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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

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Sept. 27, 2005 / 23 Elul, 5765

Go, Rummy, go — home

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It saddens me to write these words, because I respect and admire him so. But it's time for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to move on.

Rummy, on balance, has been a terrific secretary of defense.

Rumsfeld's efforts to reform a baroque, wasteful, and frequently corrupt Pentagon procurement process have been heroic.

What Rumsfeld has done to seize the high ground in space, and to advance ballistic missile defense will benefit this nation for decades to come.

Rumsfeld shook the military out of Cold War thinking and an obsolescent Cold War basing structure. He has been the driving force behind a long overdue and badly needed transformation.

And those of us in the heartland will always fondly remember Rummy for demonstrating so vividly, in their interchanges in the early stages of the Iraq war, that the Pentagon press corps is "stuck on stupid."

But the balance is shifting. Rumsfeld has always had flaws (as do we all), and his flaws have caught up with his many virtues.

My concerns about Rumsfeld are both stylistic and substantive.

Rumsfeld's management of the department of defense has been highlighted by two techniques — "wire brushing" and "snowflakes" — that have long since passed the point of diminishing returns.

"Giving someone the wire brush means chewing them out, typically in a way that's demeaning to their stature," explained Thomas Barnett in a favorable profile of Rumsfeld in Esquire in August. "It's pinning their ears back, throwing out question after question you know they can't answer correctly and then attacking every single syllable they toss up from their defensive crouch. It's verbal bullying at its best."

"Wire brushing" was at first arguably necessary to shake generals and admirals out of parochial service concerns and Cold War modes of thinking, but it is inherently disrespectful of general officers, the most competent and dedicated public servants we have.

Another characteristic of Rumsfeld's management style are memoranda asking pointed questions to which subordinates are supposed to drop everything in order to respond. There are so many of these that people in the Pentagon refer to them as "snowflakes."

The sheer volume of "snowflakes" makes all management in the Pentagon crisis management. This is exhausting, hard on the morale of subordinates, and detrimental to long range planning. Not even Eskimos can tolerate "snowflakes" every single day.

Rumsfeld is almost always the smartest man in any room he enters. The problem is, he is too well aware of this.

In this way, Rumsfeld reminds me of General Douglas MacArthur, a gifted military man too well aware of his own gifts. In the end, he accomplished less than Dwight Eisenhower, a man of more modest (though still substantial) gifts, but who was modest about them.

There is another similarity between MacArthur and Rumsfeld. MacArthur chose for his closest aides sycophants more noted for their loyalty to the Great Man than for their abilities. To the limited extent that Rumsfeld takes advice, he takes it mostly from a small coterie of intellectuals whose combined military experience is zero, and whose management experience is not much greater.

Rumsfeld was a terrific CEO in the private sector, but this, too, is sometimes a problem in the Pentagon. In business, efficiency and effectiveness overlap so much they are virtually synonyms.

This isn't true in the military, where efficiency is often the enemy of effectiveness. It's efficient to use just enough force to accomplish what you need to do. But that's not what's effective in war. If your enemy shows up with a knife, bring a gun. If he has a gun, bring a howitzer, preferably two.

On the substantive level, I don't think Rummy "gets" ground warfare. He was hugely wrong — and "wire brushing" victim Gen. Eric Shinseki completely right — about the number of troops required to pacify Iraq. Still, he persists in trying to fight the war with too few troops.

In a war that's being fought almost entirely by the Army and Marine Corps, this is a big failing. Army officers think Rumsfeld has it in for them. I don't think that is true. But when a perception is as widespread as this one is, it becomes a reality.

Rumsfeld has, on balance, been a great secretary of defense. But the longer he remains in office, the less likely it is that he'll be remembered that way.

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