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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 Feb. 14, 2008 / 8 Adar I 5768

McCain's doing away with ‘chickenhawk’ sightings

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The dodo. The passenger pigeon. The crested sheldrake. Birds driven to extinction and known only to history.


Conservation groups in the United States have done an outstanding job in recent decades raising public awareness about endangered species, preventing more feathered creatures from becoming museum artifacts. This week, the Interior Department announced another success story when it proposed removing the brown pelican from the endangered list.


Yet for every success, there are countless failures. Americans care about the beloved bald eagle. Yet how many of us even know about the Kittlitz's murrelet or the Gunnison sage-grouse? When it comes to endangerment, ignorance is an agent of extinction.


So it is with another bird that is rapidly disappearing from the American political landscape almost without notice — the chickenhawk. A search of the Nexis database reveals 263 sightings of the fair-weather fowl in U.S. newspapers in 2004, 116 in 2005, 85 in 2006 and 123 in 2007. Yet two months into 2008, there have been only eight references to this once prolific predator.


What accounts for such an astonishing decline? John McCain.


Four years ago, Democrats selected a presidential candidate who made military service his singular credential. At the same time, friendly forces denigrated the service of George W. Bush in the Texas Air National Guard.


That's when the liberal chickenhawk meme really hatched. If you hadn't fired a weapon in combat or been fired upon, you had no business making decisions about war as chief executive or even voicing an opinion about it as a citizen — that is, if you were favorably disposed to deposing homicidal dictators and ending genocidal regimes. If you were opposed to military action, any credential would suffice.


It was a stunning and cynical reversal for Democrats. For the better part of the 1990s, they vouched that studying at Oxford and not inhaling made Bill Clinton every bit as suitable to be commander in chief as George H.W. Bush, a decorated combat naval aviator, in 1992 and Bob Dole, a decorated soldier, in 1996. In 2004, however, guard duty was dismissed as cocktail hour for the country club set.


In the aftermath of the election, chickenhawk references declined as recriminations against the Kerry campaign took flight. Chickenhawk sightings rose in 2007, as Democrats retook control of Congress and debates raged about withdrawal from Iraq.


Later in the year, chickenhawks were purportedly spotted in the campaign of Mitt Romney, none of whose five sons had enlisted in the military.


As John McCain became the presumptive GOP nominee, however, chickenhawk sightings all but disappeared.


Flying 23 combat missions, getting shot down over enemy territory, being beaten within a hair of your life, tortured and held in captivity for 51/2 years, having one son in the Marines and another at the Naval Academy may not give McCain absolute moral authority on issues of national security. But by the standard set by Democrats in 2004, he has an unquestionable superiority.


Neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton has ever served in uniform, not even the Illinois Air National Guard. Obama's children are too young to enlist. But in this gender-liberating election, those keen observers who spotted chickenhawks in the Romney camp might just as well be asking why Chelsea Clinton isn't in uniform.


McCain is to the chickenhawk purveyors of the political world what "Dirty Harry" Callahan is to the mobs of mayhem in the movie world. Picture a gang of MoveOn and Code Pink types roaming through an urban wasteland, blocking entry to Marine recruiting offices and harassing people in uniform while professing to support the troops. Until McCain happens on the scene.


"Go ahead, make my day. Call me a chickenhawk for supporting the surge. You've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punks?"


Military service has never been and never should be a prerequisite for public office or to engage in public debate about military matters. And the best way for the chickenhawk mongers to relearn this civics lesson is for John McCain to teach it to them the hard way.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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