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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. 30, 2013/ 19 Shevat, 5773

Hagel's easy contempt for the U.S. Senate

By Frank J. Gaffney Jr.




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the run-up to the Senate Armed Services Committee's hearing Thursday on Chuck Hagel's fitness to become the next secretary of defense, its members have been treated to the spectacle of the nominee spinning like a prima ballerina.

Evidently, the former Nebraska senator has very low regard for those now serving in the Senate. He seems confident they will either not see through -- or at least not object to -- his concerted efforts to disavow his well-documented public record, obscure his serially faulty judgments and ignore the harm both suggest he is prepared to do, if confirmed, to national security.

The question is: Will Mr. Hagel's cynical and contemptuous gambit be rewarded by the Senate or will it be properly repudiated?

For example, will the Armed Services Committee membership really accept Mr. Hagel's current insistence that he is a strong supporter of Israel when the evidence to the contrary is manifest from his plethora of votes, resolutions, letters and public statements? Will senators on and off the committee trust him to execute Obama administration policy toward Iran's nuclear threat -- which their colleague, Sen. John F. Kerry, last week insisted was "prevention, not containment" -- given his long-standing opposition to both meaningful economic sanctions and military action?

Can legislators who are alarmed at the hollowing-out of the U.S. military now becoming ever more palpable really take at face value Mr. Hagel's current assurances about his commitment to a strong U.S. military? After all, prior to his nomination by President Obama and his attendant "confirmation conversions," Mr. Hagel insisted that the Pentagon budget is bloated and can safely be "pared."

Now, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton might ask, "What's the difference?" Unfortunately, the difference could be a secretary of defense who will actively encourage rather than steadfastly oppose the devastation arising from the elimination or dramatic slowing of virtually all Pentagon modernization programs, the reduction in maintenance of worn-out weapon systems and other equipment, the dissipation of much of what is left of the defense industrial base, the evisceration of training and other benefits.

Then there is Mr. Hagel's stance on nuclear disarmament. Last May, the would-be defense secretary affirmed his sympathy for arms control schemes that amount to prescriptions for unilateral reductions in our deterrent forces by co-authoring a plan for achieving them sponsored by the Global Zero initiative. In so doing, as Heritage Foundation fellow Rebecca Heinrich has noted in the Daily Caller, he signed onto the fatuous idea that "security is mainly a state of mind, not a physical condition." He recommended that the United States eliminate two out of three "legs" of its strategic Triad. He called for steep cuts in the short-range nuclear weapons that are the backbone of the nuclear umbrella our allies have long relied upon for extended deterrence. The effect would be to undermine global stability and exacerbate proliferation.

Are senators supposed to accept the line currently being touted by Mr. Hagel in one-on-one meetings with them and by his defenders in public to the effect that "he firmly believes in a strong nuclear deterrent as long as we face nuclear threats"? Should they actually accept that, for example, the nominee's "belief in a strong nuclear deterrent" is so firmly held that he will actually oppose Mr. Obama's further efforts in a second term -- in which the president has "more flexibility" -- to denuclearize the world, starting with our arsenal? I have a bridge to sell any such credulous legislators.

How about querying Mr. Hagel on what Mrs. Clinton astonishingly described in her otherwise appallingly uninformative swan-song appearance on Capitol Hill last week: the menace posed to us and our allies by "the global jihadist threat." Never mind that Mrs. Clinton has done little, if anything, to evince such concern over the past four years or, for that matter, during the preceding decade-plus she spent in the Senate and White House. In fact, along with Mr. Obama's pick for the next CIA director, John O. Brennan, and his new White House chief of staff, Dennis McDonough, she has been one of the prime movers behind the administration's efforts to deny jihad's plain meaning, namely holy war, and to submit to at least its stealthy, subversive and pre-violent version as practiced by the Muslim Brotherhood.

No amount of spinning by Mr. Hagel in anticipation of Thursday's hearing must be allowed to obscure his own, decades-long insistence that we must engage with the Islamists who are in the vanguard of that global jihadist threat. If this threat is real -- and it is -- senators cannot responsibly turn over the Pentagon to someone so indifferent to it. This is a constitutional duty each and every member has, a duty that cannot be dispensed with, simply because Sen. Charles E. Schumer has predictably made his peace with the nominee.

In short, it will not be enough for the Armed Services Committee's members to expose the truth about Mr. Hagel's disposition on matters that speak to his competency as the senior civilian defense adviser to Mr. Obama. They must also evaluate the implications of entrusting so sensitive a position to a man who holds them in such contempt at the very moment that Mr. Obama's international chickens are coming home to roost.


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JWR contributor Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy in the Reagan Administration, heads the Center for Security Policy. Comments by clicking here.

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