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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 June 4, 2014 / 6 Sivan, 5774

A general's farewell salute

By Paul Greenberg




JewishWorldReview.com | Eric Shinseki spent a lifetime serving his country before being ill served by a vast bureaucracy with deep-seated dysfunctions beyond even his ability and dedication to cure.

A four-star general, former chief of staff, and a combat veteran who left part of one foot in Vietnam, his most notable service may not have been on the battlefield but in the counsels of war, which can be just as treacherous and exasperating.

The general spoke truth to power only to see his prescient advice ignored by a president and the incompetents around him as they dealt with the continuing threat Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq had become. And remained even after that dictator had been overthrown, for the remnants of his army launched a deadly guerrilla war of suicide bombings and improvised explosives with but one object: chaos.

It was Gen. Shinseki who tried to warn his commander-in-chief that it would require many more troops to occupy that morass of a country than it had taken to overrun it. Misled by his generals and by armchair generals like a secretary of defense who was better at making quips than strategy (Donald Rumsfeld), George W. Bush brushed off the warning. He chose to rely on other generals and various time-servers -- rather than the one man in his inner circle who had dared level with him.

That president learned better in time, but not before Iraq was thrown into chaos, and the American occupation was proving a disaster.

Instead of just giving up and leaving Iraq to its bloody fate, and the Middle East with it, George W. Bush finally cleaned house. And decided to go with the one commander who knew what he was doing -- the way Lincoln finally found Grant after enduring one bloody debacle after another.

That general's name was David Petraeus, and he'd written the book on counter-insurgency. Given command, Gen. Petraeus would devise the Surge in Iraq that turned everything around, and transformed defeat into success. After a whole pack of pols had said the Surge would never work, it did. (Leading the the pack was a young senator from Illinois named Barack Obama and an always ambitious one named Hillary Clinton.)

In the end, Gen. Petraeus would be undone not by the enemy but by his own indiscretions, but before that he was able to hand over a restored Iraq with a fighting chance to survive and even prosper. Even if his work and foresight would soon enough prove in vain after a president who thought he knew better (the selfsame Barack Obama) withdrew the American troops there and left the country to its worst elements.

As for Gen. Shinseki, he retired to civilian life, and was given an impossible mission: Straighten out the Veterans Administration and its multitude of problems, which had metastasized over the years -- over the decades. Gen. Shinseki made a manful effort to do just that, and actually carried out some long overdue reforms, like shortening patients' waiting times and trying to deal with the homelessness many disabled vets had fallen into.

But in the end the VA's inspector general had to report that the talk of scandal was all too true. Veterans were being left to die while they awaited treatment, and a double set of books was being kept here and there to make it appear they were being scheduled for treatment when they weren't.

When all that was revealed, Gen. Shinseki was made a scapegoat for the VA's many failings. He had to know his time as its head was over when even John McCain, the war hero who never minces words, and who had been the general's most stalwart defender in the Senate, admitted it was time for him to go. And last week he went. Not because he was directly responsible for each and every shameful failure that has riddled the VA for years, but because, as an officer and a gentleman, he remembered the first duty of a leader: A commander is responsible for all that his unit does -- and fails to do.

Eric Shinseki was not about to take refuge in that most shameful of modern excuses: "I only work here." Well done, general. Again.



Meanwhile, shocking news arrived: Jay Carney is quitting as White House press secretary. What an irretrievable loss.

Who now will mislead the country, repeat the most transparent cover stories, back and fill and generally hem and haw to his boss' immense satisfaction, and do it all in this president's own disingenuous style?

Mr. Carney was our own contemporary version of Ron Ziegler, R. Nixon's bumbling spokesflack. And now he's chosen to leave his all too fillable post. Some of us will miss him and all the insight he's provided, if unintentionally, into how this administration's PR operation works. Or doesn't.

The job of White House press secretary isn't easy to do with any intergity. Has there been a straight-shooter in that post since Tony Snow? How he did it -- practicing candor with the American people and demonstrating loyalty to his boss, George W. Bush, at the same time -- still mystifies. But we're not likely to see another such soon or any time.

Instead, the next Jay Carneys wait in line like so many megaphones, ready to amplify whatever a smooth-talking president says. I can hardly wait.

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Paul Greenberg is the Pulitzer prize-winning editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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