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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...

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mikolay_headshot_2011_120During the 2008 presidential election, voters headed to their polling places in droves, ready to cast their vote for Barack Obama. The Illinois Senator, who had been billed by the media as the only hope to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rode into the White House on a wave of anti-war fervor and unprecedented support amongst American youth.

It is no surprise that voters viewed Obama as representing the last chance to bring peace to the United States. After-all, on the campaign trail the Democratic contender appealed to those who sought to bring about an expedient end to the United States’ military involvement abroad. The Democratic Party’s leadership boasted that he was the “peace” candidate while his opponent, John McCain, was a bloodthirsty GOP contender who wanted to add new fronts to our already macabre “War on Terror.”

Voters were assured that Obama’s promises of “hope” and “change” would signal an end to the failed Bush Doctrine and the return of US troops to American soil. Anxious to avert further carnage, many American youth viewed Barack Obama as a political messiah, the individual who would single-handedly undo the damage that had been done during Bush’s eight years in the White House.

Now, three years into the presidency of Barack Obama, it has become apparent that the American voters were duped yet again. The Democratic Party tricked thousands of well meaning (yet wholly naïve) Americans into believing a false message and promises they never intended to deliver. And now even more troops are going to die because of it.

One would assume that after eight years of neo-conservative wars of aggression and failed attempts to export democratic ideals to uninterested regions of the world, Barack Obama would recognize the importance of scaling back our involvement overseas. However, rather than ending the wars and restoring America’s reputation abroad, the President has taken the exact opposite approach.

Under the Obama Administration, the United States has added a new country, Muammar al-Gaddafi’s Libya, to their growing list of active military campaigns. Nobody seems to be sure exactly why America is involved in this conflict, and even fewer are certain as to what our ultimate end goal really is. That hasn’t stopped the United States from spending taxpayer money to wage battle in Northern Africa.

While it is true that the current Commander and Chief has moved to drastically downsize the United States’ role within Iraq, one must remember that he has upped the ante in Afghanistan. And with this increased involvement came escalated casualties: nearly two-thirds of Americans killed in Afghanistan lost their lives under Obama’s watch. That certainly is a change over the previous statistics, but it doesn’t exactly give Americans hope that peace is any closer.

Given the increased calls for additional war, one would assume that the once-mighty anti-war movement, which was so quick to condemn President George W. Bush for his involvement in Iraq, would once again rise and attack Obama’s military crusades. In reality, the large-scale protests, peace vigils, and letter writing campaigns that had characterized the opposition to the Republican wars have yet to materialize.

And it doesn’t seem like they are ever going to.

Apparently, despite the current president’s tenacity for waging war, the once thriving anti-war left is uninterested in opposing him. Why? Were the peace-seeking activists of the past decade motivated more by a hatred of George W. Bush than they were a love of human life? Perhaps they believe that, unlike his predecessor’s wars, the current president’s are somehow morally justified?

Whatever the case, opposition to American interventionism seems to have gone the way of the Furby or the Pet Rock, meaning President Obama can wage as many wars as he likes with minimal criticism. That is a truly frightening realization. Who will the United States wage war with next? Iran and Syria seem likely contenders for that dubious honor.

One must wonder how much blood must be shed before the American public demands a revamping of the “War on Terror?” How many Americans have to die before voters turn their backs on both the neo-conservative Republican and Progressive Democratic war machines?

Given the neutralization of anti-war sentiment in the United States, coupled with the lack of viable Republican presidential contenders, the probability that the United States will remain engulfed in war until at least 2016 is becoming increasingly likely. The sad moral of this entire affair, however, is that by casting their ballots for a pro-war candidate the American public got exactly what they asked for. And they don’t even seem to realize it.