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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 August 9, 2007 / 25 Menachem-Av, 5767

The New Republic needs to reconsider editor's duties

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What began as a controversy over the credibility of the New Republic's Baghdad Diarist is morphing into questions about the integrity of Franklin Foer, editor of the venerable liberal magazine.


The controversy began July 13 when the Diarist, a soldier in Iraq, wrote of three instances of shocking behavior:


In the first, the Diarist, who has been identified as Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp, described how he and a friend humiliated a woman on their base who had been disfigured:


"I love chicks that have been intimate with IEDs," Pvt. Beauchamp quoted himself as saying, loudly, to his buddies in the chow hall. "It really turns me on — melted skin, missing limbs, plastic noses." His friend "practically fell out of his chair laughing," Pvt. Beauchamp said. "The disfigured woman slammed her cup down and ran out of the chow hall."


Next he described finding the remains of children in a Saddam-era mass grave: "One private...found the top part of a human skull...He marched around with the skull on his head...No one was disgusted."


Finally, Pvt. Beauchamp described another friend "who only really enjoyed driving Bradley Fighting Vehicles because it gave him the opportunity to run things over. He took out curbs, concrete barriers, stands in the market, and his favorite target: dogs."


Pvt. Beauchamp was outed after Mr. Foer told a skeptical Michael Goldfarb of the Weekly Standard their Diarist was at Forward Operating Base Falcon in southeast Baghdad.


"An investigation of the charges was conducted by the command and found to be false," Col. Steven Boylan, public affairs officer for Gen. David Petraeus, told Web logger Bob Owens (Confederate Yankee) in an email Aug. 3. "Members of Thomas' platoon and company were all interviewed and no one could substantiate his claims." The afternoon before, the New Republic claimed five soldiers (who it did not identify) had corroborated Pvt. Beauchamp's accounts. "Three soldiers with whom TNR has spoken have said they repeatedly saw the same facially disfigured woman."


The New Republic's editors did note that: "The recollections of these three soldiers did differ from Beauchamp's on one significant detail. They say the conversation took place at Camp Buehring in Kuwait, prior to the unit's arrival in Iraq."


The detail is significant because Pvt. Beauchamp claimed the shocking behavior he described was a product of the morally deadening effect of war: "That is how war works," he wrote. "It degrades every part of you, and your sense of humor is no exception."


But if Pvt. Beauchamp and his buddy harassed the poor woman before they got to the war zone, it proves only that they were jerks to begin with.


The revised version may be no more true than the original tale. Nobody at Camp Buehring remembers seeing a woman fitting the description Pvt. Beauchamp provided there either:


"We have not been able to find anyone to back it up," Major Renee Russo, the public affairs officer at Camp Buehring, emailed Mr. Owens. "Right now it is considered to be an urban legend or myth."


All the incidents he described in three articles in the New Republic were exaggerations and falsehoods — fabrications containing only a "smidgen of truth," Pvt. Beauchamp told Army investigators, the Weekly Standard reported Tuesday, citing "a military source close to the investigation."


"According to the military source, Beauchamp's recantation was volunteered on the first day of the Army's investigation," Michael Goldfarb said.


On July 26, the New Republic published a statement by Pvt. Beauchamp in which he said: "I'm willing to stand by the entirety of my articles for the New Republic using my real name."


Pvt. Beauchamp lied either to Army investigators, or he lied to the magazine. There are criminal penalties for lying to Army investigators.


Some soldiers behave badly. But soldiers are much less likely to commit crimes than civilians are. Since January of 2006, there have been 59 courts martial for an average troop population in Iraq of about 140,000, Ralph Peters noted in his New York Post column Aug. 3. During the same period in the university town of Ann Arbor (population 113,000), 3,758 crimes which would have warranted courts martial were committed, he noted.


The Army has found Pvt. Beauchamp's tales to be false. That's good for Pvt. Beauchamp, but bad for the New Republic. In view of the Army's explicit denial — and Pvt. Beauchamp's apparent recantation — Mr. Foer can no longer rely on anonymous sources to justify implausible tales impugning our military.

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