- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 7, 2001

No one knows needs of military like military leaders

On Oct. 30, The Washington Times ran my Op-ed piece "Listen to the fighters," which urged the inclusion of military leaders in Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's defense review. I wrote this opinion piece, however, on March 28 and submitted it soon after. While I stand by those recommendations, they are out of sync today. I have been pleased with Mr. Rumsfeld's increasing involvement of our military leaders in the strategy review since the time I prepared this article last spring. I am also pleased with the progress that has been made on that exhaustive effort. The war on terrorism has only reaffirmed the cooperative working relationship that has developed between the department's civilian and military leaders.

If I were to offer advice to the executive branch today, however, I would direct my criticism about the exclusion of military leaders from the process to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Members of Congress are still demanding the details of the president's emergency spending package released two weeks ago, but it is already clear that it was developed from the top down. Once again, it appears that the military is being told what its needs are by the bean counters and academics, instead of the other way around.

No one knows better than our military leaders what their urgent needs are as they head into battle, and their requirements should not be ignored by the budgeteers. The top-down management of a national emergency spending plan is absolutely unacceptable when our nation is at war and our troops are in harm's way. If OMB will not ensure full military participation in the crafting of urgent funding requests, then agency officials can be sure that Congress will do so before sending those measures to the president for signature.



Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham is a member of the Defense Subcommittee on Appropriations and the House Select Committee on Intelligence.

Proving the existence of scientists who believe in God

In his Nov. 4 Commentary Forum column, "Creationism in denial," Gregory Paul of the Washington Area Secular Humanists states that "nearly all top scientists are nontheists." I am a little puzzled by just who these "top scientists" are. On this subject, I will defer to Nobel Prize winners in science (as quoted in the book "Cosmos, Bios, Theos," edited by Henry Margenau and Abraham Varghese).

• Charles H. Townes, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics in 1964, said, "I believe in the concept of God and in His existence."

• Christian B. Anfinsen, 1972 winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, said: "I think only an idiot can be an atheist. We must admit that there exists an incomprehensible power or force with limitless foresight and knowledge that started the whole universe going in the first place."

• D.H.R. Barton, who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1969, stated: "There is no incompatibility between science and religion. Both are seeking the same truth. Science shows that God exists."

• Arthur L. Schawlow, winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in physics, said: "It seems to me that when confronted with the marvels of life and the universe, one must ask why and not just how. The only possible answers are religious. I find a need for God in the universe and in my own life."

• Sir John Eccles, 1963 Nobel Prize winner in physiology and medicine, said, "If I consider reality as I experience it, the primary experience I have is of my own existence as a unique self-conscious being which I believe is God-created."

• As Mr. Margenau, the late renowned physicist and professor of physics at Yale University, put it: "God created the universe out of nothing in an act which also brought time into existence. Recent discoveries, such as observations supporting the Big Bang and similar astronomical phenomena, are wholly compatible with this view."



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