The war on terror: Misnamed, misfought, misthought

Sam Smith - According to the belligerently bombastic Daily Beast: ISIS continues to gain substantial ground in Syria, despite nearly 800 airstrikes in the American-led campaign to break its grip there. At least one-third of the country’s territory is now under ISIS influence, with recent gains in rural areas that can serve as a conduit … Continue reading The war on terror: Misnamed, misfought, misthought

The war on terror before 9/11

With US Airways going out the door, we thought we would revive one of our fond memories, as reported in 1999:  The Progressive Review's editor, Sam Smith, was detained at Washington National Airport for a half hour as five US Airways security officials, 3 police officers, and one bomb-sniffing dog attempted to determine if he … Continue reading The war on terror before 9/11

Why we lost the war on terror

Sam Smith The other morning I got confused and used the wrong national metaphor. I had just read an AP story that started: "Three suspected Islamic terrorists from an al-Qaida-influenced group nursing 'profound hatred of U.S. citizens' were arrested on suspicious of plotting imminent, massive bomb attacks on U.S. facilities in Germany, prosecutors said today. … Continue reading Why we lost the war on terror

An early terrorist suspect

EDITOR DETAINED AT AIRPORT 1998 - The Progressive Review''s editor, Sam Smith, was detained at Washington National Airport for a half hour on Wednesday Nov. 4 as five US Airways security officials, 3 police officers, and one bomb-sniffing dog attempted to determine if he was, as they suspected, a terrorist. Total evidence for the suspicion … Continue reading An early terrorist suspect