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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

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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 April 18, 2006 / 20 Nissan, 5766

Frustrated generals want Rummy axed, but it would come with a price

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As the "Rummy Must Go" chorus grows in rank and numbers, it's beginning to feel like Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's days are numbered. Three years into the war in Iraq, American casualties are back on the upswing, the fledgling government is stalled and car bombs and assassinations are wreaking havoc on civilians. The war is not yet a failure, but the prospects for victory, at least the total victory President Bush and Rumsfeld initially promised, are nil.


In short, despite Bush's praise for him Friday, there is no compelling argument for keeping Rumsfeld. He fought the war the way he wanted, against the advice of many commanders, and it hasn't worked out. Military rules of accountability, not to mention election-year jockeying, could dictate a change. But even if Bush were to do an about-face and boot him, there are two questions that everyone, including the six retired generals demanding Rumsfeld's firing, must answer before the ax falls.


First, what would be the benefits of a new secretary?


Second, how would such a dramatic firing affect the morale of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan?


As to the benefits, it's hard to see what they would be unless American policies, military and political, also change. The issue is not who, but what. What are our goals and what are we willing to do to achieve them?


Although Bush has lowered his sights, promising our troops will leave when Iraqis can take their place, even those diminished aims seem out of reach. It's not clear how a new secretary alone would make a difference.


Consider one of the key criticisms of Rumsfeld: that he was so intent on modernizing and slimming the armed forces that he never put enough troops on the ground. While military planners had for years estimated that it would take up to 500,000 troops to occupy Iraq after Saddam was toppled, coalition forces have maxed out at 180,000, including 150,000 Americans. Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, for example, one of those now condemning Rumsfeld, recently said more troops would have snuffed out the insurgency before it began. When I asked Zinni whether more troops also would have led to more American casualties, he said no, that he believed a stronger presence would have actually prevented many of our losses.


Those are intriguing points, but even if Bush and a new secretary now adopted that thinking, it may be too late to act. A huge increase in our troop levels would not be welcomed by Iraqis. And here at home, the war is so unpopular that Bush and the GOP would be punished in the November elections if they tried to send more soldiers into battle.


As for the troop morale issue, virtually all reports, official and anecdotal, say it remains high. That is a credit to the character of our forces and their training. But how would they react if Rumsfeld, their boss, were booted because of the results? We can't know for sure, but it's hard to fathom how their morale or performance would improve. Most likely, an element of doubt would surface, about themselves and their mission. Doubt on the battlefield can be fatal.


Rumsfeld has said twice that he offered to quit, but that Bush refused to accept his resignation. Perhaps the third time will be the charm. Fair enough.


And then what?

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