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IMAGE Breweries of Monmouth County: Belford Brewing Review
Friday, 30 January 2015
Last weekend, we went on a tour of Monmouth County breweries and after Kane and Carton we finally made it to Belford, but I wasn’t in a position to give an accurate opinion of this new outfit. You can read that review here,... Read More...
Northern Monmouth County Flood Risk Open House Feb. 20 at Henry Hudson
Friday, 30 January 2015
HIGHLANDS, NJ -  The Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management is announcing the dates of the Northern Monmouth County Flood Risk Open House, hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region II. During the open house, which... Read More...
IMAGE Three Arrested in Work Fall Insurance Fraud Scheme
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Manalapan Man Targeted Claims at Workers’ Comp, State Disability Pension FREEHOLD, NJ -  A supervisor at the former Monmouth County Youth Detention Center was arrested along with his wife and another woman on charges related to claims of an... Read More...
IMAGE Sheriff's Program Stresses Gang Prevention and Awareness Program For At Risk Juveniles
Thursday, 29 January 2015
photo: Corrections Officers Dennis Cleary & Kent Muller conduct gang prevention program. Ocean Township, NJ - Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden wants at risk youths to be aware of the dangers and negative impacts that come along with joining... Read More...
IMAGE Red Bank Police Report - January 29, 2015
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Red Bank, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Red Bank Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent; unless, and until, proven guilty in a court of law. January 22, 2015 – January 29, 2015 CRIMES: Theft occurring on... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Worst Storm Ever? (What’s up widat?)
by Woody Zimmerman
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Somehow – no doubt largely due to the vigilance and timely warnings supplied by our political and media guardians – we have managed to survive... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Into The Woods
by David Prown
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
I saw the Broadway version of "Into the Woods" in the 80's with Bernadette Peters just a few days after I saw "Les Miserables" with the original... Read More...
IMAGE Protest This Super Bowl Commercial
by Anne Mikolay
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Sunday, February 1, the New England Patriots will face off against the Seattle Seahawks in NFL Super Bowl XLIX. Football fans will tune in to see the... Read More...
IMAGE What’s that Flock in the Bay?
by Joe Reynolds
Sunday, 25 January 2015
This was a week of counting wintering water-birds. The other day I looked out onto New York Harbor and saw a large raft of diving ducks. I counted at... Read More...
IMAGE Just Sayin...
by Anne Mikolay
Sunday, 25 January 2015
While watching this month's news broadcasts, I have concluded the world is steeped in irony. This tendency to fore-go common sense and do the... Read More...


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.