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December 2, 2014

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

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

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

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 Dec. 8, 2010/ 1 Teves, 5771

A Lethal Military, Inclusive or Not

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Despite the fact our military remains engaged in two wars in the Middle East, the focus of our military establishment has been centered around whether or not to repeal the current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding homosexuals serving in the military. DADT was established in 1993 when president Bill Clinton asked Defense Secretary Les Aspin to formulate a policy to address "the real, practical problems that would be involved" in ending discrimination based on sexual orientation. After much debate President Clinton and Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA), chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, reached a compromise and DADT became the law of the land. Despite this compromise, the issue remains unresolved in the minds of many Americans. Should DADT be repealed?

Let's begin with historical context. In both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, black Americans were initially barred from service. In both wars, the policy was eventually reversed for practical reasons. During the American Revolution, the British offered American slaves freedom if they fought on the British side. During the Civil War, the Union forces faced a serious troop shortage. In both instances, black troops were segregated from their white counterparts.

This segregation continued up to, and partially through, WWll when, once again, a manpower shortage dictated the need for accepting blacks into military service. During the war, the Navy began experimenting with integration, largely due to the fact that maintaining separate combat-ready units was deemed to be unnecessarily expensive. Yet such integration was "unofficial." In 1948, President Harry Truman issued Executive Order 9981, in which he "declared to be the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin."

The order was hardly a panacea. One month before it was issued, a Gallup poll indicated that 63% of Americans endorsed segregation in the military. A 1949 survey of white Army personnel showed equally resistance: 32% completely opposed racial integration per se, and 61% opposed integration if it meant that both races would share sleeping quarters and mess halls. On the other hand, 68% were willing to work together if separate sleeping and eating arrangements could be maintained.

During the Korean War the Army, again due to personnel shortages, became integrated. A study made during that time concluded that "racial integration had not impaired task performance or unit effectiveness, that cooperation in integrated units was equal or superior to that of all-White units, and that serving with Blacks appeared to make White soldiers more accepting of integration." By the end of that conflict the Defense Department eliminated segregated units and living quarters. Since the 1960s, several Defense Dept. programs and policies have been implemented to address lingering problems related to race, most notably the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) established by the Secretary of Defense in 1971.

With respect to the history of gays in the military, there was no official policy. Yet sodomy was considered a criminal offense during Revolutionary times and the military continually engaged in removing suspected homosexuals from military units. During WWll, the military took a different approach. Psychological screening became part of the induction process and, at that time, homosexuality was still considered a mental disorder (the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association declassified it in 1973 and 1975, respectively).



Once again, reality intruded and personnel shortages allowed many gay and lesbians to enlist and serve. After the war, however, and continuing throughout the '50s and '60s, gays were once again barred from serving the country. Throughout the '70s, challenging the policy in court was largely unsuccessful, despite the burgeoning civil rights movement taking place in many other aspects of American life. Then in 1981 the Dept. of Defense formulated a policy in which homosexuality was considered "incompatible" with military service. This resulted in the discharge of almost 17,000 men and women during that decade, according to the Government Accounting Office (GAO).

That policy provided much of the impetus for the enactment of DADT in 1993. Since then, challenges to the it have had an inconsistent track record with respect to lower court rulings, but higher courts have upheld it.

This past September, US District Court Judge Virginia Phillips ruled in California that DADT was un-Constitutional, claiming the ban violates the first and fifth Amendment rights of homosexuals. She issued an injunction barring enforcement of the policy. The case had been brought to the court in 2004 by Log Cabin Republicans, a 19,000 member constituency of the Republican party. In October, a three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the ruling--at the request of the Obama administration who, though in favor of repeal, argued that such an abrupt change "risks causing significant immediate harm to the military and its efforts to be prepared to implement an orderly repeal of the statute." Despite this, Defense Department spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said the Pentagon has advised recruiting stations that they can accept openly gay applicants provided they qualify under normal recruiting guidelines. However, recruiters are not allowed to inquire about someone's sexual orientation.

The American public? A Pew Research poll released November 29th indicates that 58% of those surveyed favored the repeal of DADT and allowing gays to serve openly in the military. And in a study released this week by the Pentagon, two-thirds of our overall forces "predicted little impact on the military's ability to fight if gays were allowed to serve openly."

Yet troops performing combat duties were still resistant. Nearly 60% of those in the Army and Marine combat units said they thought repealing the law would "hurt their units' ability to fight on the battlefield." Opponents of the repeal, led by former veteran Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), along with military service chiefs, argue that making such a substantial policy change is a bad idea in the middle of two wars. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the study indicated a need for "an abundance of care and preparation" before changing policy, but that the concerns of combat troops "do not present an insurmountable barrier to successful repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell."'

In a related vein, it should be noted that on October 21st, the Navy announced that women will begin serving on submarines in December, 2011. Twenty-four graduates of U.S. Naval Academy, ROTC programs and Officer Candidate School will rotate service on four different submarines. Three women, all officers, out of a crew of 154, will serve aboard each sub at any one time. The submarine force is the last of the Navy's forces to allow women to serve, as they have been part of noncombat surface ship crews since 1973, and combat surface ships since 1993.

Is ending DADT a good move? As with women on submarines, there has been considerable pressure put on the armed forces to make our military more "diverse" and more "representative of America as a whole." Yet is such social engineering is beneficial--or even relevant--with respect to producing the finest fighting forces in the world?

That and nothing else ought to be the foremost consideration for any military policy-making.

Yet as we learned from the Fort Hood incident, such is hardly the case. After Army Major Nidal Hasan killed 13 and wounded 32 of his fellow soldiers at that base, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said that "(o)ur diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse."

Memo to Gen. Casey: there is no greater tragedy than the loss of American soldiers. And putting our soldiers in unnecessary danger and/or losing an entire war--for political correctness sake--is beyond irresponsible. Here's hoping a far more forthright discussion of DADT--with plenty of input from military experts--takes place prior to any change in policy.

We owe nothing less to those Americans willing to put their lives on the line for our nation.

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Previously:


12/06/10:
The ‘Unexpected’ Consequences of Progressivism
12/01/10: Leakers and Losers
11/29/10: ‘We Won’, Part One
11/22/10: Keep Your Hands Off My Constitution
11/17/10: Grope and Change
11/14/10: Taking Back Our Country, One School At a Time
11/11/10: Checks (and Balances), Please
11/08/10: Curtain Up, Progressives Down
11/04/10: Last Chance, Republicans
11/01/10: By Their Own Words Shall Ye Know Them
10/28/10: Progressive Determination to Undermine American Elections
10/25/10: Shock, but more importantly, action: De-Unionize Public Schools now
10/20/10: Multiculturalism? Check, Please
10/18/10: Healthcare: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ vs. The Constitution
10/11/10: Vote for Restoring the Rule of Law in November
10/11/10: Dems: Running From Clarity
10/07/10: Hypersensitive Hogwash
10/04/10: ‘Comprehensive’ Con Artists
09/29/10: Why Dems Are Going Down in November
09/27/10: The Unholiest of Unholy Alliances
09/22/10: Two Words for Republicans to Remember: ‘I Won’
09/20/10: Purging ‘Me First’ Politicians
09/17/10: No More ‘Lesser of Two Evils’
09/15/10: ‘Recovery’ Arms Race
09/13/10: ‘Bigots’ in the Majority --- Again?
09/09/10: Giving Voters Something to Vote For
09/07/10: Irresponsible Dems, Incomprehensible Bills
09/02/10: War Weary Americans vs. Implacable Islamists
08/31/10: A ‘Dream’ Debased
08/25/10: American ‘Bigots’ Versus Media Propagandists
08/23/10: Recovery Bummer
08/19/10: An Unholy Alliance of Radicals
08/16/10: You've Lost America, Mr. President
08/13/10: The Twin Towers of Progressive Disconnect
08/11/10: A Far Better ‘National Discussion’
08/09/10: It's ‘Only’ One Dead Nun
08/06/10: Incremental Tyranny
08/04/10: Ground Zero Mosque: Context Counts
08/02/10: The Arizona Ruling: a Gift for November
07/29/10: The United Cities of America
07/26/10: JournoList: ‘Coordinated’ Ideological Bankruptcy
07/20/10: Go For Broke Or Get Out of the Way
07/14/10: You're a Liberal/Progressive if You Believe…
07/12/10: $33-an-hour--For Sleeping On the Job
07/08/10: Extortionist Government
07/06/10: ‘Commerce Clause’ Totalitarians
07/01/10: Another Public School Travesty in MA
06/30/10: Calling YOUR Bluff, Mr. President
06/28/10: A Trifecta of Progressive Corruption
06/23/10: Plug the Darn Hole --- In Our Border
06/21/10: Our Empty-Suit-in-Chief
06/16/10: Betraying Our Children
06/14/10: Who Gets the Benefit of the Doubt?
06/07/10: Politically Correct Warfare
06/01/10: Bill Maher's ‘Black’ President
05/25/10: A Mosque At Ground Zero
05/23/10: Libs Stand Tall --- For Mexico
05/19/10: The 'Unintended Consequences' of Liberalism
05/17/10: 'Los' Suns: Stuck on Stupido
05/12/10: Union Audacity: Yes We Will!
05/10/10: Greeks, Leaks and and Double-Speak
05/05/10: Twelve Million Illegals --- or Thirty?
05/02/10: Republicans: Playing Not to Lose Doesn't Cut It
04/28/10: Arizona: Progressivism's Waterloo?
04/26/10: Son of Amnesty
04/22/10: Mortgages and Moral Meltdowns
04/20/10: Bashing Christians — Or Gays?
04/15/10: Personal Integri-‘tea’
04/12/10: Fools, Tools and Ghouls
04/08/10: (Tea) Party On
04/05/10: The Triumph of Mediocrity
04/02/10: Two For the Road
03/29/10: The Innate Immorality of Liberalism
03/24/10: The Art of War
03/22/10: I Want My Country Back
03/18/10: A Perpetual Process
03/17/10: American Exhibitionists
03/15/10: A Light Bulb Moment of Clarity
03/10/10: Little Things Mean A Lot
02/03/10: Budgetary Fork in the Road
02/01/10: Liberal Economic Illiteracy
01/27/10: ‘Roe-ing and Wade-ing’ Back to Reason
01/25/10: Arrogance When Up, Denial When Down
01/20/10: Connecting the Educational Dots
01/19/10: The Next Tea Party?
01/15/10: The Myth That Keeps on Giving
01/13/10: Airport Security Begins Away From the Airport
01/11/10: Secrets and Lies
01/08/10: Embracing Bigotry — or Rejecting Bullying?
01/06/10: Hanging by an Ideological Thread
01/04/10: Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy
12/30/09: A Day Off
12/28/09: Dangerous Myths
12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
12/21/09: My Opinon
12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
11/23/09:The Trial (Travesty) of the Century
11/04/09: American Vampires and Their Political Enablers
11/01/09: ‘Opting Out’ of Insanity?
10/28/09: Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer. Brain Required
10/26/09: Communism: Nazism With Better PR
10/21/09: Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

© 2010, Arnold Ahlert

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