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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

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

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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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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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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

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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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

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. 25, 2007 / 13 Tishrei 5768

The MoveOn moment passes

By Jonathan Gurwitz

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Never again should any Democrat, especially Hillary Clinton, be permitted to use the term "politics of personal destruction" with impunity. That snicker that rolls out of liberal quarters when President Bush talks about the promotion of democracy — save it for the senator from New York and her partisan colleagues.

Let's be clear: Everyone has the right to question reports of progress from Baghdad and the wisdom of maintaining a vast military commitment to Iraq. If you're a U.S. senator who voted "with conviction" to go to war in Iraq, it might even be said that you have an obligation to do so.

What no one has the right to do is impugn the loyalty of a decorated military commander, especially a U.S. senator who praised his leadership and expertise at his confirmation hearing nine months ago. You can challenge his numbers, dispute his methodology and debate his recommendations in the toughest terms. What common decency suggests you cannot do is attack his integrity.

Democrats in Congress have gotten quite adept at deflecting any criticism, no matter how pertinent and fact-based, as an attack on their patriotism. Point out the inconsistencies of their Iraq war stances or their voting records on national security legislation, and you'll get tarnished with the faux protestation that you're somehow questioning their patriotism.

In the case of Gen. David Petraeus, the attack on his patriotism is very real. Here is the U.S. military oath for commissioned officers:

"I ... do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me G-d."

If, as MoveOn.org suggests, Petraeus is betraying the American people about Iraq, he's not supporting and defending the Constitution. If his Senate testimony, as Clinton told him, "requires the willing suspension of disbelief," then he is not bearing true faith and allegiance. Cooking the books is a treacherous — that is, treasonous — act.

Challenged by the Giuliani campaign to repudiate the MoveOn.org ad and apologize for the insult to Petraeus, Clinton said ... nothing. A campaign spokesman instead attacked Giuliani for distorting Clinton's record. Naturally. Among the Democratic presidential hopefuls, only Sen. Joe Biden was able to mete out a mild rebuke.

A group calling itself Veterans for Trust sent a letter to Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, last week asking him to return $163,000 in campaign donations he received from MoveOn.org. Next to Ned Lamont, who was unsuccessful in his bid to unseat Sen. Joseph Lieberman in Connecticut, Rodriguez was the largest beneficiary of MoveOn.org's support during the 2006 election cycle.

Rodriguez's response? Nothing.

Back in 1992, presidential candidate Bill Clinton had the wisdom to distance himself from some of the extremists in his party. Hip-hop artist Sister Souljah had commented about the Los Angeles riots, "If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?"

Clinton repudiated the statement — to the Rainbow Coalition, no less — and a new term entered the political lexicon: the Sister Souljah moment.

The Sister Souljah moment helped define Bill Clinton as the leader of a new, centrist, even reformist Democratic Party that had finally gotten past the hangover of its post-Vietnam-era, left-wing binge. A major part of that bender from the '70s was hostility to men and women in uniform, the higher the rank, the more virulent the hostility.

The absence of a Move- On.org moment defines Hillary Clinton and her colleagues as leaders of an old, marginal, especially opportunistic Democratic Party in thrall of extremists who have repackaged their contemptuous attitude toward the military in the digital era. The politics of personal destruction evidently isn't such a bad thing when it's your opponents in uniform who are being destroyed.

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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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