September 19, 2012 | 12:52 am
Writing in the American Interest, Walter Russell Mead takes a fascinating look at a long line of botched American action in the Mideast, and offers some advice to Obama.
The Middle East is an unforgiving environment for American presidents in which mistakes are easy to make and all your mistakes are sure to haunt you. There are no magic formulas that will bring success here, but struggling with the region, its intractable problems, and the consequences of the failures and missteps of your predecessors is part of what it means to be President of the United States.
Tablet Magazine asks a range of public figures - among them Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Mayim Bialik - to name one thing they believe is necessary to do in the next 12 months to have a meaningful year.
This year I must, whenever possible, teach people that public service is not only a noble service but a necessary service for the true fulfillment of enacting on a scale that is expected of us values of justice and equality in our society; that paying taxes is an obligation like giving tzedakah...
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