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IMAGE Senator Robert Menendez and Dr. Salomon Melgen Indicted
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez Charged with Conspiracy, Bribery, and Honest Services Fraud WASHINGTON—Robert Menendez, a U.S. senator, and Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, were indicted today in connection with a bribery scheme in... Read More...
IMAGE Statement from Senator Menendez in Response to Federal Corruption Charges
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez made the following statement tonight:  “For nearly three years I’ve lived under a Justice Department cloud and today I am outraged that this cloud has not been lifted. “I’m outraged that... Read More...
Menendez Will Temporarily Step Down as Ranking Member of Foreign Relations Committee
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
Newark, NJ -   U.S. Senator Bob Menendez earlier today spoke with Democratic Leader Reid and informed him that he would temporarily step down as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  He also sent Leader Reid a letter... Read More...
AAA: Don’t Drive Distracted
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month Hamilton, NJ – Drunk driving has been a leading cause of fatalities on the road, but another deadly behavior behind the wheel that is sadly gaining in statistics: distracted driving. ... Read More...
IMAGE Gateway Closes Sandy Hook Observation Deck for Repairs; Will Reopen by Memorial Day Weekend
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
Photo: The Observation Deck at Sandy Hook is a great place to see the forest for the trees and the wildlife living there. NPS PHOTO SANDY HOOK, NJ - With the donation of materials from the Sandy Hook Foundation, Gateway National Recreation Area... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Hey, Indiana!
by Anne Mikolay
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
The average American doesn't know much about Indiana other than what we learned in grade school: Indianapolis is your capital, and you grow a lot of... Read More...
IMAGE Another Triumphal Procession
by Woody Zimmerman
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
As a change of pace for the Lenten Season, here’s a reprint of an earlier column-entry. Palm Sunday – occurring on March 29 this year – always... Read More...
IMAGE Making Homes for Fish Hawks
by Joe Reynolds
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Like an old fashioned barn raising, about 15 volunteers  with the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council came together on a clear but chilly Sunday... Read More...
IMAGE Of Food Trucks, Boardwalks, and New Development
by Dennis
Monday, 30 March 2015
Summer is just around the corner, and for those who live at the Jersey Shore, that means two things are guaranteed: the mass influx of tourists is... Read More...
IMAGE Clinton's Delusional Defense of Email
by Jack Archibald
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Last week, former Secretary of State and prospective Democrat President nominee Hillary Clinton channeled her inner H.L. Mencken.  By... Read More...

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jack_archibald_120As the country marks the eleventh anniversary of the attacks of September 11, we know that the world is a dangerous place.  Ever since that terrible time, Americans have become much more aware of the threat to our way of life, and that we are a target. Unfortunately, the war against terror is an ongoing battle, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.

Meanwhile, our focus is on the Presidential election and how we can get our economy running again.  To most voters, that will be the defining issue and they will cast their vote based on their personal well being.  However, events of the past week, may swing some votes, and even if it doesn’t, Americans are once again going to reassess our role in the world.

The two major events this week were the dual attacks on the American embassies and the Obama Administration’s snub of Israeli Prime Minister Bebe Netanyahu.  The attacks on the American embassy in Libya, and the death of our Ambassador should bring chills to Americans.  This was a brazen attack by extremists, and as of this writing, there has not been any American action to retaliate against those terrorist.  Similarly, the storming of the American embassy in Egypt brings back memories of the taking of American hostages by Iranian “students’ back in the late 1970s.

Which brings us to the other major event, or non event of the week.  The Israeli President was been denied a meeting with President Obama, surely not the type of treatment that we would extend our allies.  Perhaps the President doesn’t want to get bogged down in Iran before the election, but we can’t claim to be Israel’s biggest defender if our President won’t even meet with their leader. Of course, Netanyahu could be playing some politics himself and trying to box Obama in before the election, but that seems hardly likely given how large the stakes are in respect to Iran and their nuclear aspirations.

Nonetheless, the President can’t ignore foreign policy for the next eight weeks.  The United States has to lead and show our allies that we have their backs, and show our enemies that we will not be pushed around.  The timing is unfortunate given the focus on the election, but the world won’t wait while the American public decides on its next leader.  At this time, the voters are getting a picture of a President who cannot create jobs and appears to be over his hear in regards to economic policy.  It will not help his re-election chances, or our world standing, if Obama looks as weak in foreign affairs as he does on the domestic front.