The Outpost: Jake Tapper on Colbert and at TBHBE

Jake Tapper. Photo by Richard Chaitt.

CNN anchor and chief White House correspondent Jake Tapper talked about his new book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor at Temple Beth Hillel Beth El. At 5:58 AM on October 3rd, 2009, Compound Outpost Keating, located in frighteningly vulnerable terrain in Afghanistan just 14 miles from the Pakistani border, was viciously attacked. Though the 53 Americans there prevailed against nearly 400 Taliban fighters, their casualties made it the deadliest fight of the war for the U.S. that year. Four months after the battle, a Pentagon review revealed that there was no reason for the troops at Keating to have been there in the first place.

In The Outpost, Jake Tapper gives us the powerful saga of COP Keating, from its establishment to eventual destruction, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of soldiers and their families, and to a place and war that has remained profoundly distant to most Americans. A runaway bestseller, it makes a savage war real, and American courage manifest.

Tapper exposed the origins of this tragic and confounding story. He explored the history of the camp and detailed the stories of the heroic and doomed soldiers. After his presentation he took questions from the audience and signed copies of his book. He was introduced by his father Temple Beth Hillel Beth El member and founding member of Philadelphia Jewish Voice Dr. Ted Tapper.

It was announced December 20, 2012 that Jake Tapper will join CNN and anchor a new weekday program and serve as the network’s chief Washington correspondent

Video of Jake Tapper on the Colbert Report follows the jump.

Romney’s “Moral Failure” to Challenge Trump on Birther Conspiracies

Birth certificate of Barack Obama

— by David A. Harris

Leave it to Mitt Romney to bring me together in agreement with George Will, who yesterday called Donald Trump a “bloviating ignoramus.”

It is disturbing in the extreme that too many Americans already harbor any thought that our president is not an American — particularly after the release of the long-form birth certificate, which one might think would have shut down the birther cottage industry. That this lunacy would actually be advanced by Mitt Romney’s surrogate and fundraising headliner du jour — the nutty Trump, who offensively doubled-down on his crazy birther questions even this morning — is just astonishing given that we’re talking about the GOP standard-bearer.

The most important thing here is what this says about Mitt Romney: when confronted by press with the inevitable questions, does he separate from Trump? Does he even appropriately challenge these outlandish claims, as John McCain did in 2008? No — he takes some variation of the “I don’t agree with every supporter” line. It’s an utter moral failure, plain and simple. What will hurt Romney most in the eyes of some independent voters is his refusal to stand up and say the right thing — to do anything, really — out of an apparent fear of offending the most extreme radical fringe of his party.

Originally published in Politico. David A. Harris is the President and CEO of the NJDC

My Flag is Still Upside-Down

— Dr. Ted Tapper

About five years ago I decided to get “patriotic” and wear an American flag pin in my lapel. I continue to do so. However, there is one variation on this practice. I wear my flag pin upside down as a sign of distress, as a sign of serious national emergency.

Since we invaded Iraq in 2003, over 4,400 American servicemen/women have been killed in combat, not to mention the dead Americana and Iraqi civilians. In Afghanistan, over 1330 American servicemen/women have died, since the start of that longest-in-American-history war.

I am appalled that our country continues to behave as if we are not engaged in war. There is no draft, as there was in the 1960s and 1970s. People clamor for tax cuts in the face of wars that will ultimately cost billions of dollars when the final totals are in. Troops return with PTSD and brain damage and have poor medical care awaiting them stateside. The World Series goes on.

Therefore, the least I can do is honor our servicemen and declare that there is a national state of distress and emergency. My flag pin will be upside down until all our troops are home.