Afghanistan

From Okinawa To Afghanistan

08/23/2013
Jewish Week Correspondent
Story Includes Video: 
0

Since being posted to a United States Marine battalion in Okinawa almost two years ago, my son-in-law, Rabbi Yonatan Warren, a lieutenant in the United States Navy Chaplaincy Corp, has worked hard–- along with my daughter Leora -– to build a community of meaning for the Jewish personnel in Okinawa and its surroundings, as well as for all those men and women who might need his counseling and services. 

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

Faith Complex: Why The United States Is Not Destined To Decline

The world financial crisis and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have led commentators to conclude that the United States is slipping from its position as global hegemon. In this episode of Faith Complex, Robert J. Lieber, Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University, joins new host Mitchel Hochberg to discuss why America is not destined to decline.

Santorum, Obama And Appeasement

It  was somewhat jarring this week to see the President of the United States take to his podium to figuratively hold up the head of Osama bin Laden as a political trophy. But that's what Barack Obama felt compelled to do after Republican contenders Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney  accused the commander-in-chief of "appeasement" of America's enemies.

In Afghanistan, A Reminder Of Hate

06/28/2011
Editorial

In central Afghanistan, an 8-year-old girl was killed last week when a package she was given by members of Taliban exploded. She was told to take the parcel to a nearby police checkpoint. She did not know that she was carrying a bomb, which Taliban set off by remote control.

After Bin-Laden Death, Community Concerned About ‘Revenge,’ ‘Retribution’

05/02/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

Will Sekzer doesn’t mince words when asked about the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces Sunday.

“I wish he could have succumbed in a more sustained way,” referring to a longer, slower death, “but a bullet in the head is good enough,” said the Vietnam war veteran and former New York police officer, whose son, Jason, then 31, never returned home from work at Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Osama bin-Laden

Obama Taps Rudman, Grossman for Key Diplomatic Posts

02/17/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Obama administration has tapped veteran Jewish diplomats Mara Rudman and Marc Grossman for senior posts.

President Obama said Wednesday that he is nominating Rudman to the top State Department post administering assistance to the Middle East through the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Some reflections on Richard Holbrooke, and a contrast with Kissinger

Update: the Washington Post has "clarified" its earlier report on Richard Holbrooke's last words. Read it here.

Richard Holbrooke, Veteran Diplomat, Dies

12/14/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Richard Holbrooke, the legendary U.S. diplomat who brokered a Balkan peace and who enjoyed talking about his Jewish roots, has died.

Holbrooke, who was the Obama administration's envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan when he died, suffered a torn aorta on Friday and was hospitalized. The State Department announced his death on Monday. He was 69.

Syndicate content