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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

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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

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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

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April 4, 2014

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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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Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

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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 July 21, 2005 / 14 Tammuz, 5765

In recalling Westmoreland and the lessons of 'Nam, one can't help but wonder if history is being repeated

By Bob Tyrrell

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When retired Gen. William Westmoreland (Ret.) died this week in Charleston, S.C., the press erupted with reminiscences, mostly about him and the Vietnam War, mostly permeated with the myths of the Kultursmog , the politically-polluted culture of our elites, our liberal elites. After Vietnam the general spent the rest of his life refighting the war. He never learned that it was a war we could not win. He was a failure. These are three of the foul thoughts that pollute the liberals' culture and were repeated in many of his obituaries.

I knew Westmoreland later in life, not as a general but as a private citizen. For years he served on the board of The American Spectator. He was interested in journalism. He felt many American journalists did a pretty shabby job in covering the military. When a CBS News documentary, "The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception," claimed in 1982 that he, as the commanding officer in Vietnam, had engaged in a "conspiracy" to "suppress" unfavorable intelligence and dupe America into believing we were winning the war, Westmoreland sued. CBS, after four painful months, admitted to grievous error and settled out of court. The general felt vindicated, but I doubt he ever felt fully satisfied. Somehow, he could not accept that American journalists would get the facts so wrong and apply the paranoid scheme of a "conspiracy" to his generalship.

The old general I knew at American Spectator board meetings and other events was as incapable of conspiracy as he was incapable of bad manners. He was a thorough gentleman. Far from being consumed by Vietnam, he never mentioned it unless one of his fellow board members brought it up. Nor did he talk much about military matters or his own illustrious military service. He had breezed through the Citadel and West Point, where in his last year he received the Pershing Sword for achieving the highest command position in the student body. He went on to fight valiantly through WWII in Europe. In Korea he commanded paratroopers and late in his career, insisted on leaping out of airplanes. I once asked him why, as a relatively old man, he attempted such derring-do. If his young troopers could do it, he told me, he wanted to, also. And I remember his smile in answering my question.

He was a perfect gentleman, but he was also a can-do kind of guy. Most of our soldiers are. Westmoreland was also a fount of good sense. There was a serene quality to him, and far from being preoccupied with anything from Vietnam to politics, he always struck me as level-headed and sagacious. At the magazine, we have always prided ourselves in developing younger generations of clear-headed journalists, and that seemed to be an interest of his. With regard to the Vietnam War, he thought many of the journalists had gotten it wrong, but I could only get that judgment out of him when I brought the matter up.

The war was never a military defeat, he believed. It was a political defeat. The politicians did not have the stomach for victory. What burned them most badly was the 1968 Tet Offensive, during which the North Vietnamese launched a massive offensive that temporarily put them in control of critical parts of the country. Westmoreland instantly counterattacked, vanquishing the enemy and leaving 40,000 dead to the one thousand we lost. In military terms, it was equivalent to Gen. Andrew Jackson's victory over the British at New Orleans, but the journalists reported it as a defeat, and so it was recorded for years.

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Actually, now historians are noting that in military terms, Tet was the Communists' defeat. Our armies never lost in Vietnam, and Vietnam only fell after our armies had been withdrawn and our politicians reneged on their promise to resupply the South Vietnamese and bomb the North Vietnamese in the event of further aggression against the South. In the end the Vietnam War was very useful to the defense of American interests. Westmoreland's forces held off Communist designs on the Pacific rim, showed Moscow and Beijing that continued aggression would be costly, and demonstrated the superiority of American military hardware and tactics, a demonstration that did not escape the Communists' notice, particularly in Moscow. Vietnam was the last time the Communists mounted such an assault.

Yet back home the liberal politicians and their intelligentsia were whipped. They never again regained their resolve. Even today, after the American military's demonstration of its effectiveness in Afghanistan and Iraq, these bearers of the Kultursmog are revealing their defeatist nature. In Vietnam they demanded that we negotiate with Hanoi. Today the Taliban and the insurgents in Iraq offer no such opportunities to negotiate. Nonetheless, the liberals are increasingly calling for withdrawal before our interests are realized. One wonders: Can they screw things up as nicely as they screwed up Vietnam?

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