August 18, 2005
During upcoming hearings on the nomination of Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court, senators should inquire about the nominee’s philosophy on the tradition of judicial deference to the military. They should also make sure that Judge Roberts does not agree with retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor that foreign court rulings may be used as guidance in America’s courts. These constitutional principles will greatly affect issues of concern to civilians as well as the military. Examples include the constitutionality of women’s exemption from Selective Service registration, religious practices at military installations and service academies, the law banning homosexuals from the military, and the Solomon Amendment—legislation that withholds government funds from colleges that discriminate against military recruiters. . . Read More

March 4, 2003
Supporters of a strong national defense recently heard the most alarming news for the military since former Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-CO) almost destroyed the Navy after the 1991 Tailhook scandal. Hillary Rodham Clinton, liberal senator from New York, is now a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). When Schroeder served on the House Armed Services Committee, (HASC), she used the committee’s "power of the purse" to advance her own feminist agenda: women in combat, homosexuals in the military, and severe punishment for Navy men (but not women) for sexual misconduct. As a member of the SASC, Hillary Clinton will be in a position to wreak similar havoc and much, much more. . . Read More

January 24, 2002
The Bill Clinton "Legacy Project," instigated last December by the former president and his friends, is off and running in an unlikely direction. Clinton’s record as Commander in Chief was abysmal. That did not stop the New York Times from publishing a New Years Day op-ed piece headlined "Winning With the Military Clinton Left Behind." The hubristic piece, written by Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution, claimed that "...President Bush stands on the verge of winning a war with the military that Bill Clinton bequeathed him."The theme was quickly picked up by the same partisans who recently denounced Senior Presidential Advisor Karl Rove for injecting "politics" into public discussions of the War on Terrorism. The Clinton Legacy Project is determined to "spin" the story to Clinton’s advantage, while hypocritically denouncing anyone who happens to notice the obvious. . . Read More

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