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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 March 2, 2010 / 16 Adar 5770

Hail to the Chiefs

By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last week was not a good one for proponents of social re-engineering of the U.S. military. They had been buoyed by the previous week's congressional testimony of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, widely seen as evidence the Pentagon was prepared to accede to President Obama's demand that avowed homosexuals be allowed to serve in the armed forces. Now, however, four other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have weighed in, and all bets are off on the idea of experimenting with - and possibly breaking - the All-Volunteer Force.


The first official efforts to protect the military's culture from the destructive agenda espoused by lesbian-gay-bisexual-transsexual (LGBT) activists were mounted on Tuesday by the leaders of the air and ground services. Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz told the House Armed Services Committee: "This is not the time to perturb the force that is, at the moment, stretched by demands in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere without careful deliberation."


The same day, the counterpart Senate panel heard from the Army's top general, Chief of Staff George Casey, who said that he has "serious concerns about the impact of repeal of the law on a force that's fully engaged in two wars and has been at war for eight-and-a-half years." Gen. Casey added, "We just don't know the impacts on readiness and military effectiveness."


Then, on Wednesday, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead rolled in, warning the House Armed Services Committee that "There has never really been an assessment of the force that serves....Equally important [are] the feelings of the families that support that force." With that marker down, the Nation's top naval officer made clear that he is not going to go along with an idea his subordinates reject.


The LGBT crowd tried to portray the admiral's proviso as evidence of his support for the Gates-Mullen approach that I call "Gitmo 2"— decide first to repeal the present law barring open homosexuals from serving, then sort out the implications of doing so. Adm. Roughead and his colleagues, however, seem to have no appetite for the sort of survey that favored by the would-be Pentagon social engineers: In the words of Wonderland's Queen of Hearts, "verdict first, trial after."

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At a House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, one of the homosexual advocates, Rep. Susan Davis, will nonetheless rig the survey and the study of which it will be a part. Specifically, she reportedly hopes to preclude, as the LGBT lobby's Palm Center put it after the Roughead hearing, "anecdotes about the personal preferences of enlisted personnel and junior officers," claiming speciously that such opinions "would not constitute evidence about the critical question of what impact lifting the ban will have cohesion, recruitment, and effectiveness."


It appears the Chiefs know better, and will insist on getting such insights from the troops. They will also hear from American families who send their loved ones to serve in the military - and may elect not to do so if the military culture is supplanted by the homosexual agenda.


Matters got worse for the latter's proponents with testimony on Thursday from the Commandant of the Marine Corps. General James Conway declared flatly, "I think the current policy works....At this point...my best military advice to this committee, to the [Defense] Secretary, and to the President would be to keep the law such as it is." Semper fidelis.


The Chiefs also expressed strong opposition to an insidious gambit being promoted by the Michigan Democrat who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Carl Levin. The chairman's stratagem is to get the Pentagon simply to stop enforcing the law of the land, essentially rendering moot the question a working group there is supposed to be studying: How harmful will repeal of that state be on the readiness and effectiveness of the military? Fortunately, those with direct responsibility for the good order and discipline of the armed forces have said of such a moratorium: Fuggedaboutit.


The battle lines are now drawn. The imposition of the homosexual agenda on the only military we have has gone from being a putative certitude to something that will only happen over the adamant objections of the leaders of each of the Defense Department's four armed services.


Add into the mix over 1150 retired flag and general officers who have written a powerful open letter that concluded: "Our past experience as military leaders leads us to be greatly concerned about the impact of repeal [of the law] on morale, discipline, unit cohesion, and overall military readiness. We believe that imposing this burden on our men and women in uniform would undermine recruiting and retention, impact leadership at all levels, have adverse effects on the willingness of parents who lend their sons and daughters to military service, and eventually break the All-Volunteer Force."


President Obama's effort to repeal what he misleadingly calls "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (which was actually the Clinton-era Pentagon directive, not the statute in question) has foisted upon his allies on Capitol Hill yet another, potentially crushing political liability. Already-skittish Democrats who want to continue to represent districts that respect the military, and what it does for all of us, simply can no longer afford to follow Mr. Obama's lead. Hence, the stage is set for the President to be repudiated in favor of the best, informed advice from the leaders of the four armed services. Suffice it to say, hail to the Chiefs!


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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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