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Middletown Receives State Grant for Summer Recreation Inclusion Program
Thursday, 23 October 2014
MIDDLETOWN – Middletown’s Summer Recreation Inclusion Program will be bolstered next year thanks to a $20,000 award from the state Recreational... Read More...
“Israel in a Changing Middle East: An Intelligence Perspective” on October 30
Thursday, 23 October 2014
West Long Branch, N.J. Monmouth University’s Jewish Cultural Studies Program presents “Israel in a Changing Middle East: An Intelligence... Read More...
IMAGE Local Volunteer Fire Departments Hold Live Training Drill
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Keyport, NJ - On Saturday morning, October 18, 2014 several northern Monmouth County fire departments conducted a large scale training exercise at... Read More...
Nominations Sought for 2015 BCC Honors
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
LINCROFT, NJ  – The Brookdale Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award, which... Read More...
IMAGE RBR Vocal Majors to Attend All State Chorus 2104
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Pictured are the eight Red Bank Regional (RBR) Visual & Performing Arts Vocal majors who will represent their high school in the prestigious... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE The Fountain of Youth
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 23 October 2014
On October 20th, actress Renee Zellweger arrived at the 2014 Elle Women in Hollywood awards with a new face. As a result of very obvious plastic... Read More...
IMAGE Review - The Skeleton Twins
by David Prown
Sunday, 19 October 2014
Recently a good friend shared that she was very amped up to see the new movie "The Skeleton Twins" playing at the Bow Tie in Red Bank. She is a big... Read More...
IMAGE Halloween Special Feature: Remembering Hans Holzer’s Paranormal Investigations in NJ (Part I)
by Dennis
Sunday, 19 October 2014
When it came to ghosts, ghouls, and stories from beyond the grave, few spoke as authoritatively as the late Dr. Hans Holzer. The Austrian-born... Read More...
IMAGE Who Put a Silver Bracelet on a Bird?
by Joe Reynolds
Saturday, 18 October 2014
As autumn progresses around New York Harbor (including the lower reaches of Sandy Hook Bay and Raritan Bay), royalty has returned to our sandy... Read More...
IMAGE Individualism and Group Activities Reconsidered
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 17 October 2014
A short while ago, one of the high school students in my church told me that she hates group projects.  She finished her part already, but... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Thu Oct 23 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Middletown Mayor Open Office Hours
Thu Oct 23 @ 3:15PM - 03:45PM
School Age Programs Grades K and up
Thu Oct 23 @ 4:00PM - 04:30PM
Preschool Story Time Ages 3 – 5
Sat Oct 25 @ 5:00AM - 08:00PM
Halloween Hullabaloo - Middletown
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Chess Club Meets - AH Library


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.