Tag Archives: Jack A. Smith

Jack A. Smith :
Why the U.S. wants to stay in Afghanistan

The U.S. is supposed to withdraw troops by the end of the year, and the American people overwhelmingly want us to leave, but President Obama intends to retain a military presence. By Jack A. Smith | The Rag Blog | … Continue reading

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Jack A. Smith :
Climate Change Confab Brings Too Little Too Late

Climate change activists in Warsaw, Friday, November 22, 2013, portray, from right, French President Francois Hollande, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Obama, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo by Czarek Sokolowski, / AP. Climate Change meeting in Warsaw brings … Continue reading

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Jack A. Smith : What’s Up With the Egyptian Coup?

A man in Tahrir Square with his face painted in Egyptian colors. Image from CNN. Egypt’s coup:Progressive or regressive? It is ironic that the military — formerly loathed for upholding the dictatorship for decades, then further reviled during its controversial … Continue reading

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Jack A. Smith : Obama, China, and the Middle East

Samantha Powers, Susan Rice (“two cats among pigeons”), and President Obama. Photo by Charles Dharapak / AP. Foreign policy pivot?Obama, China, and the Middle East Obama has transferred the brunt of U.S. foreign/military policy away from the Middle East and … Continue reading

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Jack A. Smith : Afghanistan’s Karzai Lets Cat Out of the Bag

Afghan president Hamid Karzai. Photo by Massoud Hossaini / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images. But then, again…Afghan War may end by 2024 Washington evidently was taken aback by Karzai’s unexpected public revelations that made it clear President Obama is anxious, … Continue reading

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Jack A. Smith : What’s Behind America’s Gun Violence?

Image from Black Youth Project.Remember the children…What’s behind America’s gun violence? In recent decades — despite the fact that last year there were over 11,000 murders by firearms in the U.S. and another 20,000 gun deaths from accidents and suicide … Continue reading

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Jack A. Smith : The Left and the ‘Lesser Evil’ Dilemma

Graphic from Liberation News.For whom should the left vote? Many progressives now view Obama as the ‘lesser evil,’ but worry he will sell them out once again. By Jack A. Smith | The Rag Blog | November 5, 2012 There … Continue reading

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Jack A. Smith : Obama and Romney Differ Little on Foreign Policy

Obama and Romney: Birds of a feather? Caricature by DonkeyHotey.Birds of a feather? Obama and Romney havesimilar views on foreign policy The back and forth between the candidates on international issues is largely about appearance, not substance. By Jack A. … Continue reading

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Jack A. Smith : My Life and Times with the Guardian

Progressive journalist Jack A. Smith, 2012.My life and times with the Guardian By Jack A. Smith | The Rag Blog | August 2, 2012 Longtime radical activist and progressive journalist (and Rag Blog contributor) Jack A. Smith, former editor of … Continue reading

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Jack A. Smith : What’s Really Happening in Syria?

Free Syrian Army fighter near Idlib, Syria. Photo by Khalil Hamra / AP.What’s really happening in Syria? The principal Obama Administration target in this complex affair is Iran, not Syria. The Syrian government must fall because it is Iran’s main … Continue reading

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Jack A. Smith : America’s Conservative Era

Image from Research Digest.The election reflectsAmerica’s conservative era As the Republicans moved ever further to the right… so too did the Democrats. This leaves the U.S. as the world’s only rich capitalist state without a mass party left of center … Continue reading

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Jack A. Smith : Reversing the Vietnam War Verdict

Demonstrators at the October 21, 1967 march on the Pentagon carry a banner that says, “Support our GIs, Bring Them Home Now.”Reversing the Vietnam War verdict Most of the allegations about insults directed at soldiers or vets from war opponents … Continue reading

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