Tag Archives: U.S. Foreign Policy

Tom Hayden :
From Vietnam to Iraq, lessons never learned

We cannot trust the ‘best and brightest’ to have the answers any more than students trusted their pedigreed elders 50 years ago. By Tom Hayden | The Rag Blog | September 17, 2014 [The following remarks, provided to The Rag … Continue reading

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Harry Targ :
Obama and the myth that ‘war works’

Twentieth century narratives of international relations are no longer relevant (if they ever were). By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | September 16, 2014 President Barack Obama spoke to the nation Wednesday night, September 10, about the need to … Continue reading

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Tom Hayden :
Where is Obama’s exit strategy?

The Islamic State wants the Americans to bomb and invade its territory because foreign aggression is the surest way to unite all Sunni factions. By Tom Hayden | The Rag Blog | September 10, 2014 A disturbing omission in President … Continue reading

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Jack A. Smith :
The continuing failure of U.S. interventions

At this time of great conflict in the world, U.S. foreign/military policy seems to be intimately connected to virtually everything that’s going wrong. By Jack A. Smith | The Rag Blog | September 10, 2014 The United States insists on … Continue reading

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Murray Polner :
The Ukrainian mess: Where are the skeptics?

is this another replay of the Vietnam and Iraq eras when our mass media merely echoed government spokespeople? By Murray Polner | The Rag Blog | September 9, 2014 Poor Katrina van den Heuvel and husband Stephen Cohen, she the … Continue reading

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Harry Targ :
Lies and war!

U.S. administrations ever since Truman have justified aggressive foreign policies by lying and distorting the realities behind complex international relationships. By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | September 4, 2014 Post-modernists talk about “discourses,” “narratives,” “tropes,” and verbal “deconstructions.” … Continue reading

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Steve Russell :
The third time in Iraq is not the charm

The do-nothing Congress has to date done nothing. In better and more rational times there would already be a roaring debate. By Steve Russell | The Rag Blog | August 20, 2014 In my clearest memory of Iraq War I, … Continue reading

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Ron Jacobs :
BOOKS | The pacification that never ends

Patrick Cockburn looks at the non-state forces in the region, who they are backed by, the motives of those backers. and the sectarian desires of the jihadis. By Ron Jacobs | The Rag Blog | August 19, 2014 [The Jihadis … Continue reading

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Tom Hayden :
There are alternatives to more war in Iraq

To reject the ‘Long War’ doctrine, the American Left first has to understand it. By Tom Hayden | The Rag Blog | August 16, 2014 Hillary Clinton’s flapping of her hawkish wings only intensifies the pressure on President Barack Obama … Continue reading

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David McReynolds :
In opposition to Israeli actions, and to anti-Semitism

It is a grave error to attack Jews anywhere based on the actions of the Israeli government. By David McReynolds | The Rag Blog | July 20, 2014 In recent days there has been a flurry of anti-Semitic outbursts in … Continue reading

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Alice Embree :
VERSE | Beyond Borders

By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | July 15, 2014 On the edge of memory The slogan echoes “El Salvador is Spanish for Vietnam” U.S. weapons for Right-wing death squads Yield peasant massacres And refugees In recent memory President … Continue reading

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Ron Jacobs :
BOOKS | The evil that was Phoenix

Douglas Valentine’s ‘The Phoenix Program,’ gives lie to the ongoing attempts to turn the U.S. war in Vietnam into a noble effort. By Ron Jacobs | The Rag Blog | July 8, 2014 “Phoenix was far worse than the things … Continue reading

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