seems so entrenched now that upping American strength by 10% in Baghdad is not likely to solve the problem.

Then again, Team Bush has been wrong about Iraq so often that, sooner or later, it has to be right about something. This would be a great time to be right. Or just lucky.

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