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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 Nov. 9, 2010 / 2 Kislev, 5771

Politicizing the Pentagon

By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's bad enough that precious Pentagon resources are being expended supporting and securing President Obama's pasha-like excursion to India and other Asian nations this month.  After all, such expenditures come at a time when the defense budget is being dramatically cut - even as wartime operations continue in two countries.

Team Obama is simultaneously undertaking what is, arguably, an even more egregious assault on the armed forces: politicizing them in the interest of advancing a rank partisan purpose - appeasing homosexual activists who seek to make major progress on their broader political agenda by obtaining repeal of the 1993 law that prohibits them from serving in the military.

President Obama and his allies insist that that law - which is incessantly and incorrectly called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the nickname for a Clinton-era Defense Department regulation that was intended to undermine the statute by allowing gays to serve as long as they kept their sexual preferences a secret - is a throw-back to an by-gone era. In a way they are right.

The homosexual exclusion legislation was crafted back at a time when Congress actually held comprehensive hearings, in this case twelve of them, and engaged in extensive and informed debate on such important public policy bills.  Members even read the draft legislation before voting on it - including its fifteen findings that are as relevant today as they were then in enumerating why homosexuality is incompatible with the good order and discipline essential to the U.S. military's effectiveness.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen have fallen into line behind the President's insistence that this statute be repealed.  Adm. Mullen has gone so far as to declare that those who disagree should "vote with their feet" - in other words, get out of uniform and end the sacrifices they and their families are making to serve our country in time of war.

Such behavior by top Pentagon leaders constitutes what the armed forces call "command influence."  It is being manifested in what is becoming increasingly clearly a politicized study of the effects of repealing the homosexual exclusion law.  This study is being performed by the so-called Comprehensive Review Working Group (CRWG), co-chaired by the Pentagon's General Counsel, Jeh Johnson, and the Commander of [U.S. Forces in Europe], General [Carter Ham].   Its report is due to be submitted to the Secretary of Defense on December 1st.

But the results of the CRWG study have already begun leaking.  Or, more accurately, false reports about the study's findings have lately made their way into the press. Specifically, AP reported last week that a survey conducted at the behest of the working group had found significant support in the military for repeal of the homosexual exclusion statute.

In fact, the survey did not ask that question.  Worse yet, in one or more of the "town hall" forums where service personnel were able to express themselves on the issue, a senior member of the CRWG, Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick, who is in charge of personnel matters for the Army, reportedly engaged in his own bit of command influence by declaring, according to the Washington Times, that personnel who oppose repeal are "racists" and "bigots."  Echoing Adm. Mullen's exhortation,  Bostick reportedly said that anyone who doesn't "get with the program" should "get out."

Further evidence of the politicization of the Pentagon under Team Obama can be found in the contrasting treatment of these two reports. Senior Defense Department officials immediately and vociferously denied the truth of the allegations about Gen. Bostick.  Yet, to this day, no official has publicly challenged the accuracy of the false reports about the survey's findings on military attitudes concerning preserving the ban on open homosexuals' service in uniform - even though General Counsel Jeh Johnson has privately acknowledged in a November 1 email that those reports are untrue.   Failure to discredit the original story when reporters requested comment invited more worldwide repetitions and more dishonest leaks that conveniently serve the political purposes of President Obama.

It now appears that the President's hope to jam the repeal of the homosexual exclusion statute through the Congress during the upcoming lame duck session probably will not happen.  Thanks to Senator John McCain's courageous and steadfast efforts to protect the culture of the military from this direct assault, Mr. Obama's pandering to the radical homosexual agenda failed before and seems doomed to fail during the next few weeks.

Unfortunately, that agenda has nonetheless advanced in a federal court in California and in the Pentagon's own implementation of the law.   A ruling by Judge Virginia Phillips found the statute unconstitutional and directed the Defense Department to stop enforcing it worldwide.  An appeals court wisely stayed that reckless and overreaching judicial action, but not before Secretary Gates made unnecessary and counterproductive changes in departmental procedures to make it vastly more difficult for homosexuals who make their sexual preferences known to be removed from the ranks - as the law requires.

We expect to be spared the travesty of having  yesterday's Senate take an action with respect to gays in the military that would have far-reaching and highly deleterious repercussions for many years to come - repercussions that an honest Pentagon study would document in detail.  (For more on just how dishonest the CRWG report seems likely to be, see Robert McGinnis' new, thoughtful critique for the Family Research Council.) 

What is extremely distressing, though, is the residue of this politicization effort - one that seems likely to undermine the military culture and the Pentagon's credibility on social issues, even if Congress refuses to accede to the Obama/homosexual agenda.


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