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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 Jan. 25, 2011 / 20 Shevat, 5771

Forgetting about the ‘Saviors of Our Country’

By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In 1892, Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem about the paradigmatic British soldier, Tommy Atkins, and his paradigmatic treatment at the hands of an indolent democratic society that takes him for granted - until he is needed.  It read in part:

"For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' ‘Chuck him out, the brute!' But it's ‘Saviour of 'is country,' when the guns begin to shoot."

Unfortunately, for the first time in a generation, Americans are behaving as though they can safely disdain Tommy's U.S. counterparts - "the troops" - even as the guns are shooting.  All other things being equal, that appears likely to be one of the points on which President Obama will be seeking common ground with Republicans in the president's State of the Union address.

Oh, to be sure, there will be lip service paid to the troops on both sides of the aisle.  Standing ovations will greet the President's obligatory declarations of support for them, appreciation for their sacrifice and commitment to their mission.  If past bipartisan practice is any guide, one or more extraordinary individual in uniform will grace the First Lady's box in the House gallery, perhaps bearing the scars of terrible wounds suffered in the line of duty.

There may even be some fleeting, if basically hortatory, expressions about the dangers we face around the world.  This treatment will be, at best, highly selective so as not to offend several sources of a significant part of that danger.  That would include Communist China, whose increasingly - and ominously - contemptuous attitude towards the United States was perfectly captured during its president's state dinner at the White House:  It featured the singing of a popular Chinese song set during the PRC's last war with us, Korea, in which Americans are depicted as "jackals."

Unmentioned foes will also likely include Vladimir Putin's Russia which, right after President Obama coerced sufficient Senate Republicans to approve his New START Treaty during the lame duck session, arranged for: 1) the Duma to affirm the Kremlin view that it now has a veto over U.S. missile defenses; and 2) its top general to announce that the Russians would have their own "impenetrable" missile defense by 2020.

Despite these and other threats and active combat operations in two theaters, it now seems pretty clear that, after the speechmaking ends, the applause dies away and the klieg lights go out in Washington, the troops are going to get screwed, not supported.

Some leading Republicans who should know better are signaling that they are going to join forces with the Obama administration and make significant cuts in defense spending.  This is usually presented as a matter of equity:  Everyone needs to make sacrifices. Democrats will have to take some hits to their social welfare priorities; Republicans will have to take some in defense.  Everything has to be "on the table" when it comes to reducing our nation's red ink.

Now, no one is in favor of wasteful expenditures, in the Pentagon or elsewhere.  But let's face it:  There is no line item in the Defense Department's budget called "Waste, Fraud and Abuse."  As a result, cuts that would eliminate unjustifiable spending by the military have to be wrung out from each and every item that actually is in the defense budget.

But most of those caviling for the budget to be balanced on the backs of our troops are not interested in such a tedious and time-consuming exercise.  A much more convenient way to arrive at significant savings at the Pentagon's expense is to dramatically slow down, reduce or kill outright planned purchases of major weapon systems. Right on cue, several Washington think tanks - including the left-wing Brookings Institution and Stimson Center and the ostensibly centrist Bipartisan Policy Center - have recommended doing just that in recent days.

The sorts of cuts being proposed would decimate what little is left of the modernization of the U.S. military, a necessary reinvestment in materiel that has already been, for far too long, foolishly stretched out or thwarted in favor of some future plane, armored vehicle, ship, missile, etc.  We are always assured that the latter birds-in-the- bush will be better and cheaper than the bird-in-the-hand.

Should the sorts of cuts being urged on Congress actually materialize, all of the  armed services will be debilitated.  The one that is arguably most feared by our enemies,  the Marine Corps, could be reduced to ceremonial functions and protecting embassies.  Its future means of performing amphibious assaults (the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle), its principal airborne assault vehicle (the V-22 Osprey) and the backbone of its dedicated ground-support aviation for decades to come (the F-35) would all be eliminated or rendered unaffordable.

Say what you want, the people who will most immediately reap the whirlwind sown by such actions will be our troops.  They may prove, as a result, unable safely and surely to meet the threats that will be given short shrift by politicians consumed with domestic considerations.  They will be placed in greater jeopardy as a result, but ultimately so will be the nation they have volunteered to protect with their lives.

Lest our political leaders think our troops won't understand the nature or implications of this betrayal, they would do well to recall the closing stanza in Kipling's ode to those who fight and die for the rest of us:

"An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
But Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool - you bet that Tommy sees."


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