In this issue

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 Oct 6, 2011 / 8 Tishrei, 5772

Words of hard-earned wisdom on national defense

By Kevin Ferris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There seems to be something about the job of defense secretary that attracts blunt, no-nonsense realists.

Exhibit A was on display last month at the National Constitution Center, where Robert Gates demonstrated again why Republican and Democratic presidents wanted him running the Pentagon.

In a public question-and-answer session early in the day, in media interviews, and finally at the Liberty Medal presentation, Gates was thoughtful, professional - and blunt.

Asked about a U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood, he noted that as the "ultimate realist" he looks at whether an action will advance or deter the cause of peace. Gates said a unilateral move by the Palestinians deterred, but added that actions from both sides had stood in the way of progress over the years.

He defended what some consider an unnecessarily protracted survey of the military on the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." He stressed that ultimately the opportunity for all service members to ask questions, raise concerns, and work through potential scenarios would help ensure a smooth implementation of the new policy.

When an ROTC student asked what constitutes an act of war when it comes to cyber-attacks, Gates said it was a question he frequently asked at the Pentagon and one that was still largely unanswered.

Citing budget realities, he said the military couldn't afford "niche" weapons systems suitable for only one battlefield contingency. However, he also noted that defense spending - at historic lows as a percentage of gross domestic product - is not the cause of the budget crisis.

He told ROTC students that while studying team-building and group dynamics was important, especially for military leaders, they should also realize that at some point in their careers they "will have to stand alone, to say, 'This is wrong.'" And they should start preparing for such a moment long before they become general officers.

"Developing independent thought and character do not come overnight with that first star," he said.

That evening, in accepting the Liberty Medal, he called out a wrong - "the dysfunction in our political system."

He told the audience: "At a time when our country faces deep economic and other challenges at home and a world that just keeps getting more complex and more dangerous, those who think that they alone have the right answers, those who demonize those who think differently, and those who refuse to listen and take other points of view into account - these leaders, in my view, are a danger to the American people and to the future of our republic."

Exhibit B is former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was defense secretary during the first Gulf War and recently released his memoir, "In My Time."

Cheney expresses regret over some events that occurred while George W. Bush was president. There was the hunting accident in which he shot his friend; the forced retirement of Marine Gen. Peter Pace, denied the usual second tour as chairman of the Joint Chiefs; and the lack of a presidential pardon for his chief of staff "Scooter" Libby - a "grave error," the intensely loyal Cheney calls it.

But about the most controversial calls made over eight years, Cheney has no regrets.

On his energy report, and a much-panned statement on the need for both conservation and more production: "I stand by it 100 percent."

The terrorist surveillance program? "I know it saved lives and prevented attacks. If I had it to do all over again, I would, in a heartbeat."

Gitmo? "I don't have much sympathy for the view that we should find an alternative …simply because we are worried about how we are perceived abroad."

Military trials for terrorist detainees, he says, are "the best forum in which to try enemy combatants …and I have been gratified to see the Obama administration come around to the same way of thinking."

Enhanced interrogation? "The program was safe, legal, and effective."

Cheney is unequivocal in his belief that the Bush administration acted to defend the country and American lives in accordance with U.S. values after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. And he fully supports those sent to the front lines, including CIA interrogators under investigation by the Obama administration.

Cheney said in 2009: "For all that we've lost in this conflict, the United States has never lost its moral bearings. And when the moral reckoning turns to the men known as high-value terrorists, I can assure you they were neither innocent nor victims. As for those who asked them questions and got answers: They did the right thing, they made our country safer, and a lot of Americans are alive today because of them."

These two men epitomize the independent thought and character Gates mentioned, and the nation has benefited greatly from their wise counsel and decades of service.

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Kevin Ferris is commentary page editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.


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